Ultimate Guide to Puerto Rico Bar Exam

Your complete guide to Puerto Rico bar exam prep.

Pass Rates · Format · Schedule · Dates · Location · Application Fees & Deadlines · What to Bring · Scores & Grading · Results · Reciprocity · Law Schools · Groups · Other Resources

*Updated June 2020

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Puerto Rico Bar Exam | Basic Information

The Puerto Rico Bar Association was started in 1911. It is mandatory to be a member of the bar association to practice as a lawyer in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is not a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) district. Puerto Rico has its own bar exam with essay questions and some multiple choice questions.

Puerto Rico Bar Exam Pass Rates

February 2020 (unknown takers)

Overall Pass Rate: unknown
First-Time Pass Rate: unknown
Repeat Pass Rate: unknown

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February 2019 (417 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 32%
First-Time Pass Rate: 29%
Repeat Pass Rate: 34%

July 2019 (614 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 35%
First-Time Pass Rate: 36%
Repeat Pass Rate: 33%

July 2018 (578 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 37%
First-Time Pass Rate: 38%
Repeat Pass Rate: 37%

Puerto Rico Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the Puerto Rico Bar?

The Puerto Rico bar is administered twice a year in Puerto Rico (in spring and fall). The examination is administered over two days. The Puerto Rico bar has essay questions and some multiple choice questions covering nine different topics.

The Puerto Rico bar covers several topics:

  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Federal Evidence
  • Federal Jurisdiction and Venue
  • Federal Criminal Procedure
  • Local Rules
  • Federal Appellate Procedure
  • Bankruptcy
  • Ethics

The exam questions will be written in Spanish, and can be answered in either Spanish or English. There is an examination question testing the ability to understand the English language.

Learn more here.

Upcoming Bar Exam Schedule, Dates, Location

Dates

Future dates are to be determined

Location

Puerto Rico Bar Exam Application

Are you interested in taking the Puerto Rico bar exam? Here’s some basic information on applying to take the Puerto Rico bar exam.

The Puerto Rico Bar exam fee is $250 for most takers.

*Visit the Puerto Rico Court’s website for more information.

Deadlines vary by year, depending on when the bar is administered.

In addition to passing the Puerto Rico bar exam with a score of at least 596 out of 1000, there are several requirements that must be met in order to be admitted as an attorney in Puerto Rico, including:

  1. Certificate from Committee of Character and Fitness

Puerto Rico Bar Exam: What to Bring

Allowed Items

  • Clear gallon size bag
  • Government-issued photo I.D.
  • Wallet
  • Keys
  • Medication and medical items

Prohibited items

  • Any item that can connect to the internet
  • Any item that can record audio or video
  • Backpacks
  • Books
  • Briefcases
  • Computer sleeves
  • Calculators
  • Cameras
  • Notes
  • Phones
  • Food or drink
  • Purses
  • Radios
  • Rulers
  • Scratch papers
  • Study materials
  • Watches

Puerto Rico Bar Exam Scores and Grading

A passing score for the bar in Puerto Rico is 596 out of 1,000.

Puerto Rico Bar Exam Results

Frequently Asked Questions

When are my Puerto Rico bar exam results released?

Puerto Rico bar exam results are usually posted four to six weeks after the exam date. You will be emailed with the results.

Can I see my Puerto Rico bar exam score?

If you passed the Puerto Rico bar exam, you won’t be able to see your score. If you failed the exam, you will be notified of your score.

Can I appeal to have my Puerto Rico bar exam re-graded?

No. Essays are automatically re-graded if you are close to passing.

How many times can I take the bar exam in Puerto Rico?

You can take the Puerto Rico bar six times.

Puerto Rico Bar Exam Reciprocity

Puerto Rico has no reciprocity with any other state. You must take the Puerto Rico bar to be admitted as a lawyer in Puerto Rico.

Law Schools in Puerto Rico

Here’s a list of law schools in Puerto Rico.

University of Puerto Rico School of Law

  • Founded: 1921
  • Located: San Juan, PR
  • Enrollment: about 565
  • Tuition Cost: $11,30
  • Bar Passage Rate: 49%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: derecho.uprrp.edu

Escuela de Derecho (PUCPR)

  • Founded: 1961
  • Located: Ponce, PR
  • Enrollment: about 380
  • Tuition Cost: $7,924
  • Bar Passage Rate: 38%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: derecho.pucpr.edu

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