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 February 2024

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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

July 2023 (431 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 44%
First-Time Pass Rate: 54%
Repeat Pass Rate: 30%

February 2023 (107 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 36%
First-Time Pass Rate: unknown
Repeat Pass Rate: unknown

July 2021 (487 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 34%
First-Time Pass Rate: 39%
Repeat Pass Rate: 28%

March 2021 (661 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 32%
First-Time Pass Rate: unknown
Repeat Pass Rate: unknown

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


  • Saturday, April 30, 2022

Future dates are to be determined


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.

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 by law school.

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: $11,300
  • 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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