Ultimate Guide to South Carolina State Bar Exam

Your complete guide to South Carolina bar exam prep.

Pass Rates · Bar Review Courses · Format · Essay Topics · Schedule · Dates · Application Fees & Deadlines · What to Bring · Scores & Grading · Results · Reciprocity · Law Schools · Groups · Other Resources

*Updated February 2024

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South Carolina State Bar Exam | Basic Information

The South Carolina State Bar was formed in 1884. It is a voluntary association.

South Carolina is one of 40+ jurisdictions that have adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). South Carolina first administered the UBE in February 2017.

South Carolina State Bar Exam Pass Rates

July 2023 (406 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 73%
First-Time Pass Rate: 81%
Repeat Pass Rate: 39%

February 2023 (174 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 47%
First-Time Pass Rate: 66%
Repeat Pass Rate: 29%

February 2022 (186 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 56%
First-Time Pass Rate: 81%
Repeat Pass Rate: 29%

July 2021 (400 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 65%
First-Time Pass Rate: unknown
Repeat Pass Rate: unknown

South Carolina Bar Review Courses

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NCBE Questions 1,750+ 100+ 1,350+ 1,200+ 1,400+ 1,700+
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250+ Mnemonics
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South Carolina Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the UBE?

The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is administered twice each year in South Carolina (in February, and July). The examination is administered over two days in four, three-hour sessions. The UBE has three parts: the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).


The MBE is a six-hour test and consists of 200 multiple-choice questions that test your understanding across seven subjects. Your MBE score comprises 50% of your overall UBE score.

Watch Crushendo’s free MBE tips video.


The MEE consists of six 30-minute legal essays. The MEE makes up 30% of your score.

Essay topics may include the following: Business Associations, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Property, Secured Transactions, Torts, Trusts, Unincorporated Business Entities, Wills and Estates, etc.

Crushendo offers the most recent MEE questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used. Watch Crushendo’s free MEE tips video.


The MPT consists of two 90-minute tasks where you analyze and apply laws to specific scenarios. The MPT makes up 20% of your score. Crushendo offers the most recent MPT questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used. Watch Crushendo’s free MPT tips video.

What’s the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination?

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) tests your understanding of established standards of conduct for lawyers. The MPRE is administered three times each year (in March, August, and November). The test consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and is two hours long. Check out this MPRE Tips video!

Upcoming Bar Exam Schedule, Dates


Morning Afternoon
Day 1 MEE (3 hours) MPT (3 hours)
Day 2 MBE (3 hours) MBE (3 hours)


  • July 30–31, 2024
  • February 25–26, 2025

South Carolina Bar Exam Application

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

South Carolina State Bar Admissions Office

Physical address:

Supreme Court Building
1231 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Mailing address:

Office of Bar Admissions
Supreme Court of South Carolina
P.O. Box 11330
Columbia, SC 29211

Phone number: (803) 734-1080

South Carolina Bar Exam: What to Bring

What to bring

  • Your current driver’s license.
  • Your Bar Examination Identification & Certification Card that has your photo, NCBE number, and examinee number.

Important notes

  • You need to have these items with you for each of the four testing sessions.
  • Laptop testers should not bring their laptop in a case or bag.

Prohibited items

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

South Carolina Bar Exam Scores and Grading

A passing score for the UBE in South Carolina is 266/400. Scores of the three tests comprising the UBE are weighted as follows:

  • MBE = 50% of your total UBE score
  • MEE = 30%
  • MPT = 20%

*A passing score for the MPRE in South Carolina is 77/150.

South Carolina Bar Review Course

Crushendo’s comprehensive UBE Suite comes with everything you need to crush the South Carolina bar exam.

  • MBE, MEE, and MPT Prep
  • 250+ Proprietary Mnemonics
  • 1,750+ Licensed NCBE Questions
  • Audio Attack Outlines
  • Audio Flashcards
  • Lifetime Access

South Carolina Bar Exam Results

View lists of those who passed the South Carolina State bar exam, posted on the South Carolina State Bar Association’s website:

Frequently Asked Questions

When are my South Carolina bar exam results released?

February bar exam results are normally posted in April. July bar exam results are normally posted in October.

Can I see my South Carolina bar exam score?

If you passed the South Carolina bar exam, you won’t be able to see your score. If you failed the exam, you will receive MPT items, MEE questions, and a copy of the scored written essays in the mail.

Can I appeal to have my South Carolina bar exam re-graded?


How many times can I take the bar exam in South Carolina?

You can retake the UBE without any limit in South Carolina. However, if you fail more than three times, you will be required to complete extra study and be allowed to take the UBE only once a year.

South Carolina Bar Exam Reciprocity

Applicants seeking admission to the South Carolina State Bar, without taking the bar exam, must comply with Admission Requirements. Usually, only deans or professors moving to South Carolina law schools are allowed to have admission on motion.

South Carolina does not have reciprocal admission with any other state. You must take the bar exam to be admitted into the state of South Carolina. You can be admitted if you take the UBE in another state if you:

  • Have received a scaled score of 266 within the last three years
  • Pay a $1,000 application fee
  • Receive a Certificate of Good Standing

Law Schools in South Carolina

Here’s a list of law schools in South Carolina.

University of South Carolina School of Law

Charleston School of Law