Ultimate Guide to Wisconsin State Bar Exam
Wisconsin State Bar Exam | Basic Information
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What’s the format of the Wisconsin Bar?
The Wisconsin bar is administered twice each year in Wisconsin (in February and July). The examination is administered over two days in four, three-hour sessions. The Wisconsin bar has two parts: the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) and the Wisconsin essays.
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 score.
The essay questions consist of several legal essays. These essays make up 50% of your score. The essays vary by exam, sometimes including MPT questions.
• Agency and Partnership
• Business Organizations (corporations, partnerships, associations, and sole proprietorships)
• Civil Procedure (pleading and practice, and jurisdiction of courts)
• Commercial Law (including sales, secured transactions, and negotiable instruments)
• Conflicts of Laws
• Constitutional Law (federal)
• Criminal Law & Procedure
• Family Law (domestic relations)
• Limited Liability Companies
• Professional Responsibility (ethics and legal responsibilities of the profession)
• Property (includes real estate)
• Taxation (federal)
• Trusts & Estates
You can order past Wisconsin bar essays for a fee of $25.
Upcoming Bar Exam Schedule, Dates, Location
Are you interested in taking the Wisconsin State bar exam? Here’s some basic information on applying to take the Wisconsin bar exam.
The Wisconsin Bar application fee for most takers is $450. There is a $200 late fee.
*Visit the Wisconsin State Bar’s website for more information.
If you desire to take the bar exam in February, you should submit your application by December 1 to avoid late fees. If you file between December 2 and January 1, there is a $200 late fee. January 1 is the final deadline.
If you desire to take the bar exam in July, you should submit your application by May 1 to avoid late fees. If you file between May 2 and June 1, there is a $200 late fee. June 1 is the final deadline.
In addition to passing the Wisconsin bar exam with a score of at least 258, there are several requirements that must be met in order to be admitted as an attorney in Wisconsin, including:
- Certificate from Committee of Character and Fitness
- Be a graduate of an ABA approved law school
Wisconsin State Bar Admissions Office
Board Of Bar Examiners
110 East Main Street, Suite 715
P.O. Box 2748
Madison, WI 53701-2748
Phone number: (608) 266-9760
- Wallet and keys
- Photo ID
- Pencil for MBE
- Any item that can connect to the internet
- Any item that can record audio or video
- Scratch papers
- Study materials
Find more information on allowed items here.
Frequently Asked Questions
When are my Wisconsin bar exam results released?
Wisconsin bar exam results are usually posted six to nine weeks after the exam date.
Can I see my Wisconsin bar exam score?
If you passed the exam, you can not see your score. You may be able to see your score if you failed.
Can I appeal to have my Wisconsin bar exam re-graded?
How many times can I take the bar exam in Wisconsin?
You can take the Wisconsin bar without limit.
Wisconsin has reciprocity with all states and territories if reciprocity requirements are met:
- Actively practice law for three of the last five years
- Meet Character and Fitness requirements
Here’s a list of law schools in Wisconsin.
Here are some Facebook groups you may find helpful before, and after, passing the bar exam:
University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School
- Wisconsin Law 2020 Admitted Students (152 members)
- Wisconsin Law 2019 Admitted Students (375 members)
- Pre-Law Society, University of Wisconsin-Madison (102 members)
Marquette University Law School
- Marquette University Law School Dispute Resolution (60 members)
- Marquette University Law School Criminal Law Society (109 members)
- Marquette Black Law Students Association (BLSA) (86 members)
- Marquette University Law School Sports Law Society (76 members)
- Marquette Law Dispute Resolution Society (35 members)
- Marquette Labor and Employment Law Program (55 members)
- Marquette Law Students with Families
- Children and Family Law Society – Marquette University Law School (26 members)
- Marquette University Law School Class of 2023 (100 members)
- Marquette University Law School Class of 2022
- Marquette University Law School Class of 2021
- Marquette University Law School Class of 2020
- Marquette University Law School Class of 2019
- Marquette University Law School Class of 2018
- Marquette University Law School Class of 2017 (265 members)
- Marquette University Law School Class of 2016 (227 members)
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