1. Where can I get a list of approved law schools? All law schools approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) are also approved by the Bar Examining Committee.
Also approved by the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee is the Massachusetts School of Law.
2. How do I register for the bar examination? The application for admission by examination is available in fillable PDF format. Applications are examination specific. The application for the February 2015 examination is currently available. This application cannot be used for any other examination. See Form 1E on Forms list.
3. What is the filing deadline for the bar examination? The filing deadline for the February 2015 bar examination is Monday, December 1, 2014. An application is considered filed on the date it is received by the Committee in its Administrative Office NOT the date it is postmarked.
4. When is the bar examination given?
5. How many times may I take the bar examination? There is no restriction on the number of times a candidate may sit for the bar examination.
6. What is the format of the bar examination? The bar examination is a two-day examination:
• Day 1:
• Day 2: Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), a 200-question multiple choice examination. Information on the MBE can be found here: http://www.ncbex.org/about-ncbe-exams/mbe/.
7. What subjects are tested on the Multistate Bar Examination? The subjects tested on the MBE are: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts/Sales, Criminal Law/Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.
8. What subjects are tested on the Connecticut/Multistate essay examination? The subjects tested on the essay portion of the bar examination are: Administrative Law, Business Entities, Conflict of Laws, Contracts, Criminal Law/Procedure, Federal Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Professional Responsibility, Property, Torts, Uniform Commercial Code, Trusts/Wills/Estates.
9. How do I register for a bar review course? It is the policy of the Committee not to provide information about bar review courses. You can usually obtain this information from any law school.
10. What are the recent pass rates on the bar examination?
11. Can I transfer a Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) score?
There is no required minimum score. The Committee does not provide any advice regarding whether a particular score should be transferred.
An applicant may also sit for the concurrent MBE in another jurisdiction as a part of a bona fide bar exam in that jurisdiction and take only the MPT and the MEE/Connecticut essay examination.(b) Score Transfers FROM Connecticut to Another Jurisdiction
The Bar Examining Committee may transfer MBE scores obtained in Connecticut. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the transfer request form (Form 47) and the proper fee are received in the Committee’s office in time to meet the transfer deadline set by the jurisdiction to which the score will be transferred.
12. What is the passing score on the bar examination and how is it calculated? The passing score is 264 out of a possible 400 points. A bar examination score is the sum of the applicant's MBE scaled score and Written Examination score on the MBE scale, which consists of the MPT and the MEE/Connecticut Essay Examination (i.e., the MBE counting 50%, the MPT counting 20%, and the MEE/Connecticut Essay Examination counting 30%). There is no passing score on either part alone. For example, a high score on the MBE can offset a low score on the Written Examination. Your MBE scaled score and your Written Examination score on the MBE scale are calculated to the nearest whole number.
The MPT consists of 2 ninety-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions which are scored from 0 – 7. Your MPT raw score is the sum of the scores on each question. The theoretical range of MPT raw scores is 0 – 14.
The MEE/Connecticut Essay Examination consists of six 30-minute essay-type questions which are scored from 0 - 7. Your Essay Examination raw score is the sum of the scores on each question. The theoretical range of Essay Examination raw scores is 0 - 42.
Written Examination raw scores are converted to scores on the MBE range of scaled scores using the formula below:
SS = Xb + Sb/Sa (RS - Xa) where:
All applicants with total scores between 254 and 263 have their Written Examination answers reread. Unless the applicant clearly demonstrates that a clerical error has been made or that the Committee's grading procedures have been violated, there is no review of the applicant's answers or scores once the results of the bar examination are released.
What happens after I pass the bar examination?
Passing the bar examination is only one half of the process
leading to admission to the Connecticut bar. All candidates for
admission also undergo an intensive character and fitness
investigation. Candidates who have passed the
bar examination, have completed their files in a timely manner, and
have been recommended for admission to the bar will be scheduled by
the Committee for an admission ceremony. Currently there is a group
ceremony before the Supreme Court following each examination.
Candidates who have passed the bar examination, have completed their files in a timely manner, and have been recommended for admission to the bar will be scheduled by the Committee for an admission ceremony. Currently there is a group ceremony before the Supreme Court following each examination.The dates of the admission ceremonies, set by the Supreme Court, are generally about one month after the bar results are published. Frequently Asked Questions by New Admittees
14. How do I petition for non-standard testing on the bar examination?If you have a disability that requires a modification of the standard testing protocols, click here for instructions and the forms.