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Florida Bar Exam

The General Bar Examination consists of two parts: Part A and Part B. The exam is always on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July.

Part A tested on Tuesday consists of three hours in the morning of three essay questions and three hours in the afternoon of 100 multiple-choice questions. Questions on Part A are designed to test your knowledge of both general law and Florida law. When Florida law varies from general law, the question should be answered in accordance with Florida law. The board publishes a study guide for Part A available at no cost. To pass the Florida portion you must obtain an average essay score of 45 out of 100 and get 55% or more multiple choice questions correct. You must have a scaled score of 136.

The subjects tested on the Florida portion of the Bar Exam are:

  1. Business Entities
  2. Contracts
  3. Professionalism
  4. Uniform Commercial Code, Articles 2, 3 and 9
  5. Federal Constitutional Law
  6. Federal Criminal Procedure
  7. Florida Civil Procedure
  8. Florida Constitutional Law
  9. Florida Criminal Law
  10. Florida Criminal Procedure
  11. Florida Dependency
  12. Florida Evidence
  13. Florida Family Law
  14. Florida Juvenile Delinquency
  15. Florida Professional Conduct
  16. Florida Real Property
  17. Florida Torts
  18. Florida Trusts
  19. Florida Wills

Part B tested on Wednesday consists of three hours of 100 multiple choice questions in the morning and three hours of 100 multiple choice questions in the afternoon. The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) is offered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. An MBE Information Booklet may be downloaded from the National Conference of Bar Examiners website. To pass the MBE portion you must get 65% or more multiple choice questions correct. You must have a scaled score of 136.

The subjects tested on the MBE portion of the Bar Exam are:

  1. Contracts
  2. Criminal Law
  3. Real Property
  4. Torts
  5. Federal Constitutional Law
  6. Federal Criminal Procedure
  7. Federal Evidence

Bar Exam Accommodations. The Florida Board of Bar Examiners states applicants who may require test accommodations during the administration of the General Bar Examination must petition the board for test accommodations. The required forms for filing a petition for test accommodations can be located on the board's website at http://www.floridabarexam.org/. The Florida Board also states the petition and required documentation must be postmarked by the timely filing deadline for the desired examination or late filing fees will be required. The final cut-off date to petition for test accommodations for the February bar examination is January 15, and for the July bar examination is June 15. However, we strongly encourage you to get your request in early. This will allow you sufficient time to appeal the board's decision if necessary. There is no cost to petition the board for test accommodations and no cost for accommodations approved by the board.

Bar Exam Logistics. The Florida Bar Examination is administered at the Tampa Convention Center. Most test-takers choose to stay in a hotel within walking or a short driving distance of the Convention Center. You may access hotel information at http://www.floridabarexam.org/ (select "frequently asked questions" in the second paragraph, and select the 10th question under the heading "Bar Examination"). You should make your hotel reservations no later than the end of your second year at the College of Law.

  • The Florida Bar of Board Examiners' website, under FAQ, describes what you may bring into the examination room. The site also includes other test-taking information, such as details on using ExamSoft to take the examination.
  • On each day of the General Examination in February and July, Stetson University College of Law sponsors an on-site luncheon so our graduates are ensured a good meal without the wait. The Office of Student Life organizes these luncheons; you will receive more information about these luncheons closer to your graduation.

Bar Exam Related Expenses. There are many expenses related to taking the Bar exam. Those expenses may include but are not limited to: a copy of your driving record ($10), a copy of past tax returns ($57), a copy of your work history ($15 to $35), electronic fingerprints ($57), application to the Bar ($700 to $1,000), commercial bar review course ($3,000 to $5,000), hotel fees ($300 to $500), laptop fee ($125) and living expenses for 3 months.

  • Bar study loans are private loans and are available for graduating students preparing to take the Bar exam. You may borrow one to help finance bar exam costs, review courses, exam deposits and/or fees, as well as living expenses. The College of Law is not involved in the lending process except to certify that students are enrolled and are expected to graduate. As with all private loans, you must have good credit to qualify for a bar study loan. For additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at finaid@law.stetson.edu or 727-562-7813.
  • Stetson College of Law may also be able to increase your federal loan money to cover the cost of the bar application. The College of Law will not increase your federal loan money to cover the cost of a commercial review course. For additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at finaid@law.stetson.edu or 727-562-7813.
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