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Frequently Asked Questions
about Admission to the Connecticut bar

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Admission by Examination
  1. List of approved law schools
  2. Registering for the bar examination
  3. Filing deadline
  4. Examination dates
  5. Numbers of times you can take the bar examination
  6. Exam format
  7. Exam subjects - Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
  8. Exam subjects - essay examination
  9. Bar review courses
  10. Pass rates
  11. MBE transfer
  12. Passing score
  13. Admission after passing the examination
  14. Non-standard testing on the bar examination
  15. Copy of your filed bar application
  16. Fees

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 July 2016 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 July 2016 bar examination is Monday, May 2, 2016. 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?

Exam dates Exam site Results date
23/24 February 2016 CoCo Key Water Resort Hotel & Convention Center 6 May 2016
26/27 July 2016 CT Convention Center in Hartford 30 September 2016
21/22 February 2017 CT Convention Center in Hartford TBA
25/26 July 2017 CT Convention Center in Hartford TBA
27/28 February 2018 CT Convention Center in Hartford TBA
24/25 July 2018 CT Convention Center in Hartford TBA
26/27 February 2019 CT Convention Center in Hartford TBA
30/31 July 2019 CT Convention Center in Hartford TBA

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:

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?


Overall    1st Time   
Exam Date Pass Total Avg MBE Pass Total
Feb. 2006 276 390 136.87 221 267
July 2006 732 949 142.99 704 849
Feb. 2007 258 374 137.91 196 235
July 2007 657 812 143.34 635 737
Feb. 2008 276 390 139.29 223 268

July 2008

642 787 143.56 619 706
Feb. 2009 226 335 137.15 187 248

July 2009

654 817


616 716
Feb. 2010 203 305 138.05 167 207

July 2010

385 523


370 452
Feb. 2011 195 284 138.60 160 187

July 2011

389 538


371 460
Feb. 2012 185 279 137.47 154 189
July 2012 409 531 142.41 386 466
Feb. 2013 219 304 139.62 170 208
July 2013 366 497 142.31 344 428
Feb. 2014 199 278 135.37 167 192
July 2014 353 457 140.89 346 408
Feb 2015 148 219 134.82 123 143
July 2015 323 432 139.43 297 368

11. Can I transfer a Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) score?

(a) Score Transfers TO Connecticut from Another Jurisdiction
Connecticut will accept MBE scores from other jurisdictions and from prior administrations of the examination, if the applicant was successful on each examination for which the score was originally achieved. Scores are valid for three administrations:

Examination Date Valid prior scores


7/14, 2/15, 7/15
7/2016 2/15, 7/15, 2/16


7/15, 2/16, 7/16
7/2017 2/16, 7/16, 2/17
2/2018 7/16, 2/17, 7/17

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:

SS = Written examination score on MBE scale
Xb = Average Connecticut MBE score
Sb  = Standard Deviation of Connecticut MBE scores
Sa  = Standard Deviation of Written Examination raw scores
RS  = Applicant's Written Examination raw score
Xa   = Average Written Examination raw score

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.

13. 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. 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.

15. How do I obtain a copy of my bar application?

July 1984 bar exam to present:  
Written request together with a CERTIFIED CHECK or MONEY ORDER for $15.00 payable to the CONNECTICUT BAR EXAMINING COMMITTEE.
Send to:  
Connecticut Bar Examining Committee
100 Washington Street
Hartford, CT 06106-4411
  • Your name (including the name at the time of your application, if different)
  • SSN
  • DOB
  • Date of examination (Month/Year)
  • Where you want the copy sent
Prior to July 1984 bar exam:  
Written request to:  
State Archives
History & Genealogy Unit
231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
  • Your name and address
  • Date of examination (Month/Year)
  • The History & Genealogy Unit will bill you for the cost of the copy.

16. Non-refundable fees in connection with admission to the bar:
Pursuant to Article X, the following are the fees in connection with applications for admission to the bar:

1. Application by examination $750
2. Application for admission without examination $1800
3. Application for registration as authorized house counsel $1000
4. Copy of prior examination questions $15
5. Sample answer booklet (February 2010 and later) $35
6. Copy of applicant's filed application $15
7. MBE transfer fee $25
8. Replacement of examination scores $15
9. Replacement of admission certificate $20
All fees must be paid by certified check or money order payable to: Connecticut Bar Examining Committee.


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