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Image of the board's Seal. The central figure on the Seal is a griffin, a universally accepted symbol for vigilance. The griffin is holding the Nordic symbol for fidelity, which comes from Nordic mythology. Beneath the griffin appears the Latin phrase “Clemens iustitiae custodia.” Custodia is the word used for keeping watch in order to protect, and Clementia is used technically for leniency in punishing offenses. Closely translated, this phrase means “Compassionate and vigilant protection of justice.” Expanded, this would mean the watchful protection (or preservation) of justice, a watchful or protective preservation which is compassionate or merciful. The Arabic numerals "1955" appear at the bottom of the seal, indicating the year of the creation of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.

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July 2026 Examination Announcement

Changes to test specifications.

  • Register as a First or Second Year Student File the Student Registration by the earliest deadline under rule 2-23.1(a) to qualify for the lowest fee; students filing for the first time in the second year of law school must pay the full registration fee of $400. Special Note: Student Registration provides both the Certified LegaI Internship (CLI) clearance requirement, and preliminary processing for admission to The Florida Bar.
  • Convert a Student Registration or CLI Registration to Pursue Admission to The Florida Bar Student Registration should be converted at the beginning of the final year of law school. Early filing is recommended.
  • Register for Certified Legal Internship (CLI) Clearance only If you plan to take the Florida Bar Examination in the future, do not use this checklist. If you do not plan to take the Florida Bar Examination in the future, then use this checklist to file a CLI Only Registration within 250 days from entry into law school to receive registrant clearance for the lowest fee.
  • File a Bar Application (Student Registration not previously filed, first time taker of the examination) The Bar Application is required both to initiate the background investigation and to receive a ticket of admission into the General Bar Examination. Completed Bar Applications with the appropriate fee must be postmarked by the November 15 (for the February Examination) or May 1 (for the July Examination) filing deadline to avoid late filing fees. See Florida Bar Examination Information for more information about the General Bar Examination and the MPRE. Though you can wait until the filing deadlines to submit your application, the sooner you initiate the process, the sooner the investigation can begin and the better the chance that the investigation will be complete at the time the examination results are released.
  • File a Re-Examination Application (repeater or postponer) Completed Re-Examination Applications with the appropriate fee must be postmarked by the November 15 (for the February Examination) or May 1 (for the July Examination) filing deadline to avoid late filing fees. See Florida Bar Examination Information for more information about the General Bar Examination and the MPRE.
  • File an Updated Bar Application (Prior Bar Application now obsolete) For those applicants whose prior application became stale pursuant to rule 2-29(a) , was terminated pursuant to rule 3-14.6(a) , or was denied under rule 3-23.6(d) , a new Bar Application must be filed.
  • File an Application for Temporary Certification as a Military Spouse For those applicants seeking temporary certification to practice law in Florida as a military spouse under Chapter 21, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and Rule 2-23.7 of the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar.
  • File a Test Accommodations Petition
  • Amendment (PDF - 72k) Amendment forms are used to update the Bar Application. Applicants and registrants have a continuing obligation to keep each item on the Bar Application current until sworn in as a member of the Bar; or, in the case of CLI Registrants, through the conclusion of any term of Certified Legal Internship that may result. An amendment to the application is timely if made within 30 days.
  • Change of Address (PDF - 87k) This form is to be used only by applicants who do not have a portal account, to keep current contact information on file with the board. Applicants with portal accounts (those who filed on or after June 26, 2017) should provide the change of address through the portal by amending Item 1.c. of the Bar Application via an online amendment.
  • Financial Declaration (PDF - 442k) This form is to be completed if specifically requested by the board during the investigation. The form is a fillable PDF that calculates totals interactively. You should complete the form on your computer using Adobe Acrobat Reader (or a purchased product); please do not print the form and fill it out by hand. Once you have completed the form, you should either print the form to sign it and scan it, or save the form to your computer and insert an electronic signature, then upload the completed form through the applicant portal.
  • Suggested Order for Unsealing Records (PDF - 115k) If you have sealed arrest records, you will need to undertake the necessary action to have the records unsealed.
  • IRS Form 4506-T (PDF - 62k) This form is used to obtain IRS tax return transcripts. It is to be completed if specifically requested by the board during the board’s investigation. Read the instructions on page 2, complete all appropriate blanks including the transcript type requested and year or period requested (if more than four periods requested, you need to complete an additional form), sign the form, and submit the form to the IRS. Upon receipt of the transcript(s), forward the records directly to the board.
  • Authorization and Release (PDF - 63k)
  • Affidavit of Compliance (PDF - 62k)
  • Notice of Medical Alert or Condition Requiring Special Seating or Assistive Devices (PDF - 54k)
  • Notice of Postponement (PDF - 70k)
  • Certificate of Dean (PDF - 171k)

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Florida Bar Exam Information

Learn about the Florida Bar Exam format, subjects tested, dates, and requirements.

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Florida Bar Exam Dates, Cost & Location

The Florida Bar Exam is a 2-day exam. Day 1 consists of 3 essay questions in the morning, plus 100 multiple-choice questions in the afternoon. Day 2 is the Multistate Bar Exam MBE a 200-question multiple-choice exam 100 questions are offered in the AM and another 100 -- in the PM.

What subjects are tested on the Florida Bar Exam?

Corporations, Family Law, FL Constitutional Law, FL Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, FL Rules of Professional Conduct & Rules Regulating Trust Accounts, Partnerships, Trusts, Wills & Administration of Estates (all topics include equitable aspects), Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Constitutional Law, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.

What’s the minimum score for MPRE?

A scaled score of 80 on the MPRE taken within 25 months of the bar exam is required for admission ( see our MPRE Study Guide ).

Need to sign up for MPRE? Learn about registration, testing policies, and more on our MPRE Registration Guide .

How is Florida Bar Exam scored?

MBE and Florida essay/multiple-choice scores are scaled each weighted 50% to determine if an average minimum passing score of 136 was achieved.

When are Florida Bar Exam results released?

Results are released in mid-April for the February exam and in mid-September for the July exam.

Can I transfer my MBE scores from another jurisdiction?

Applicants can transfer MBE scores from other jurisdictions provided the score meets the minimum passing scaled score (136), and that score was attained within the last 25 months.

What about FL Bar Exam reciprocity?

Florida does not provide for admission on motion. Examination is required of all applicants.

What are Florida Bar Exam application deadlines and fees?

Please visit the Florida Board of Bar Examiners website for details on application deadlines and fees, as well as for more information on other topics.

How can I contact Florida State Bar?

Web: www.floridabarexam.org Tel: (850) 487-1292

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Florida Board of Bar Examiners

Image of the board's Seal. The central figure on the Seal is a griffin, a universally accepted symbol for vigilance. The griffin is holding the Nordic symbol for fidelity, which comes from Nordic mythology. Beneath the griffin appears the Latin phrase “Clemens iustitiae custodia.” Custodia is the word used for keeping watch in order to protect, and Clementia is used technically for leniency in punishing offenses. Closely translated, this phrase means “Compassionate and vigilant protection of justice.” Expanded, this would mean the watchful protection (or preservation) of justice, a watchful or protective preservation which is compassionate or merciful. The Arabic numerals "1955" appear at the bottom of the seal, indicating the year of the creation of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.

  • Admission Requirements
  • Exam Information, Test Specifications, Study Guide, and Virtual Tour
  • Examination Results and Statistics
  • Application and Conversion Checklists and Supporting Forms
  • Test Accommodations Petition
  • MPRE Information
  • Security Policy
  • Practice Analysis Study

florida bar exam 2023

July 2026 Examination Announcement

Changes to test specifications.

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Florida Bar Exam details

A typical florida bar exam is a 2-day exam.

Florida Bar Exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners .

Please also reference the  NCBE Covid-19 updates page  for NCBE updates and individual jurisdiction announcements.

Bar exam details

  • Three essay questions (AM)
  • 100 multiple-choice questions (PM)
  • Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM)

Subjects tested

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property

Florida Essay Subjects

Equitable aspects of all subjects tested

  • Articles 3 & 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Business Entities
  • Chapters 4 & 5 of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar
  • Criminal Law
  • Constitutional Criminal Procedure
  • Federal Constitutional Law
  • Florida Constitutional Law
  • Florida Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • Florida Rules of Judicial Administration
  • Professionalism
  • Wills & Administration of Estates.
  • A scaled score of 80 is required. MPRE scores are accepted only if the MPRE and the general bar exam are taken within 25 months of each other.

Click here to learn more about the MPRE .

MBE and Florida essay/multiple-choice scores are each weighted 50% in order to determine if applicant has achieved a passing score. An average scaled score of 136 will be required.

If applicant only takes one part of the exam, then a score of 136 or higher must be achieved on that part.

Reciprocity

Acceptance of mbe score.

Applicants may transfer an MBE scaled score of at least 136 achieved in another jurisdiction if taken within 25 months prior to the next scheduled exam.

Admission on Motion

Florida does not provide for admission on motion. Examination is required of all applicants.

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