The Pennsylvania Bar Exam

Our comprehensive Pennsylvania bar review course offers everything you need to succeed on your bar exam.

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Daily task schedule from day one of your studies up to the bar exam. Need to take a few days off? No problem. Directed study will adapt to work around your schedule to keep you on track.


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Bar Exam Format

The Pennsylvania Bar Examination consists of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) and the Pennsylvania Essay Exam. The Pennsylvania Essay Exam consists of six essay questions and the Pennsylvania Performance Test.

Pennsylvania Essay Exam

The essay examination consists of six essay questions that cover one or more of the subjects stated. Each essay question will usually include more than one subject area, however the subjects will not necessarily be tested in a particular order or appear in the same question number from one essay examination to the next. Applicants are expected to demonstrate their knowledge of Pennsylvania law (where applicable) when answering the essay portion of the bar examination. Please note that the value of an essay answer depends not so much upon the correctness of the conclusion(s), as upon the recognition of issues and the quality of the discussion that evidences an ability to apply the law to the facts presented, and to reason in a logical manner in arriving at a conclusion. Factors such as grammar, penmanship and spelling are not considered in the grading of the essay answers.

Pennsylvania Performance Test (PPT)

The Pennsylvania Performance Test is designed to assess the examinee’s ability to use fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation. Each examinee receives a “File” of source documents and a “Library” of cases, statutes, and rules. Each PPT question is designed to be answered within 90 minutes. It provides all necessary materials to answer the question and does not require the applicant to use any state-specific law.

Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

The MBE consists of 200 multiple-choice questions that test the following areas: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts and Sales, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.


Subjects Tested

Pennsylvania Subjects

  • Business Organizations (Corporations, Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies and Professional Corporations)
  • Civil Procedure (Pennsylvania and Federal)
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law (Pennsylvania and Federal)
  • Contracts & Sales
  • Criminal Law & Procedure (including related Pennsylvania and Federal constitutional issues and DUI)
  • Employment Discrimination (Title VII, ADA and ADEA)
  • Evidence (Pennsylvania and Federal)
  • Family Law
  • Federal Income Tax (personal only and limited to taxable and non-taxable income, deductions, proprietorships and capital transactions)
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Wills Trusts and Decedents’ Estates (including related fiduciary responsibilities)

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts and Sales
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Torts

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