Georgia Bar Exam
Many LL.M. students choose to sit for a bar examination in the United States upon completion of their Master of Laws studies. Although most states do not permit individuals to sit for their bar examinations unless they hold a J.D. degree from a U.S. law school, California, New York and Georgia are some exceptions to this rule. Georgia has just recently opened its bar to LL.M. students, though its admission rules are hospitable to attorneys trained outside the U.S. This goal can generally be achieved within the confines of the educational curriculum of the Wake Forest LL.M. program.
Foreign lawyers who intend to reside permanently and practice law in the United States or those who wish to take other state bar examinations should consider applying for the two-year JD degree program at Wake Forest Law.
Georgia Bar Overview:
If you are considering taking the Georgia Exam, you should carefully read the information on the official website of the Office of Bar Admissions, https://www.gabaradmissions.org/home
Exam Dates and Application Deadlines:
The Georgia Bar Examination is offered twice a year, in February and July, on the final Tuesday and Wednesday of the month. The application filing periods for the examinations are as follows:
February 2015: Apply by January 7, 2015
July 2014: Apply by June 3, 2015
Please note that Georgia also requires an Application for Certification of Fitness to Practice Law that has separate filing deadlines, usually more than 7 months before exam dates. Be sure to check https://www.gabaradmissions.org/deadlines-and-fees for that information.
Facts about the Georgia Bar:
Application Fee: $400 . There is an additional $100 fee if you wish to use your laptop during the exam. For more information on this program, go to https://www.gabaradmissions.org/laptop-testing-procedures
Bar Exam Location: Atlanta, GA
Bar Exam Format: The Georgia Bar Examination consists of three parts: (1) the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), which has been developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and is administered in virtually every state; (2) the essay portion of the examination which is prepared by the Georgia Board of Bar Examiners solely for those applicants taking the Georgia Bar Examination; and (3) the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) which has been developed by the NCBE but graded by the Georgia Board of Bar Examiners.
- The Georgia State Essay section tests the applicants ability to reason and write as a lawyer. These essays will include recognizing and analyzing a legal problem, and applying the principles of law to discuss a reasonable approach and plausible conclusion to the problem.
- The Multistate Bar Examination consists of 200 multiple choice questions that covers topics such as Contracts, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts (including statutory no-fault insurance provisions). More information can be found on the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
Most LL.M. students take a commercial bar preparation course before sitting for the Bar Exam. The Law School does not recommend any particular course and the links below are provided for reference only.
To learn more, check out one of our alumni’s blog entry about her experience preparing for and taking the Study Preparation.
The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE):
Applicants must take and pass the MPRE before or after taking the GA Bar. The MPRE is a two hour, 60-question multiple-choice examination that is administered three times per year in March, August, & November. The purpose of the MPRE is to measure the examinee’s knowledge and understanding of established standards related to a lawyer’s professional conduct. More information regarding the MPRE is available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
Please note that Georgia offers a Bar Admission for Foreign Law Consultants. This path has different requirements and a limited scope of practice available. Please take care to register for the correct exam.