Pennsylvania Bar Admission Rules Passing Standards STANDARDS FOR PASSING THE PENNSYLVANIA BAR

Order No. 246 Supreme Court Rules Docket No. 1 dated May 22, 2000, provides that:

Commencing with the Pennsylvania Bar Examination to be administered in July of 2001, and until further Order of this Court, a successful candidate for admission to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in addition to the other examination requirements approved by prior Orders of this Court which are not superseded hereby, must attain a total combined scaled score of at least 272 on the combined scores of the Multistate Bar Examination and the essay portion of the bar examination. There will no longer be a separate passing requirement for the essay and MBE portions of the bar examination. The essay portion of the bar examination will be weighted 55% and the Multistate Bar Examination portion will be weighted 45%.

Order No. 285 Supreme Court Rules Docket No. 1 dated December 6, 2001, provides that:

“Commencing with the Pennsylvania Bar Examination to be administered in July 2002, and until further Order of this Court, one Performance Test question developed by the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners may be used in lieu of a Multistate Performance Test question as a component of the essay portion of the bar examination.”

Order No. 328 Supreme Court Rules Docket No. 1 dated March 12, 2004, provides that:

“Commencing with the Pennsylvania Bar Examination to be administered in July 2006, and until further Order of this Court, the subjects tested on the essay portion of the Pennsylvania Bar Examination shall include those set forth in Attachment 1.

“Commencing with the Pennsylvania Bar Examination to be administered in July 2004, the following subjects will no longer be tested on the essay portion of the bar examination:  U.C.C. Art. III--Commercial Paper, U.C.C. Art. IV--Bank Deposits and Collections and U.C.C. Art. IX--Secured Transactions.”

ATTACHMENT 1
Subjects to be Tested on the
Essay Portion of the Bar Examination

1.  Civil Procedure (Pennsylvania and federal)

2.  Criminal Law (including related Pennsylvania and federal constitutional issues and DUI)

3.  Conflict of Laws

4.  Contracts

5.  Business Organizations (including corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and professional corporations)

6.  Wills, Trusts and Decedents' Estates (including related fiduciary responsibilities)

7.  Evidence (Pennsylvania and federal)

8.  Family Law

9.  Federal Constitutional Law

10.  Federal Income Taxes (personal only and limited to taxable and non-taxable income, deductions, proprietorships and capital transactions)

11.  Professional Responsibility

12.  Real Property

13.  Torts

14.  U.C.C. Art. II--Sales

15.  Employment Discrimination (limited to Title VII, ADA and ADEA)


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