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Definition of Bar Examination

The bar examination is the test which a law school graduate must pass to obtain a license to practice law. It is used to determine if a graduate is qualified to practice law in a specific jurisdiction.

The bar is offered several times per year, but most law school graduates wait until they have graduated from law school to take it. The test differs by state but generally lasts two or three days. For most states, one day consists of a portion covering state law and the second day is for the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). Requirements for bar admission change over time, and each state has its own deadline for application. For more information you can visit your state?s bar office website.

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