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Preparing for the Bar Exam: PA

Pennsylvania Bar Resources

Regent Law Faculty are absolutely committed to preparing students for their state's bar exam.

This guide is designed to complement, and should not be used to replace a formal bar exam preparatory course or information posted for current students by the Office of Career & Alumni Services.

--past 3 years; analysis + sample answers
--Students should inquire at the Access Services Desk for older Pennsylvania essay questions.
MBE Sample Questions (scroll to end)
Elective Courses that Support PA Essay Subjects
Conflicts of Law
Employmment Discrimination
Family Law
Individual Federal Income Tax
Sales (UCC1)
Wills, Trusts & Estates

Military and Military Spouses

Because states recognize that service members and their families are required to move often and that this can be a hindrance to the practice of law by military spouses, many states admit spouses of active duty service members to the bar without additional examination even though they may not otherwise qualify for admission or reciprocity. Click below to read the pertinent rule for this state:

Limited Admission of Spouses of Active Duty Service Members

Pennsylvania Essay + MBE + MPRE

Official Information Subjects Questions
Business Organizations   
 – Including corporations, partnerships, LLCs and professional corporations
Civil Procedure   
 –  Pennsylvania and federal
Conflict of Laws  
Constitutional Law  – Federal   
Criminal Law   
 – Including related Pennsylvania and federal constitutional issues and DUI
Employment Discrimination   
 – Limited to Title VII, ADA and ADEA
 – Pennsylvania and federal
Family Law   
Federal Income Taxes   
 – Personal only and limited to taxable and non-taxable income, deductions, proprietorships and capital transactions
Professional Responsibility   
Real Property  
UCC, Article 2 (Sales)   
Wills, Trusts and Decedent's Estates   
 – Including related fiduciary responsibilities
6 essay questions
One may be an MPT or PA performance test question.
Tests ability to perform an assigned task with facts and resources provided.
Incorporated into essay exam
Civil Procedure
Constitutional Law
Criminal Law & Procedure
Real Property
200 multiple choice
Questions evenly distributed among the six subjects
Two 3-hour sessions

Model Rules of Professional Conduct
Model Code of Judicial Conduct

60 multiple choice
2 hours