Wisconsin Bar Exam Essay Subjects

General Bar Exam Information:

American Bar Association
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National Conference of Bar Examiners
Provides address, telephone, and website information for each state's bar admissions office, bar exam statistics, a guide to the Uniform Bar Exam states, a link to the ABA's Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements, and information about the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam.

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Wisconsin Bar Exam Information

Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners
Tenney Building, Suite 715
110 East Main Street
Madison, WI 53703-3328
(608) 266-9760

Subjects and Topics Tested

The Wisconsin bar exam may test the following MBE and Wisconsin Essay subjects:

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure (Federal)
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (including U.C.C. Art. 2 – Sales)
  • Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts
Wisconsin Essay Subjects
  • Agency & Partnership
  • Business Organization (Incl. Corporations, LLCs, Sole Proprietorships, Associations \)
  • Commercial Law (U.C.C. Articles 3 & 9)
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Equity
  • Local Government Law
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Federal Taxation
  • Wisconsin Civil Procedure (incl. appellate practice)
  • Wisconsin Criminal Procedure (incl. appellate practice)
  • Trusts & Estates
Application Filing Deadlines and Fees

July 2017 Exam
Filing Deadline: May 1
Late Filing Deadline: June 1

February 2018 Exam
Filing Deadline: December 1
Late Filing Deadline: January 1

Application Fees
Non-attorneys: $450/ $850
Attorneys: $450/$850
Repeaters: $450
Laptop Fee: $110


Scoring and Grading

Passing the Wisconsin bar exam requires a minimum score of 258. The Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) portion counts for 50%, and the Wisconsin essay questions count for 50%.

Bar Exam Dates

The Wisconsin bar exam is administered twice per year – once in February and once in July.

Upcoming Exams

2017: July 25-26

2018: February 27-28 and July 24-25

Bar Exam Results

Wisconsin bar exam results are typically released 9 weeks after the exam.

Bar Exam Format

The Wisconsin bar exam is 2 days long and consists of the MBE, 9 Wisconsin essay questions, and 10 short answer questions.

Day includes two 3-hour morning sessions. On day one there may be up to 8 essay questions and 2 MPTs administered.

100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour morning session, and 100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour afternoon session.


The Wisconsin Bar allows admission on motion if the applicant meets all requirements for admission, including: (1) has practiced law for 3 of the last 5 years in a U.S. jurisdiction.

Jurisdiction rules and policies change. Be sure to consult the jurisdiction’s bar admission agency directly for the most current info.








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