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Bar Exam & MPRE Resource Guide : Delaware Bar Exam

This guide will provide resources to help you prepare to take the bar exam and MPRE.

Subjects Tested

MBE Subjects: 

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts

Essay Subjects:

  • Agency
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Corporations
  • Criminal Law (including the Delaware Criminal Code)
  • Equity
  • Evidence
  • Partnerships
  • Procedure in the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware, the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware, the Superior Court of the state of Delaware (Civil and Criminal), the Family Court of the State of Delaware, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and the original and appellate jurisdiction of the courts of Delaware.
  • Property
  • Torts
  • Trusts
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Wills

Multistate Performance Test: 

“Closed universe” practical problem using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.

Structure of the Delaware Bar Exam

The Delaware Bar Examination will consist of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), two Multistate Performance Tests (MPT) and eight essay questions on such subjects as listed in Board Rule 12. (The subjects are also listed in this guide.)

The Bar Exam is 2 1/2 days:

  • Monday is a full day consisting of 8 Delaware essays.
  • Tuesday is a half day consisting of the MPT.
  • Wednesday is a full day consisting of the MBE.

On Monday and Wednesday, the exam schedule is 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, the exam schedule is 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Helpful Links

Delaware Jurisdiction Overview - provides an overview of the requirements and components of the bar exam for the state of Delaware.

NCBE Study Aids - this will help you find study aids for the MRRE, MBE, MEE, & MPT. It also has sample test questions and answers.

Bar Exam Questions (Delaware only publishes past Questions online not past Answers. If you want questions and answers, the law library has them in print on reserve at the circulation desk. Click this link to see the catalog record. Any questions, please see a librarian).

Delaware Board of Bar Examiner's Website

Frequently Asked Questions about the Delaware Bar Exam

Delaware Bar Exam Questions & Answers

The Delaware Board of Bar Examiners posts the questions to prior  Delaware Bar Exams online between March and May for the previous year. For example, the July 2018 questions appeared online in May 2019. Those questions are available here.

While the Delaware Board of Bar Examiners posts the questions to prior DE bar exams, representative answers are not included. The Law Library has a print collection of past exam questions and representative answers. You can find it in the catalog under: Delaware. Board of Bar Examiners (this link will take you to the catalog record). The most recent copies can be found on Reserve at the circulation desk. The binders also contain a subject index of the questions from 2004 to the most recently available questions.

They can be borrowed for up to three (3) hours and cannot leave the library.

Multi-State Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE)

The MPRE is required in Delaware, and a scaled score of 85 is passing. Applicants must ensure that the NCBE reports their score to Delaware. 


 MPRE Score Services

Clerkship Requirement

Delaware Bar Clerkship Requirement: The clerkship requirement consists of a 5-month clerkship period aggregating 21 full-time (40 hours) work weeks. The clerkship must be completed IN DELAWARE, under the supervision of a Delaware attorney. In addition, each Applicant must complete a checklist of clerkship items. An Applicant must submit their completed clerkship checklist and Preceptor certification to the Board no later than November 10th to be eligible for the December ceremony.  2019 Law Clerk Schedule of Legal Assignments (aka the Clerkship checklist.) 

From the FAQs: How long do I have to complete my clerkship checklist and 5-month clerkship and be admitted without having to retake the Bar Exam? You have until December 31st of the year following the year in which you pass the Bar Exam. Therefore, if you pass in 2016, you must be admitted to the Bar by December 31st of 2017. If you need extra time due to extenuating circumstances, you may file a Petition for an Extension of Time. Refer to Board Rule 53.