Bar Exam Costs And Fees

Bar Exam Costs And FeesLet’s face it: le Bar exam is an expensive test. You need to pay exam fees, license fees, and additional costs to maintain your standing as a lawyer.

Mulimuli ane, it doesn’t matter whether you’ve graduated from law school or not; it’s important to know how much you’ll be spending if you want to become a licensed attorney.

Bar Exam Preparation

Even before the test itself, law students need to start worrying about fees. O lesi foi mea, if you want to pass the Bar exam, e tatau ona e suesue ma saunia ai mo le vaiaso i luma atu o le taimi. O le mea, mo le toatele o tagata o le a aofia ai le faia o se Ioe iloiloga Bar.

So o se ala prep taua lou taimi e foliga mai e tau le faitau afe o tala. O se faataitaiga o lenei mea o Kaplan, na faasalalau i le tau mai $1,800 i $4,000. E oo lava i nisi o le tele o mataupu e toe iloilo taofia gafatia e pei o BarMax fanua pea i le ballpark o $1000 totogifuapauina. O nisi o nei tau e mafai ona faaitiitia e na o le faatauina mai o vasega suesue mo se vaega faapitoa, e pei o UBE po MBE, ae o le ai ai pea se tupe teu faafaigaluega tupe tele.

Ae peitai, if you’re worried that you cannot afford these prep courses, there are other options:

Many law firms have policies where they will pay Bar review course fees for prospective employees. This means that if you’ve already gotten post graduation job offers you may be able to request that they pay for your Bar exam study materials. Ae peitai, not every firm will be receptive to the idea. o le mea lea, you should be sure to research whether or not your future employer has done this before.

Taking The MPRE

Taking The MPRE

Toeitiiti lava puleaga US uma e manaomia ia e ui atu i le suʻega Tiutetauave Tomai Faapitoa Multistate (MPRE) i luma e mafai ona talia oe i le Bar. E le gata i, nisi setete lava e manaomia ai ia te oe se togi MPRE ui i luma e mafai ona e le suʻega Bar.

O le MPRE o se 60 tofotofoga fesili faavae i luga o tulafono e pulea ai le faafoeina o loia. e tau $125 pe afai e te faamauina ai e le ASO E FAAGATA masani, ma $220 mo le faamauina tuai. E le gata i, e tatau ona totogi le faamauina totogifuapauina mo le MPRE mo e ala i kata aitalafu ma e le o toe faafoi.

Faamauina Mo le Bar

Faamauina Mo le Bar

Registration for the Bar exam itself varies from state to state. Prices can range from as low as $150 i $1500. This money is paid directly to the state’s Board of Law Examiners or equivalent.

Ae peitai, location isn’t the only thing that impacts costs.

In some cases second time test takers are asked to pay less than first timers. If you’ve failed the exam and are trying again, some states will charge less. An example of this is Florida, which charges $1000 dollars for its test, but only $450 for repeaters.

E le gata i, e ui lava o le tele o setete faatagaina ai oe e faataitai ai ma lou laisene i isi setete, nisi faia le. I lena tulaga, o le a outou maua o le Suʻega Bar toe, ma e mafai ona maualuga atu le tau nai lo le taimi muamua lava e te tago i ai. Faaaogaina o toe Florida o se faataitaiga, loia laiseneina totogiina $1600 iina i le poloaiga ia faia le suesuega Bar.

Ia mautinoa e siaki le National Conference o suesue Bar (NCBE) Bar taiala ulufale mo se lisi atoa o totogifuapauina mo setete limasefulu uma.

polokalama suʻega

Polokalama suʻega Bar

If you want to use a laptop to type your Bar exam essays, this will add on to your fees. Although it is much more convenient than handwriting them, it can cost up to $200 extra. Again this fee varies depending on which state you are taking the exam in.



One thing people don’t account for is that the Bar exam is a two day affair that may not be close to home. You may need to pay out of pocket for food and lodging during that time. E le gata i, transportation costs such as has money or a plane ticket also add on to the cost. My advice to students is to try and figure out these accommodations and travel arrangements; if you don’t prepare for this, you could find yourself spending hundreds of dollars looking for last-minute accommodation.

Lost Work Time

Lost Work Time

Time spent preparing for and taking the test means time spent not working. O lea la, you will have to account for lost wages when you take off work for the test, especially if you cannot get paid leave.

If you aren’t working when studying for the Bar exam you may be forced to take out loans to pay for living expenses. These are actually quite common and are referred to as bar loans: used to cover fees for prep courses, exams, and living expenses.

Ina ua fai, there are also hidden costs associated with bar loans. They’re private loans, so interest rates and fees will likely be higher than federal student loans. Be careful about taking these as they can cause you to lose a lot more money in the long run.

Expenses For The Bar Examination

Expenses For The Bar Examination

leaga 'ua, the costs don’t stop once you’ve completed the exam:

After completion of the exam, you may be asked to pay filing fees to your state Bar. This can include character and fitness checks as well as criminal history records. You’ll also likely need to file driving records and pay notary fees.

Faataitaiga, candidates that have completed the California Bar exam are required to complete a moral character application that must be reviewed every three years. It’s similar to a background check that costs $640. Many states have similar requirements that cost hundreds of dollars to meet. E le gata i, most of these fees are dependent on how far ahead of the deadline that you register, so be sure to do so as early as you can in order to save money.

Many states also require licensed attorneys to take Continuing Legal Education courses to stay up to date with current laws.

manatua: be sure to check with your state’s board of Bar examiners to know exactly what is required of you.

Line pito i lalo

Line pito i lalo

Much like law school, taking the Bar exam is an expensive commitment. Ae peitai, there are many ways to mitigate costs. Most fees are dependent upon how far ahead of the filing deadline you register. o le mea lea, you should make sure that you prepare for your Bar exam well ahead of time and keep an eye out for hidden costs.

After adding up all of the total costs, you’re looking at a minimum price of about $6700. Luckily this does not all need to paid at once, and there are several ways to help pay for it. Workplaces may pay for Bar prep courses; in a worst case scenario, you can apply for a bar loan.

e mafai ona taugata le suʻega Bar, ae afai e mafai ona e tulei lou auala i ma faamaea ai, lau galuega o se loia o le a totogi lava.

ia maua se laki!

Kenneth W. Boyd

Kenneth W. Boyd is a former Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and the author of several of the popular "For Dummies" books published by John Wiley & Sons including 'CPA Exam for Dummies' and 'Cost Accounting for Dummies'.

Ken has gained a wealth of business experience through his previous employment as a CPA, suetusi, Lafoga Preparer ma Polofesa College. Today, Ken continues to use those finely tuned skills to educate students as a professional writer and teacher.