The Rhode Island Bar Examination is administered by the Bar Administrator and the Board of Bar Examiners the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July each year. The deadline for the February examination is December 1st; the deadline for the July examination is May 1st. There is no provision for late filing.
To qualify for attorney admission pursuant to Article II, Rule 2, the out-of-state attorney must have been engaged in the active practice of law for at least five (5) of the last ten (10) years immediately preceding the filing of the application for admission to the Rhode Island bar. Out-of-state attorneys taking the bar examination pursuant to Article II, Rule 2(a) - (d) are required to take only the essay and Multistate Performance Test (MPT) portions of the examination; the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) is not required. The raw scores of these applicants will be scaled to the MPT and essay scores of the applicants taking both parts of the bar examination, and a scaled score of 138 is required to pass.
Starting with the July 2012 bar examination, all applicants will be permitted to use a laptop for the essay portion of the examination at no additional cost. This service is strictly optional but applicants wishing to use a laptop must register directly with ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc. by the registration deadline. A representative from ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc. will be on-site to assist laptop users. For more information, please visit the ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc. website at www.examsoft.com.
Questions relating to the Rhode Island Bar Examination should be directed to Suzanne Augenstein, Bar Administrator.