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ALABAMA STATE BAR EXAMINATION INFORMATION

ALABAMA STATE BAR EXAMINATION

Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa
At The Convention Center
201 Tallapoosa Street Montgomery, Al 36104

BAR EXAMINATION GUIDELINES AND INSTRUCTIONS
READ THIS MEMORANDUM CAREFULLY AND FREQUENTLY BEFORE REPORTING TO THE BAR EXAMINATION

EXAMINEES MAY NOT TAKE BACKPACKS, PURSES, BRIEFCASES, FOOD OR DRINK, BEEPING ALARMS, CALCULATOR WATCHES, WRISTWATCHES WITH A PICTURE-TAKING FEATURE, PAGERS, CELLULAR PHONES, BOOKS, NOTES, SCRATCH PAPER, PALM PILOTS OR OTHER HAND-HELD COMPUTERS, ANY TYPE OF PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANTS OR WIRELESS E-MAIL DEVICES, RULERS, CALCULATORS, CAMERAS, RADIOS, TAPE RECORDERS, LAPBOARDS/DESKBOARDS, OR AIDS OF ANY KIND INTO THE TESTING ROOMS.  EXAMINEES MAY NOT WEAR HATS OR HEADPHONES.  ANY SUCH MATERIALS BROUGHT BY EXAMINEES WILL BE COLLECTED BY THE TESTING STAFF AND RETURNED WHEN THE EXAMINEE HAS COMPLETED THE EXAMINATION.

I. COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

A. Dress comfortably. The examination room is centrally controlled heat and air conditioning. However, the temperature cannot always be adjusted to meet individual needs.

B. NO SMOKING is allowed inside the CONVENTION CENTER, including the restrooms, at any time.

C. Telephones inside the TESTING CENTER may be used only at the lunch break or at the end of the day. Do not use the telephone at any time during an examination session.

D. Water coolers are inside the examination area, for your convenience, and you may leave your seat for water at anytime after the exam begins.

E. Restrooms located inside the examining area are available for use ONLY after commencement of the examination. Before leaving for the restroom, you should turn your answer booklets over or give them to your monitor.

II. STUDY AND TESTING MATERIALS

A. DO NOT BRING ANY NOTES, BOOKS, STUDY MATERIALS, CALCULATORS, OR SIMILAR REFERENCES INSIDE THE TESTING CENTER.

B. CELL PHONES INSIDE THE TESTING FACILITY ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED.

C. YOU MUST BRING:

Your Certification Card
• Your Driver’s License or some other positive, photographic identification
• A small personal stapler
• A BLACK pen

NOTE: YOU CANNOT USE A PENCIL TO ANSWER ESSAY QUESTIONS

D. ANSWER BOOKLETS AND TYPING PAPER WILL BE FURNISHED. WE WILL ALSO PROVIDE THE PENCILS TO RECORD YOUR ANSWERS TO THE MULTISTATE BAR EXAMINATION.

III. ENTERING AND LEAVING THE EXAMINATION AREA

A. ENTERING - Do not enter the examining area until you are directed to do so.

YOU WILL NOT BE ADMITTED TO THE EXAMINATION AREA WITHOUT YOUR CERTIFICATION CARD. YOU MUST ALSO HAVE YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE OR SOME OTHER PHOTOGRAPHIC IDENTIFICATION.

B. SEATING ARRANGEMENTS

You will be seated in sections according to YOUR examination number, which is listed YOUR EXAMINEE
NUMBER CARD.

THE EXAMINING AREA IS DIVIDED INTO SECTIONS. YOUR EXAMINEE NUMBER DETERMINES YOUR SECTION ASSIGNMENT. SECTION ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE POSTED NEAR THE DOOR AS YOU ENTER THE EXAMINING AREA. ENTER THE EXAMINATION AREA AND POSITION YOURSELVES IN A SINGLE LINE AT YOUR SECTION MONITOR’S TABLE. BE READY TO PRESENT YOUR IDENTIFICATION. YOUR MONITOR WILL ASSIGN A SPECIFIC SEAT TO YOU AT THAT TIME. YOU SHOULD GO IMMEDIATELY TO YOUR SEAT, BE SEATED, AND REMAIN SEATED UNTIL EVERYONE IS CHECKED IN AND SEATED. YOU WILL RETAIN THIS SEAT NUMBER THROUGHOUT THE EXAMINATION.

IF YOU FINISH EARLY, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO LEAVE THE TESTING AREA


IV. THE EXAMINATION PROCESS

A. SUBJECT AND TIME SCHEDULES

ENCLOSED IS AN EXAMINATION SCHEDULE. TIME will be announced at the halfway point of the examination period; a twenty-minute and a ten-minute announcement will be made before time is called to end the exam. YOU SHOULD REMAIN SEATED AFTER THE TEN-MINUTE ANNOUNCEMENT UNTIL TIME IS CALLED AND YOU ARE DISMISSED.

B. RULES OF CONDUCT

• DO NOT TALK WITH ANYONE. Do not begin reading the question or writing anything until you are instructed to begin the examination.
• Do not look at any other papers while answering your question.
• Do not continue writing after time is called; instead, immediately place your pen on the table.
• Do not discuss the questions with anyone until proctors have secured your papers and you have left the examination area.

SPECIAL NOTE

A VIOLATION OF THESE RULES OF CONDUCT COULD RESULT IN YOUR IMMEDIATE DISQUALIFICATION FROM THE EXAMINATION. IF YOU ARE DISQUALIFIED, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO APPEAR BEFORE THE CHARACTER AND FITNESS COMMITTEE OF THE ALABAMA STATE BAR. If you require any clarification of these rules, or if you have any doubts about the consequences of a violation, you should communicate with the Director of Admissions or the Executive Director


C. IDENTIFICATION

Each exam paper is to be identified only by the examinee’s number. This number must appear in the upper right hand corner of the examiner’s question and your ANSWER BOOKLET. Do not sign your paper with your name, or attempt, in any way, to identify yourself on the answers to the essay questions; ANY ATTEMPT TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN YOUR DISQUALIFICATION.

D. COMPLETING THE EXAMINATIONS

• WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED AN EXAMINATION QUESTION, STAPLE YOUR QUESTION INSIDE THE BACK OF THE ANSWER BOOKLET, STAPLING ONCE IN EACH UPPER CORNER. CHECK TO BE SURE YOU ARE ATTACHING THE CORRECT QUESTION TO THE CORRECT ANSWER BOOKLET


When time is called, stop writing immediately, and place your pen on the table. Monitors will collect your answer booklets. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR TABLE, AND DO NOT TALK UNTIL YOU ARE DISMISSED BY THE ADMINISTRATOR.


V. ESSAYS: GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

Essay questions will test your ability to reason logically, to analyze accurately legal problems, and to demonstrate the knowledge of the fundamental principles of law. The grade of the paper shall be measured by the reasoning power shown, as well as, by the correctness or incorrectness of the answers.

Be sure to note and to honor any specific instructions, assumptions, or guidelines from the examiner. Additionally, FOLLOW THESE GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS IN ANSWERING EACH ESSAY QUESTION:


A. WRITE LEGIBLY. Examiners will use their best efforts to understand your handwriting.

B. SINGLE-SPACE YOUR ANSWERS.

C. USE THE CORRECT ANSWER BOOKLET FOR EACH QUESTION.

D. RESPOND TO EACH QUESTION CLEARLY AND CONCISELY. It is unnecessary to repeat the stated facts except as they are incidental to your analysis.

E. CONFINE YOUR ANSWER TO THE PARTICULAR FACTS AND ISSUES PRESENTED. Do not volunteer information that is not relevant to the issue.

F. DO NOT ENGAGE IN LONG DISCUSSIONS OF VARIOUS OUTCOMES BASED ON ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING FACTS NOT PRESENTED. Only assume additional facts if you cannot answer without doing so, and in that event, briefly state the assumed facts.

G. BE CAREFUL NOT TO OVERLOOK ANY PART, OR SUBDIVISION, OF A QUESTION.

VI. GRADING OF THE EXAMINATION

The essay portions of the Academic Bar Examination are weighted so that the Alabama Civil Litigation Examination questions are worth 40 percent of the total written score, the Multi-State Essay Examination (MEE) questions are worth 40 percent, and the Multi-State Performance Test (MPT) questions are worth 20 percent of the total written score. The scaled essay test score constitutes 50 percent of the combined score and the scaled Multi-State Bar Examination (MBE) score is 50 percent of the combined score. A combined score of 128.00 is necessary to pass the academic portion of the bar examination. (See Rule VI (B) C, of the Rules Governing Admission to the Alabama State Bar).

VII. NOTIFICATION OF RESULTS

The results of this Bar Examination will be mailed to all examinees and a list of the successful examinees will be
certified to the Supreme Court on the same day. 

You will be required to execute your OATH as an attorney prior to sitting for the Bar Examination.  Upon passage of the examination, your OATH will be filed with the Supreme Court.  Successful examinees will also make an oral OATH
at the formal Admissions Ceremony. 


GOOD LUCK ON THE BAR EXAMINATION

ALABAMA STATE BAR BAR EXAMINATION SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
(The following times are as close as can be approximated)

MONDAY

(8:00 a.m. - Noon)
  •   ALABAMA CIVIL LITIGATION  (3 Hours)
TUESDAY
(8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
  • MORNING SESSION
  • MULTISTATE PERFORMANCE TESTS   (3 Hours)   
  • AFTERNOON SESSION 
  • MULTISTATE ESSAY EXAMINATION (3 Hours)
WEDNESDAY
(8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

MULTISTATE BAR EXAMINATION
  • MORNING SESSION  (3 hours) 
  • LUNCH
  • AFTERNOON SESSION (3 hours)
IMPORTANT NOTICE

YOU SHOULD BE PRESENT AT THE TIMES INDICATED ABOVE EACH MORNING AND AT THE TIMES ANNOUNCED
AFTER LUNCH BREAKS.  IF YOU ARE NOT PRESENT, THE EXAMINATION WILL PROCEED WITHOUT YOU.