IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR APPLICANTS ENTERING THE 2019-2020 ADMISSIONS PROGRAM
Significant changes to the Bar Examination are anticipated, beginning with the January 2020 sitting. Confirmation and details of the new format, as well as information about how to prepare, will be made available in June 2019. The information as currently described below is subject to change without notice. Thank you for your patience through this transitionary period. If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Admissions, Danielle Kershaw, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (506) 458-8540.
The Bar Examinations are held two times in each calendar year. These sittings are in January, late March or early April of each year. Contact the Law Society for the specific dates. Students, who do not begin articles prior to November 15th of the year, may write the Bar Examinations for the first time in late March or early April of the following year or in January of the next year. A student-at-law who fails the Bar Examination may take the Examination at the next scheduled sitting.
The Bar Examinations consists of two self-study open book exams, one on The Rules of Court of New Brunswick and one on the Statutes and Regulation of New Brunswick. For complete information, please consult the Admissions Program Guide.
What is the format of the Bar Examinations?
Examination on the Rules of Court of New Brunswick: The Examination on the Rules of Court of New Brunswick is based on the New Brunswick Rules of Court and on the New Brunswick Rules of Provincial Court Practice. This is a one-hour and thirty minute open-book exam consisting of 20 questions. The question format is short answer questions.
Examination on the Statutes of New Brunswick: The Examination on the Statutes of New Brunswick is based on a list of statutes set by the Examination Committee. Candidates have up to four-hour and thirty minutes to complete the exam.
The Statutes Examination is in two parts:
In Part A, students must answer 6 questions, each of which is based on one of the six following practise areas: Property Law, Business Law, Family Law, Wills and Estates, Civil Litigation (Motor Vehicle/Insurance Law), Professional Conduct and Ethics. Each of these questions will be worth 10 marks.
In Part B of the Examination on the Statutes, students answer 10 of 15 questions. Each of these questions will be worth 4 marks. These questions may be taken from any of the statutes on the Statutes List for the Bar Examination.
Do I have to pay to write the Bar Examinations?
Students who are enrolled in the Bar Admission Course are not required to pay a fee to write the Bar Examinations for the first time. However, there is a fee for re-writes. The current fee is $345.00 ($300.00 + H.S.T.) for the first re-write and $690.00 ($600.00 + H.S.T.) for the second re-write. These fees must be paid prior to re-writing the exam.
What may I take to the exam?
You may take one copy of the following documents:
- all listed Statutes and their Regulations,
- the Rules of Court of New Brunswick and the Forms,
- the New Brunswick Rules of Provincial Court Practice
- the Law Society Act, 1996 and all Rules made pursuant to the Act,
- the Law Society of New Brunswick Professional Code of Conduct.
These documents will not be provided for you. However you can download them onto your laptop beforehand. You are not allowed access to WIFI connection, any other internet connection or to any network while you write the Bar Examination.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Director of Admissions at (506) 458-8540.