Federal Bar Examination Information

Public Notice

 

The FEDERAL BAR EXAMINATION will be offered on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico School of Law, Tres Monjitas Industrial Park, 170 Federico Costa St., Hato Rey, PR 00918-1303. Click here for a map.

The examination consists of eight (8) separate subject areas to be tested :

Subject Area

Percentage

Questions

Federal Civil Procedure

16%

8

Federal Evidence

16%

8

Federal Jurisdiction and Venue

16%

8

Federal Criminal Procedure (Includes the subject of Sentencing Guidelines. Applicants must be familiar with the ruling in United States v. Booker, 543 U.S. 220, 125 S.Ct. 738, 160 L.Ed.2d 621(2005) and progeny from the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals).

12%

6

Local Rules

12%

6

Federal Appellate Procedure

10%

5

Bankruptcy, including the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 and the Bankruptcy Rules.

10%

5

Ethics

8%

4

TOTAL

 

50

The essay question is mandatory as it is designed to assess the candidates' proficiency in English --ability to read, write and understand the English language-- to satisfy the requirement of effective assistance of counsel to their clients under the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.  Regardless of the result in the multiple choice part of the examination, applicants who do not answer the essay question will receive a grade of "fail".

Attorneys who wish to take the examination must file an Application Form (please click here) (Acrobat Reader Required) or an online Application Form (please click here) with the Clerk of Court, 150 Carlos Chardón Street, Federal Building, Office 150, San Juan, P.R. 00918-1767.

 

  • Submit, with the application, an original certificate of good standing (not more than six months) issued by the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, the highest court of any state of the Union, the District of Columbia, the Territory of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

  • Include a non-refundable $100.00 fee payable to the Clerk, U.S. District Court, in the form of check, money order, or, if in person, in cash or credit card.  The fee will be credited towards the admission fee.

 

Application

Deadline to Submit Application, Documents and Fee.

In Person

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at 4:45 PM

·         Application

·         Original certificate of good standing

·         $100 non-refundable fee

By Mail

Friday, October 13, 2017, Postmark

·         Application

·         Original certificate of good standing

·         $100 non-refundable fee

Online

Friday, October 13, 2017, Postmark (by mail)

·         Online application receipt

·         Original certification of good standing

·         $100 non-refundable fee

 

  • Applicants who require reasonable accommodation shall submit: a letter addressed to the Clerk of Court detailing the accommodation. The request letter must be included together with the Application Form and/or be filed at the Clerk’s Office within the deadlines set forth in this Notice.

 

Petitions for review must be filed within thirty (30) days from the date of notification of the results of the examination

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL (787) 772-3016, or send an e-mail to: prd-bar-exam@prd.uscourts.gov.

 

FRANCES RIOS DE MORAN, ESQ.
Clerk of Court

rev. 07/26/2017