The Ontario Bar Exam is divided into two exams: the Barrister Exam and the Solicitor Exam
The Barrister and Solicitor exams include the following topics:
Barrister Exam: Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Family Law, Public Law, Professional Responsibility, and the Rules of Professional Conduct
Solicitor Exam: Business Law, Real Estate Law, Estates Planning, Professional Responsibility, and the Rules of Professional Conduct
Each exam shares the following similarities:
Timing: The exams are 7 hours long, broken out into 2 sessions of 3.5 hours each with a lunch break in between the sessions
Questions: Each session of 3.5 hours has approximately 110-120 multiple choice questions, for a total of 220 – 240 multiple choice questions per exam.
Type of Questions: All questions are in a multiple-choice format. The questions will include independent multiple-choice and case-based multiple-choice questions. It is important to note that there are no “all of the above” or “none of the above” multiple-choice options in the Ontario Bar Exams.
Grouping of Questions: The multiple-choice questions are grouped by topic. This means, for example, that all of the Civil Litigation questions will be together in the Barrister Exam and will not be spread throughout other sections of the exam. The only exceptions to this are the Professional Responsibility and Rules of Professional Conduct questions. These questions are spread throughout the Barrister and Solicitor exams.