Bar Exam Information
We provide the information below for your convenience. However, we caution you that state bars may make changes to their requirements, and so you must contact your state bar frequently to ensure that you have the most recent, correct information. The National Conference of Bar Examiners also has a useful guide on bar admission requirements, which you can view here. For the contact information for each state bar, please see the chart on the Office of Student Records' website.
Multistate ExaminationsThe National Conference of Bar Examiners, http://www.ncbex.org/, is a service organization providing standardized examinations to nearly every jurisdiction in the United States. Current tests which the NCBE provides are:
Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)A six-hour, 200-question multiple-choice examination covering Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.
Multistate Essay Examination (MEE)An examination consisting of 30-minute essay questions. Areas of law tested are Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies), Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Federal Civil Procedure, Real Property, Torts, Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests), and Uniform Commercial Code (Negotiable Instruments and Bank Deposits and Collections; Secured Transactions).
Multistate Performance Test (MPT)An examination consisting of 90-minute tasks requiring the application of fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation. Jurisdictions may use one or two MPTs for each exam. Skills tested are factual analysis, legal analysis and reasoning, problem solving, identification and resolution of ethical dilemmas, written communication, and organization and management of a legal task. Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)A two-hour, 60-question multiple-choice examination administered three times each year and designed to measure knowledge and understanding of established standards related to a lawyer’s professional conduct. It is required for admission to the bars of all but three U.S. jurisdictions.
The Uniform Bar Examination (UBE)An examination testing knowledge and skills that every lawyer should be able to demonstrate prior to becoming licensed to practice law. It is comprised of the MEE, two MPT tasks, and the MBE. It is uniformly administered, graded, and scored by user jurisdictions and results in a portable score. For a list of the jurisdictions in which the UBE has been adopted, click here.
Multistate Examination Test Dates
MEE February 23, 2016 and July 26, 2016 MPT February 23, 2016 and July 26, 2016MBE February 24, 2016 and July 27, 2016 MPRE November 7, 2015, March 19, 2016, August 13, 2016, November 5, 2016. Registration for the 2016 dates opens on Monday, December 14, 2015.
* An applicant whose religious beliefs preclude him or her from taking the examination on one of these dates may apply to take the MPRE on the following Monday. Applicants requesting to take the exam on Monday must provide a letter on official stationary from the applicant's cleric confirming the applicant's affiliation with a recognized religious entity that observes its Sabbath throughout the year on Saturday. This letter must be received by the late receipt deadline or the applicant’s registration will be cancelled.
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