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Bar Exam Preparation: General Information

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Bar admission is regulated by each state's board of bar examiners. Bar requirements are state-specific and vary from state to state, so it's important to check the requirements for the jurisdiction in which you plan to practice law.

  • National Conference of Bar Examiners
    The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) is the organization that produces the five multistate bar examinations. The NCBE site contains a wealth of information and should be at the of your bar prep resource list.
     
  • NCBE Jurisdiction Information
    This map contains links to bar admission agencies and bar requirements for all jurisdictions.
     
  • NCBE Bar Admissions Guide
    This publication is produced annually by the NCBE in collaboration with the ABA. It contains current information on bar admission requirements in all U.S. jurisdictions, including a directory of state bar admission agencies. It is available in pdf for free at the link above.
     
  • ABA Bar Admissions Information
    This page contains a useful overview and information on the multistate exams.

 

About the Multistate Exams

The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) produces five multistate bar examinations. Each state determines which of the tests it will use. States may also have a state-specific component.

  • 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.
     
  • Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
    A six-hour, 200-question multiple-choice examination covering Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.
     
  • Multistate Performance Test (MPT)
    An examination consisting of 90-minute tasks requiring the application of fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation. 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 Essay Examination (MEE)
    The MEE consists of six 30-minute questions. Areas of law that may be covered on the MEE include the following: Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies), Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Real Property, Torts, Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests), and Uniform Commercial Code (Secured Transactions). Some questions may include issues in more than one area of law. The particular areas covered vary from exam to exam.
     
  • Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)
    The Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) is coordinated by NCBE and is composed of the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), two Multistate Performance Test (MPT) tasks, and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). It is uniformly administered, graded, and scored by user jurisdictions and results in a portable score that can be transferred to other UBE jurisdictions.