Bar Exam

Bar Exam

If you wish to practice law in any US state, you must pass the Bar Exam.

Each state has its own specific Bar Exam, and passing that state’s exam is a key step toward becoming licensed to practice law within the state.

The Bar is a rigorous exam held over two or three days. In most states, the bar exam consists of:

  • Essay questions testing both general legal principles and that state’s particular laws.
  • The Multistate Bar Examination, or MBE, which is currently given in 48 states and tests your knowledge of common law principles in seven areas.
  • The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, or MPRE, which is an ethics exam required in most jurisdictions and can be taken in March, August or November.

Individual states decide when and how to administer their Bar Exams and what subjects will be included on the state specific portions. Individual states also decide how to grade their Bar Exams and what level constitutes a passing score.

About the New York Bar Exam (UBE):

Day 1: 

  • Morning: 2 Multistate Performance Test (MPT) items (3 hours)
  • Afternoon: 6 Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions (3 hours)

Day 2: 

  • Morning: 100 Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) multiple choice questions (3 hours)
  • Afternoon: 100 Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) multiple choice questions (3 hours)

Topics tested on the New York portion of the exam: Business Relationships, Conflicts of Law, New York Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Family Law, Remedies, New York & Federal Civil Jurisdiction & Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Trusts, Wills & Estates, UCC Articles 2, 3 & 9

Topics tested on the MBE: Contracts, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, Torts

For more information on the exam visit the New York State Board of Examiners: http://www.nybarexam.org/

Registration Dates

Date of Examination Application Filing Period
February 21-22, 2017 November 1-30, 2016

About the California Bar Exam:

Day 1:

  • Morning: 3 essays (3 hours)
  • Afternoon: 1 performance test (3 hours)

Day 2:

  • Morning: 100 MBE multiple choice questions (3 hours)
  • Afternoon: 100 MBE multiple choice questions (3 hours)

Day 3:

  • Morning: 3 essays (3 hours)
  • Afternoon: 1 performance test (3 hours)
Topics tested on the essay portion of the exam: Business Associations, Civil Procedure (Federal & California), Community Property, Contract/Sales, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence (Federal & California), Professional Responsibility, Real Property, Remedies, Torts, Wills & Trusts.

Performance Test: Examinees are aske to draft either memos, discoverty documents or arguments using “closed universe of facts”, case laws, statutes, etc.

Topics tested on the MBE: Contracts, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, Torts

For more information on the exam, visit the State Bar of California: http://www.calbar.ca.gov

Registration Dates for the California Bar

Dates of Examination Application Availability Timely Filing Final Filing Deadline
TBA TBA TBA TBA

(Only to be taken if your Law school is not accredited by the ABA or approved by the State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners).

Registration Dates for the First-Year Law Students’ Examination

Dates of Examination Application Availability Timely Filing Final Filing Deadline
October 25, 2016 July 1, 2016 August 1, 2016 September 15, 2016

Interested in taking the Bar Exam and want to prepare for it? Our Bar Review courses are here to assist you.

Contact us if you need more information.


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