Bar Exam Practice Test

Bar Exam Practice Test



The bar exam, or bar examination, is a test administered by a state’s bar association that a lawyer must pass before being accepted to the bar of that jurisdiction. People who want to practice law must meet the criteria and pass the bar examination before they earn a license to practice. Every country and/or jurisdiction has its own bar exam.

In the United States, taking the bar exams are administered by authorities of the individual states. Sometimes the administering agency is an office or committee of the state’s highest court. 

The bar examination in most of the United States and territories is at least two days long and typically consist of:

● Essay questions

– Basically, all jurisdiction administers a number of these questions that measure knowledge of general legal                principles and might also assess knowledge of the law of the state. For this purpose, some jurisdiction has                chosen to use the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) which has been established by the National Conference          of Bar Examiners (NCBE) since 1988. Some may create their own questions with this in mind, while some                   jurisdictions may both create their own questions and use the MEE.

● Multistate standardized exams 


Getting Started with The Bar Exam

What is the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)?

The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is a structured bar examination developed by the National Bar Examination Conference (NCBE), designed to measure the skills and knowledge that every lawyer must have before being licensed to practice law. The UBE is universally implemented and scored, which ensures that the scores can be used in various jurisdictions that have implemented the UBE.

What is on the bar exam?

The UBE bar exam is administered twice a year for two days. It comprises of three sections:
       ● Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) – 50%
       ● Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) – 30%
       ● Multistate Performance Test (MPT) – 20%

Bar Exam Format and Structure

SectionAllotted TimeFormat
Multistate Performance Test (MPT)120 minutes2 lawyering tasks (90 minutes each)
Multistate Essay Examination (MEE)3 hours6 essays
Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)

Morning session: 3 hours

Afternoon session: 3 hours

Morning session: 100 questions

Afternoon session: 100 questions

The MBE bar exam is administered on the last Wednesday of February and July every year. Whereas the MEE and MPT are conducted on Tuesday prior to the MBE. Out of each of the three types of tests, an exam-taker may expect to be assessed on:
       ● Business Associations
       ● Civil Procedure
       ● Conflict of Laws
       ● Constitutional Law
       ● Contracts and Sales
       ● Criminal Law and Procedure
       ● Evidence
       ● Family Law
       ● Real Property
       ● Torts
       ● Trusts and Estates
       ● Uniform Commercial Code

Which jurisdiction has implemented the UBE?

There have been 36 states and territories in the United States that have implemented the UBE. The Uniform Bar Exam states include:

       ● Alabama
       ● Alaska
       ● Arizona
       ● Arkansas
       ● Colorado
       ● Connecticut
       ● District of Columbia
       ● Idaho
       ● Illinois
       ● Iowa
       ● Kansas
       ● Maine
       ● Maryland
       ● Massachusetts
       ● Minnesota
       ● Missouri
       ● Montana
       ● Nebraska

       ● New Hampshire
       ● New Jersey
       ● New Mexico
       ● New York
       ● North Carolina
       ● North Dakota
       ● Ohio
       ● Oregon
       ● Rhode Island
       ● South Carolina
       ● Tennessee
       ● Texas
       ● Utah
       ● Vermont
       ● Washington
       ● West Virginia
       ● Wyoming
       ● Virgin Islands

Bar Exam Scoring System

The UBE is scored on a scale of 400 points, where the MBE is scored out of 200 points, and the written section (MEE and MPT) is scored out of 200 points. After that, your bar exam scores will then be added together. There is no minimum passing rate for either section of the test. However, states and jurisdictions have set their own bar exam pass rates. Passing scores range from 260 to 280 points.

The table below indicates the minimum bar exam passing score and the bar exam pass rates by state:

State/JurisdictionPass RateTookPassedMinimum Passing            Score
Oklahoma81.00%421341 
Missouri79.07%946748260
Iowa78.46%260 204266
New Mexico76.95%308237260
Montana76.51%149114266
Utah76.07%397302270
Oregon75.26%667502274
Kansas75.00%176132266
Idaho74.48%192143272
Nebraska74.19%217161270
Colorado69.17%1103763276
Wisconsin68.81%218150 
Illinois68.80%27401885266
Delaware68.54%213146 
Louisiana68.47%815558 
New Hampshire68.38%234160270
Minnesota68.36%825564260
Pennsylvania67.72%18651263 
Washington67.68%1120758270
Hawaii67.52%274185 
Virginia66.15%1226811 
South Carolina65.25%682445266
Texas64.88%42082730270
Ohio64.72%1372888270
West Virginia64.58%240155270
Connecticut64.34%544350266
District of Columbia64.20%16061031266
Michigan63.99%1094700 
Massachusetts63.94%18721197270
Wyoming63.33%9057270
Arkansas63.19%345218270
Maine63.13%160101276
Indiana61.24%792485 
New York61.19%140948624266
Kentucky60.61%495300 
Tennessee60.30%1068644270
Vermont58.56%11165270
Nevada58.51%523306 
Georgia58.27%17181001 
South Dakota58.26%11567 
New Jersey57.59%1351778266
Rhode Island57.58%16595276
Florida55.40%44152446 
Maryland55.33%1605888266
North Dakota53.98%11361260
Alaska53.00%10053280
North Carolina52.35%1639858270
Mississippi52.29%262137 
Alabama51.83%766397260
Arizona49.85%971484273
California44.42%129855768 

Bar Exam Registration

Registering for the bar examination itself varies from state to state. Each state charges something to register for a bar examination. Moreover, each state and jurisdiction also have their own set of requirements to take the bar exam. The detail below indicates the bar exam cost and filing deadlines for each state:

 

Jurisdiction

       Application Filing                        Deadlines

                                     Bar Exam Fees

First filing deadline

Late filing deadline

Bar exam fee for first-time takers (non-attorneys)

Bar exam fee for attorneys

Bar exam fee for repeaters

Fee for laptops, if permitted

Alabama

Oct. 1

$575

$575

$575

$121

Alaska

Dec. 1

Jan. 15

$800

$800

$500

$100

Arizona

Aug. 15

Nov. 30

$880

$880

$580

$125

Arkansas

Nov. 15

$500

$500

$500

$0

California

Nov. 1

Jan. 15

$1,228

$1,534

$1,228 / $1,534

$153

Colorado

Nov. 1

Dec. 1

$710

$710

$710

$0

Connecticut

Oct. 31

Nov. 30

$800

$800

$800

$125

Delaware

No February Exams

$700 / $1,400

$800 / $1,600

$700 / $1,400

$100

District of Columbia

Dec. 15

Dec. 30

$100 + $45 (MEE + MPT)+ $60 (MBE)

$100 + $45 (MEE + MPT)+ $60 (MBE)

$100 + $45 (MEE + MPT)+ $60 (MBE)

$145

Florida

Nov. 15

Dec. 15/ Jan. 15

$1,000

$1,600–$3,000

$450

$125

Georgia

Jan. 2

Feb. 1

$350 + $64 (MBE)+ $28 (MPT)

$350 + $28 (MPT)

$350 + $64 (MBE)+ $28 (MPT)

$100

Hawaii

Nov. 1

$500

$500

$500

$133.50

Idaho

Oct. 1

Nov. 15

$600

$800

$200 / $300

$125

Illinois

Sept. 15

Nov. 1/ Dec. 15

$950 – $1,450

$950 – $1,450

$500 – $850

$105

Indiana

Nov. 15

Nov. 30

$250

$250

$250

$110

Iowa

Nov. 1

$550

$800

$550 / $800

$122

Kansas

Oct. 1

Nov. 1

$700

$700

$700

$0

Kentucky

Oct. 1

Dec. 1

$875

$1,200

$325

$125

Louisiana

Nov. 1

Dec. 15

$750 / $875

$875

$875

$125

Maine

Dec. 20

Dec. 27/ Jan. 3

$600

$650

$600 / $650

$110

Maryland

Dec. 20

$750

$750

$400

$130

Massachusetts

75 days

$815

$815

$815

$175

Michigan

Nov. 1

Dec. 15

$775

$775

$775

varies

Minnesota

Oct. 15

Dec. 2

$500

$950

$500

$100

Mississippi

Sept. 1

Nov. 1

$525 / $825

$825

$550

varies

Missouri

Oct. 1

Nov. 1/ Dec. 31

$485 / $910

$485 / $910

$485 / $585

$105

Montana

Oct. 1

$620

$875

$310

$125

Nebraska

Nov. 1

Dec. 1

$490

$490

$225 / $490

$150

Nevada

Oct. 1

Dec. 1

$700

$1,000

$700 / $1,000

$150

New Hampshire

Dec. 1

$725

$725

$725

$52.50

New Jersey

Oct. 31

Nov. 15/ Nov. 30

$675

$675

$675

$0

New Mexico

Sept. 20

Dec. 2

$500 / $1,000

$500 / $1,000

$100

$100

New York

Nov. 30

$250 / $750

$250 / $750

$250 / $750

$100

North Carolina

Oct. 1

Nov. 5

$850

$1,650

$400

$125

North Dakota

Nov. 1

Dec. 1

$150

$150

$150

$110

Ohio

Nov. 1

Dec. 10

$358

$358

$358

$121

Oklahoma

Sept. 1

Oct. 2/ Nov. 1

$400

$1,100

$400

$125

Oregon

Nov. 15

Dec. 15

$750

$1,175

$750 / $1,125

$150

Pennsylvania

Oct. 30

Nov. 15/ Nov. 30/ Dec. 15

$650

$650

$650

$115

Rhode Island

Sept. 1/ Dec. 1

$975

$1,475

$975

$0

South Carolina

Aug. 31

Sep. 30

$1,000 / $1,500

$1,000 / $1,500 + $750

$1,000 / $1,500

$125.50

South Dakota

Nov. 1

$300

$300

$175

$100

Tennessee

Dec. 1

Dec. 20

$575

$575

$375

$100

Texas

Sep. 1

Nov. 1/ Dec. 1

$300 / $490 / $1,140

$1,040 / $1,140

$320

$120

Utah

Oct. 1

Nov. 1

$550

$850

$550 / $850

$150

Vermont

Dec. 1

$300

$300

$300

$50

Virginia

Dec. 17

$950

$950

$650 / $950

$125

Washington

Oct. 5

Nov. 6

$585

$620

$585 / $620

$134.50

West Virginia

Nov. 1

Dec. 1

$500

$800

$500 / $800

$125

Wisconsin

Dec. 1

Jan. 1

$450 / $850

$450 / $850

$450

$110

Wyoming

Nov. 15

$600

$600

$600

$85

Guam

Dec. 1

Jan. 1

$800

$800

$800

Northern Mariana Islands

Dec. 20

Jan. 3

$500

$1,000

$500 / $1,000

Palau

No February Exams

$300

$300

$300

Puerto Rico

TBA

$250

$250

$250

Virgin Islands

Dec. 1

Jan. 2

$1,100

$1,100

$500 / $500

$150

Bar Study Guide

When studying for the bar exam, law students and graduates may find the following eight bar exam study tips useful:

       1. Use bar review courses to your advantage.
       2. Create and stick to a study schedule.
       3. Keep Other Activities to a Minimum
       4. Study proactively rather than passively.
       5. Be aware of how the MBE operates.
       6. Take all of the practice exams.
       7. Take care of yourself.
       8. Recognize when you’ve had enough.

Bar Prep Books

       • Strategies and Tactics for the MBE by Emanuel Bar Review.
       • MEE One-Sheets (for the Uniform Bar Exam) or How to Pass the Michigan Bar Exam by JD Advising.
       • A book to help you stay sane during bar preparation.

Failing the Bar Exam

It is normal to fail the bar exam and afterward pass on a later attempt. Large number of repeating bar exam test takers pass each and every organization! The key is to sort out why you didn’t produce passing results for the bar exam test with the goal that you can change your methodology and pass on your next attempt.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the bar exam?

The Uniform Bar Exam is a 2-day test. Day One comprises of a written portion (MPT and MEE) and Day Two comprises of a multi-choice segment (MBE). Each day has six hours of testing in three hours interval.

Which state has the hardest bar exam?

Perhaps every law student would like to learn which countries are testing the most difficult bar exams. Sadly, no easy reply is available. You can, of course, look at the overall passing rate and determine which one is the lowest, but it doesn’t necessarily tell the entire story. States might administer extremely challenging exams, but if their takers study well, this will not be reflected in the pass rate. However, based on the test-takers feedback, below are the states with the hardest bar exams:

       ● California
       ● Delaware
       ● Louisiana
       ● Nevada
       ● Virginia

Do you need a Law degree to take the Bar?

Currently, just four states — California, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington — allow aspiring law practitioners to take the bar exam without attending law school. Alternatively, an intern with a practicing lawyer or judge is offered the option.

Law School: Does law school prepare you to pass the bar exam?

Generally speaking, no. Law school classes rarely focus on specific rules. Instead, they focus on specific concepts and educate students on the values that exacerbate legal principles and how that doctrine has evolved.

How many hours does the bar exam take?

The Uniform Bar Exam or UBE usually occurs over a span of two days and involves 12 hours of testing.

What are the best Bar Prep Tutor?

       1. Barmax Bar Exam Tutors
       2. Kaplan Bar Test Prep Tutor
       3. Themis Bar Review Tutor
       4. BarBri Bar Exam Preparation Tutoring
       5. JD Advising Tutors
       6. AmeriBar Review Tutors

What is the best Bar exam Flashcards free?

The capacity to quickly retain and apply bite-sized pieces of law is crucial to passing the Bar Exam. ALL of the core topics presented in full-service programs have been distilled into bite-sized facts in Brainscape’s MBE prep flashcards. This information is presented utilizing the greatest law school flashcards, which students may readily learn and apply to their Bar Exam achievement.

What are the best Bar Prep courses?

Here are the top 5 best Bar exam prep course:
       1. BarMax Bar Review Course.
       2. Quimbee Bar Review Course.
       3. Crushendo Bar Review Course.
       4. Kaplan Bar Review Course.
       5. Bar Prep Hero Review Course.

When do you take the Bar exam?

In most jurisdictions, the bar exam is offered twice a year, once in February and once in July. It is usually a two-day test, while some jurisdictions need three days.

How many times can you take the Bar exam?

The rule limits the number of times a candidate can sit for the bar exams to five. The rule disqualifies a candidate who fails three exams. However, he can take the fourth and fifth exams if he successfully completes a one-year refresher course for each exam.