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Bar Exam Resources

A guide to resources for law students preparing to take a bar exam

Uniform Bar Exam

  • The UBE is designed to test knowledge and skills that every lawyer should be able to demonstrate prior to becoming licensed to practice law. 
  • The Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) is coordinated by the National Council of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and is composed of the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), two Multistate Performance Test (MPT) tasks, and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE).
  • The UBE is uniformly administered, graded, and scored by user jurisdictions and results in a portable score that can be transferred to other UBE jurisdictions.  
  • The UBE is administered over two days, with the MBE given on the last Wednesday of February and July and the MEE and MPT given on the Tuesday prior to that. Jurisdictions that use the UBE may also require applicants to complete a jurisdiction-specific law component.
  • The UBE score breakdown is as follows: 
    • ​MEE = 30% of score
    • MPT = 20% 
    • MBE = 50%

Subjects Covered on the UBE

Components of the Uniform Bar Exam

Official Information Subjects Questions
♦ Civil Procedure
♦ Constitutional Law
♦ 
Contracts 
– Includes UCC Art. 2
♦ Criminal Law & Procedure
♦ Evidence
♦ Real Property
♦ Torts
• 200 multiple choice
• Questions evenly distributed among the seven subjects
• Two three-hour sessions

All of the subjects above, plus:

♦ Business Associations
♦ Conflict of Laws
♦ Family Law
♦ Trusts and Estates
♦ UCC 2 (Secured Transactions)

• Six 30-minute essays
• Any combination of possible subjects
 
♦ Problem solving
♦ Legal Analysis and Reasoning
♦ Factual Analysis
♦ Communication
♦ Organization and Management of a legal task
♦ Recognizing and resolving ethical dilemmas
• Two 90-minute exercises
• Tests "fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation."

Jurisdictions Adopting the UBE as of November 2018

 UBE Jurisdiction Map

  • Alabama (Adopted July 2011) - Pass Score 260        
  • New Hampshire (Adopted February 2014) - Pass Score 270
  • Alaska (Adopted July 2014) - Pass Score 280
  • New Jersey(Adopted February 2017) - Pass Score 266
  • Arizona (Adopted July 2012) - Pass Score 273
  • New Mexico (Adopted February 2016) - Pass Score 260
  • Colorado (Adopted February 2012) - Pass Score 276
  • New York (Adopted July 2016) - Pass Score 266
  • Connecticut (Adopted February 2017) - Pass Score 266
  • North Carolina (Adopted February 2019) - Pass Score 270
  • District of Columbia (Adopted July 2016) - Pass Score 266
  • North Dakota (Adopted February 2011) - Pass Score 260
  • Idaho (Adopted February 2012) - Pass Score 272
  • Ohio (Adopted July 2029) – Pass Score TBD
  • Illinois (Adopted July 2019)- Pass Score 266
  • Oregon (Adopted July 2017) - Pass Score 284
  • Iowa (Adopted February 2016) - Pass Score 266
  • Rhode Island (Adopted February 2019) – Pass Score 276
  • Kansas (Adopted February 2016) - Pass Score 266
  • South Carolina (Adopted February 2017) - Pass Score 266
  • Maine (Adopted July 2017) - Pass Score 376
  • Tennessee (Adopted February 2019) – Pass Score 270
  • Maryland (Adopted July 2019) - Pass Score TBD
  • Utah (Adopted February 2013) - Pass Score 270
  • Massachusetts (Adopted July 2018) - Pass Score 270
  • Vermont (Adopted July 2016) - Pass Score 27
  • Minnesota (Adopted February 2014) - Pass Score 260
  • Virgin Islands (Adopted July 2017) - Pass Score 266
  • Missouri (Adopted February 2011) - Pass Score 260
  • Washington (Adopted July 2013) - Pass Score 270
  • Montana (Adopted J uly 2013) - Pass Score 266
  • West Virginia (Adopted July 2017) - Pass Score 270
  • Nebraska (Adopted February 2012) - Pass Score 270
  • Wyoming (Adopted February 2017) - Pass Score 270