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About the Bar Exam


Essay Day  

  • The essay day normally precedes the MBE and is generally given on a Tuesday
  • The number of essays and subjects tested vary by jurisdiction
  • In some states (e.g. Texas) the essay day follows the Multistate Day
  • In California there are two essay days; a candidate will be given:
    • Three essays on the morning of the day before the Multistate Examination Day.
    • Three essays on the on the morning after the Multistate Examination Day.
  • Some states use the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) and/or the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) , generally tested on the essay day

Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) Day

  • This examination is a 200-question (10 of which are test questions and are not counted)multiple choice exam  given in 48 states on the same day:
    • The last Wednesday in February
    • The last Wednesday in July
  • The MBE is the same examination given in all (48) states
  • The subjects tested are:
    • Contracts/Sales - 33 questions
    • Torts - 33 questions
    • Real Property - 31 questions
    • Evidence - 31 questions
    • Constitutional Law - 31 questions
    • Criminal Law and Procedure - 31 questions
  • One State does not use the examination:
    • Louisiana
  • Four U.S. territories require it:
    • Guam
    • Northern Marinara Islands
    • Palau
    • U.S. Virgin Islands 
  • For a comprehensive outline of the subjects on the MBE see MBE Information (NCBE)
  • For specific information regarding your state please see National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE)

All states differ somewhat in their testing requirements