Bar Exam Test Options
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In addition to the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE), the National Conference of Bar Examiners provides the following tests:

The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) — a six-hour, two-hundred question multiple-choice examination covering contracts, torts, constitutional law, criminal law, evidence, and real property. (This is used by most U.S. jurisdictions, including all states but Louisiana and Washington). The 2008 Information Booklet includes information about test, including subject outlines and sample questions.

The Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) — a three-hour, six-question essay examination covering agency and partnership, commercial paper, conflict of laws, corporations, decedents' estates, family law, federal civil procedure, sales, secured transactions, and trusts and future interests. (Note: not all jurisdictions use this test. Iowa will phase in the use of the MEE, beginning in February 2009.) The 2008 Information Booklet includes information about the test, including subject outlines and sample questions.

The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) — three 90-minute skills questions covering legal analysis, fact analysis, problem solving, resolution of ethical dilemmas, organization and management of a lawyering task, and communication. (A number of jurisdictions use this test, including Iowa.) The 2008 Information Booklet includes information about the test, including an outline of the skills tested and summaries of previously administered tests. 


The National Conference of Bar Examiners website includes more information about these tests (including sample questions), bar admission statistics, study aids (a few of which are available online for free), a directory of bar admission offices, and more.

 
Last Modified: 1/3/2011 10:00:00 AM by Megan Flynn