College of Law

Bar Exam Information

General Information

The requirements for admission to the bar, subjects tested on the examination, and testing methods vary from state to state.  Below you will find resources to help you locate the admissions rules and bar examination information for the state(s) in which you are interested in practicing.

*In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction.  Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction.  Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

The Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admissions is published by the National Conference of Bar Examiners and the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. The Guide contains some of the basic admissions rules and practices for all 50 states and is useful for comparison. Applicants should not rely solely on the information provided in the Guide, but should also review the specific rules and information provided by each state or district.

The Bar Exam: An Overview

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.

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.

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) — a fifty question, two-hour, multiple-choice examination administered three times each year. (NOTE:  THE MPRE IS A STAND ALONE TEST THAT SHOULD BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO SITTING FOR THE BAR EXAM)

The Uniform Bar Examination - recently adopted in several U.S. jurisdictions. 

 

State/District Specific Information

Below are links to bar admissions information for each state. First-year law students should begin reviewing the requirements for the state(s) in which they are interested in taking the bar examination to determine the relevant deadlines and requirements.   

 

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas

Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina

North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

 

Other Resources

 

Patent Bar

Bar Review Courses

Bar Study Loans

 

Last Updated: 3/23/15