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Bar Examination Resources

This guide provides tools and resources that law students may use in preparing for the bar exam. It should supplement, but never be used to replace a formal bar exam preparatory course, or information provided by the Student Services Office.


In general, the bar exam is offered twice a year, in February and July. Most law students take the July bar exam after graduation. The bar exam usually is given over two or three days depending on the state. For most states, one day covers state law (which may include the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT)) and the second day is for the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). For a list of the subjects tested in the state(s) in which you are sitting for the bar, contact the state's bar admission office directly for detailed and accurate information. You can find directories of state bar admission offices online. Most states also require the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE), which is offered in March, August, and November. The MPRE should be, and almost always is, taken before graduation from law school.

Examinees are advised to contact the jurisdiction to which they seek admission for the most current information.

Bar Exam Components