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National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBEX.org) Outlines:
- MBE Subject Matter Outline
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In addition, the National Conference of Bar Examiners offers sample MBE and MEE questions for you to take in preparation for the bar exam. MBE sample questions can be found here and MEE sample questions from the July 2021 exam can be found here . More MEE sample questions from other bar exams can be found here .
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In addition, Adaptibar is an easy-to-use online MBE simulator with thousands of previously tested MBE questions. All 2022 graduates have access to Adaptibar. NYLS also provides Adaptibar access to anyone who has taken the bar fewer than 4 times or is within 2 years of graduation (whichever comes first). If you don't have Adaptibar or are not sure how to access it, please contact Danielle Whitaker on the Bar Success Initiatives team.
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Many state bar associations post former bar exam essay questions and sample answers on their websites. These model answers are useful for studying for the bar and final exams.
Search online for state bar exam questions and answers, or use the list provided at the bottom of this page. Access is free.
- Try writing a response to a practice question, then comparing your response to the model answer.
- Some bar exam questions require the application of state law (e.g., California civil procedure), and may not be helpful if you are studying federal law. Read the question carefully.
- Subject coverage will vary by exam and by state.
- Civil Procedure (federal and state questions)
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- Professional Responsibility/Ethics
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Sample Exam Questions & Answers By State
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New York Bar Exam Information
Learn about the New York Bar Exam format, subjects tested, dates, and requirements.
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New York Bar Exam Dates, Cost & Location
The New York Bar Exam is a 2-day exam. On Day 1 you’ll have two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions in the morning and six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions in the afternoon. Day 2 is the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the morning and 100 in the afternoon).
What subjects are tested on the New York Bar Exam?
Agency, Commercial Paper, Conflict of Laws, Corporations, Domestic Relations, Equity, Federal Jurisdiction, Future Interests, Insurance (No Fault), Mortgages, NY Practice, NY Professional Responsibility, Partnership, Personal Property, Secured Transactions, Trusts, Wills, Workers’ Compensation, NY distinctions for all MBE subjects, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Constitutional Law, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.
What’s the minimum score for MPRE?
A scaled score of 85 on the MPRE within three years before or after passing the New York Bar Exam is required for admission.
Need to sign up for MPRE? Learn about registration, testing policies, and more on our MPRE Registration Guide .
How is New York Bar Exam scored?
The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE, where the MBE is weighted 50%, the MEE 30% and the MPT 20%. The scores are then combined to determine if the passing score of 266 has been achieved.
When are New York Bar Exam results released?
Results are released in early May for the February exam and in late November for the July exam.
Can I transfer my MBE scores from another jurisdiction?
New York accepts MBE scores from other jurisdictions only if from a concurrent exam.
What about NY Bar Exam reciprocity?
In order to be eligible for admission without taking the New York Bar Exam, the applicant must be a member of a reciprocating state bar, have engaged in the active practice of law for 5 of the 7 years immediately preceding the application, and be a graduate of an ABA accredited law school.
What are New York Bar Exam application deadlines and fees?
Please visit the State Board of Bar Examiners website for details on application deadlines and fees, as well as for more information on other topics.
How can I contact New York State Bar?
Web: www.nybarexam.org Tel: (518) 453-5990
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New York Bar Exam Details
New York utilizes the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE).
The UBE is composed of the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) which are prepared by, given, and graded in accordance with the standards established by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Additional information regarding the content of the UBE is available at http://www.ncbex.org/exams/ube .
The UBE will be given in New York twice a year on the last consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July.
A scaled score of 266 on the UBE is required for admission in New York .
Tuesday AM: MEE (6 essays, 3 hours)
Tuesday PM: MPT (2 items, 3 hours)
Wednesday AM: MBE (100 questions, 3 hours)
Wednesday PM: MBE (100 questions, 3 hours)
In addition to the UBE, New York exam takers must also take the NY Law Course (NYLC) and NY Law Exam (NYLE). Details regarding these exams are available from the NYBOLE website .
Study Resources for the New York Bar Exam
There are multiple resources that provide sample questions and answers for the UBE:
- Past exam essay questions with sample candidate answers from the NYBOLE.
- Recent MEE questions and model answers .
- Recent MPT questions, model answers, and point sheets .
- Sample MBE questions . ( These are also found in the Law Library's Main Reading Room in the Bar Success Collection.)
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Bar Exam Tests
Bar admission requirements are promulgated by each state. The most common testing configuration consists of a two-day bar examination. One day of testing is devoted to the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) and the second day is typically comprised of essays from a broad range of subject areas prepared by the board of bar examiners of each state.
- The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) is a standardized 200-item test covering six areas of the law (Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts). The MBE is administered in all states except Washington and Louisiana.
- The Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) is a standardized essay test consisting of six 30-minute essays on several core legal topics. The MEE is administered in over half the states.
- The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is a fifty question, two-hour, multiple-choice exam separately administered three times a year. It is required in all states except Washington, Wisconsin and Maryland. On-line registration is available.
- The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) has also been adopted in several jurisdictions. It is 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.
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The following bar examination study aids are available for your use in the Legal Information Center:
- Annual Compilation of Bar Examination Questions & Answers Call Number: KF303.I57 Essay questions and answers from selected states published twice a year.
- Delaware Bar Examinations Call Number: KFD76.D4 Delaware essay and professional conduct questions and answers.
- Patent Agent's Exam Call Number: KF3165.Z9 P38
- Questions and Answers for Bar Examination Call Number: KFP76.Q46
- Sample MBE Call Number: KF303.S25 Two hundred multiple choice questions and answers from past exams.
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Jurisdictions Administering the MEE
Select a jurisdiction for a summary of bar admission information specific to that jurisdiction and contact information for its bar admission agency.
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Each jurisdiction will provide specific information regarding materials, including appropriate identification, that examinees are allowed to bring with them to the test center.
About the MEE
The Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) consists of six 30-minute questions. Developed by NCBE, the MEE is administered by user jurisdictions as part of the bar examination on the Tuesday before the last Wednesday in February and July of each year.
The MEE is only one of a number of measures that a board of bar examiners may use in determining competence to practice. Each jurisdiction grades the MEE and determines its own policy with regard to the relative weight given to the MEE and other scores. Jurisdictions that administer the Uniform Bar Examination weight the MEE component 30%.
The MEE is developed by NCBE and administered by user jurisdictions as part of the bar examination. Applicants register for the MEE by applying to a jurisdiction for the bar exam. View our interactive map for jurisdictions administering the MEE and other information.
Preparing for the MEE
The MEE consists of six 30-minute questions. Areas of law that may be covered on the MEE include the following: Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies), Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts (including Article 2 [Sales] of the Uniform Commercial Code), Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Real Property, Torts, Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests), and Article 9 (Secured Transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code. Some questions may include issues in more than one area of law. The particular areas covered vary from exam to exam.
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3.1 Overview of NY BAR Admission Requirements
Getting licensed to practice law is the goal for virtually every law graduate, but the process can seem daunting at first. There are three exams that one must pass to be admitted. They are:
Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) – a two-hour multiple-choice exam usually offered three times a year; it can be taken any time after your first year of law school.
New York Law Exam (NYLE) – a two-hour online multiple-choice exam usually given four times a year. It focuses on NY distinctions and NY Practice. You must complete a 17-hour online course, the NY Law Course (NYLC), a month before registering for the exam. It can be taken within one year of taking and passing the Uniform Bar Exam.
Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) – this is known as THE bar exam. It is given the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. It is a 2-day exam including essay questions, multistate performance questions, and multiple-choice questions. Applications to take the bar examination must be filed from November 1st to November 30th for the February examination and from April 1st to April 30th for the July examination.
In addition, there are three other requirements for bar admission in New York.
50 Hour Pro Bono Rule – almost every CUNY Law graduate meets this requirement by meeting the clinic requirement. (If your clinical placement is with a for-profit firm, consult with Florence Kerner, Director of Bar Prep and Licensing, about how to meet this requirement.)
Skills Requirement – every CUNY Law graduate automatically meets this requirement based on required course work. (If you are a transfer student, consult with the Academic Affairs Office.) The law school must certify that you possess the skills necessary for practice and competence in professional values.
Character and Fitness. Application – in New York, this is submitted after you pass the UBE, NYLE and MPRE and are applying for admission. You are reminded that, as noted in your application for admission to CUNY School of Law, you have an ongoing responsibility to notify the Law School of any and all subsequent changes in the information contained in the application and/or during the period of enrollment. This means that, if there are any facts or incidents requiring disclosure (such as traffic violations, arrests, changes in academic credentialing from institutions outside the law school, professional licensing events, etc.), you must notify the Law School to ensure compliance with the continuing disclosure requirement. You are also responsible for determining the possible impact of any such information on your character and fitness application.
The complete admissions application must be submitted within three years of passing the UBE.
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New York bar exam results released at record speed
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The New York State Board of Law Examiners announced on Wednesday that it has completed grading for the July 2023 New York State Bar Examination, marking the earliest release of results in recent memory.
The July exam had a diverse pool of 9,779 candidates, including those educated in the U.S. and abroad, both first-time and repeat test-takers. Out of these candidates, 6,481 passed the exam, maintaining last year’s overall pass rate of 66%.
Among first-time test-takers who graduated from American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited law schools, the pass rate was 85%, consistent with the previous year. For candidates from New York’s ABA-accredited law schools taking the exam for the first time, the pass rate was slightly lower at 83%, whereas first-time candidates from out-of-state ABA schools boasted a higher rate of 88%.
Repeat test-takers saw an improvement in their performance, with a 29% pass rate, up by 6% compared to the previous year. They accounted for 21% of all candidates who sat for the July 2023 examination.
The exam also drew a substantial number of foreign-educated candidates, who made up 35% of all test-takers. This group saw a modest 1% increase in the pass rate, moving from 44% last year to 45% this year.
Candidates who successfully passed and meet additional requirements will be certified for admission to the bar after a Committee on Character and Fitness review.
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