Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) Change Resource Center

The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) announced to law schools that effective with February 2015 administration of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), a seventh content area – Civil Procedure – will be covered for the first time.

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What is the MBE?

The MBE is a national, 6-hour, 200-question multiple-choice test. It accounts for one full day of the bar exam and is required by every state except Louisiana.

In most states, the MBE accounts for 40% to 50% of your bar exam score. Nationally, 29% of all bar exam takers do not pass the exam. Many who fail miss getting a passing score by just a small margin. Answering a few extra MBE questions correctly can make the difference between passing and failing the bar exam.

The MBE is divided into two 3-hour sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with 100 questions in each session.

Ten of the 200 MBE questions are not used for scoring purposes. These experimental questions are indistinguishable from the live test items.

You have an average of 1.8 minutes to answer each question.

What is changing on the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) in 2015?

Effective with the February 2015 administration of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), a seventh content area – Civil Procedure – will be covered for the first time.

     
  Current Breakdown 2015 Breakdown
Constitutional Law 31 27
Contracts 33 28
Criminal Law & Procedure 31 27
Evidence 31 27
Real Property 31 27
Torts 33 27
Civil Procedure 0 27
Total number of scored questions 190 190
Unscored experimental questions 10 10
Total number of questions 200 200

 
*Source: Current subject breakdown as reported at www.NCBEX.org. 2015 breakdown was obtained from correspondence between the National Conference of Law Examiners (NCBE) and Kaplan professors.