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Colorado Bar Exam Information
About the Bar Exam
The Colorado Bar Exam is a 2-day exam. It takes place on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) Essay takes place on Tuesday and the MBE (Multistate Bar Exam) takes place on Wednesday. Adopted UBE in 2012.
Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center
Colorado Supreme Court
Office of Attorney Admissions
1300 Broadway, Suite 520
Denver, CO 80203
Telephone: (303) 928-7770
Fax: (303) 501-1147
Bar Exam Format
The Colorado Exam is a 2-day exam.
- Day 1: AM: Six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) essays. PM: Two Multistate Performance Tests (MPTs)
- Day 2: 200-question, multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam (MBE).
Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies), Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Real Property, Torts, Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests), and Uniform Commercial Code (Secured Transactions).
Bar Exam Dates
In 2019, the Colorado Bar Exam will be administered on:
- February 26 and 27, 2019
- July 30 and 31, 2019
The CO Bar Exam will require a minimum scaled combined score of 276 points out of 400 points to pass. The MBE is weighted at 50% of the score, the Essays are weighted at 30%, and the MPTs are weighted at 20%. CO employs a holistic grading approach when grading essays. CO does not accept transfer MBE scores.
A minimum passing scaled score is 85 or higher.
MPRE Policy: the acceptable MPRE score may not be earned more than two years prior to filing application.
Pursuant to C.R.C.P. 203.2, applicants for admission On Motion must:
- A: be admitted in good standing “to the bar of another state, territory, or district of the United States which allows admission to licensed Colorado attorneys On Motion without the requirement of taking that jurisdiction’s bar examination”;
- B. hold a J.D or LL.B. degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association;
- C. have been “primarily engaged in the active practice of law in one or more other” U.S. jurisdictions for at least three of the five years “immediately preceding the date upon which the application is filed” in Colorado;
- D. be in good standing “in all jurisdictions where admitted”;
- E. not be currently “subject to attorney discipline or the subject of a pending disciplinary matter in any jurisdiction,” and be “current with all continuing legal education requirements”; and
- F. possess the character and fitness required of all applicants for admission to the practice of law in Colorado.
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