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Colorado Bar Exam Information
About the Bar Exam
Colorado has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE®). It is a two-day exam, which takes place on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. The Multistate Essay Exam (MEE®) and the Multistate Performance Tests (MPT®) are administered on Tuesday; the Mulitstate Bar Exam (MBE®) is administered on Wednesday.
Bar Exam Format
The Colorado Exam is a two-day exam.
- Day 1: AM: Six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE®) essays. PM: Two Multistate Performance Tests (MPT®s)
- 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 2020, the Colorado Bar Exam will be administered on:
- February 25 - February 26, 2020
- July 28 - July 29, 2020
The Colorado 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 MPT®s are weighted at 20%. Colorado employs a holistic grading approach when grading essays. Colorado 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.
All applicants for admission to practice law in Colorado must attend the six-hour course “Practicing with Professionalism” presented by the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel in cooperation with the Colorado Bar Association. This one-day course is offered several times throughout the year and is valid for eighteen months from the date the course was completed.
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