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Iowa Bar Exam Information

  • About the Bar Exam

    Iowa has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE®), with the only difference being that it has a third day that comes before the two UBE days. It is a three-day exam, and takes place on the last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. Monday is a mandatory orientation day. The Multistate Essay Exam (MEE®) and the Multistate Performance Tests (MPT®s) are administered on Tuesday; the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE®) is administered on Wednesday.

  • Contact Information

    Iowa Judicial Branch Building
    1111 East Court Avenue
    Des Moines, IA 50319
    Bar.Admissions@iowacourts.gov
    Phone: (515) 348-4670
    Fax: (515) 348-4698

  • Bar Exam Format

    The Iowa bar is a three-day exam; with the first day being utilized as a mandatory orientation.

    Day 2: AM: Two Multistate Performance Tests (MPT®s) PM: Six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE®) essays.

    Day 3: 200-question, multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam (MBE®).

  • Subjects Tested

    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

    • February 25 - February 27, 2020
    • July 28 - July 30, 2020
  • Grading

    A Minimum UBE® Scaled score of 266 is required. The MBE® is weighted at 50%; with Essays weighted at 30% and the MPT®s weighted at 20%.

  • MPRE®

    A scaled score of 80 or higher is required.

  • Reciprocity

    Applicants seeking to transfer a UBE® score of 266 or above may file an application for admission by transferred UBE® score. The transfer application fee is $900.

    The UBE® score must either be (1) from a UBE® administered within two years immediately preceding the transfer application filing date or (2) it will be accepted up to five years after the UBE® administration if you have been regularly engaged in the practice of law for at least two of the last three years immediately preceding the transfer application filing date.

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