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Montana Bar Exam Information
About the Bar Exam
Montana 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.
State Bar of Montana
33 S. Last Chance Gulch, Suite 1B
Helena, MT 59624
Ph: (406) 442-7660
Fx: (406) 442-7763
Bar Exam Format
The Montana Bar 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
The Montana Bar Exam will be administered on:
- February 25 - February 26, 2020
- July 28 - July 29, 2020
The Montana Bar Exam will require a minimum scaled combined score of 266 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%.
A minimum passing scaled score is 80 or higher. MPRE® Policy: An applicant must obtain a MPRE® scaled score of 80 or higher within three years prior to applying to take the Montana Bar Examination or no later than nine months after notification of successful completion of the Montana Bar Examination. For UBE® transfer and Admission on Motion applicants, an MPRE® score 80 or greater earned within 3 years prior to the date of their Montana Bar application will qualify for admission.
To be eligible for admission by motion in Montana, the applicant must have been admitted by bar examination to practice law and engaged in the active practice of law for at least five of the seven years preceding application to Montana in one or more states, territories, or protectorates of the United States or the District of Columbia and shall submit evidence of a passing scaled score of 80 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE®).
All applicants, whether by Admission on Motion, transferred UBE® score or by examination, must attend the Montana Law Seminar (MLS), which is offered the Thursday following the bar exam.