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New Mexico Bar Exam Information
About the Bar Exam
New Mexico 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 New Mexico 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
- July 27-28, 2021
- February 22-23, 2022
The New Mexico Bar Exam requires a minimum scaled combined score of 260 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: A passing scaled score of 80 or above achieved no more than five (5) years before filing a first application for admission in New Mexico will be accepted.
Experienced attorneys may be qualified to apply for Reciprocity (aka Reciprocal Admission or Admission on Motion) if they:
- Are licensed and in good standing in a jurisdiction that shares reciprocity with New Mexico.
- Have engaged in the active practice of law for no fewer than five of the last seven years.
New Mexico currently shares reciprocal admission with thirty-six states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
All applicants to the New Mexico Bar must take an in-person course in New Mexico law prior to admission. This course is scheduled for the Thursday immediately following the Tuesday and Wednesday administration of the bar exam and you will be registered automatically upon receipt of your complete application.
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