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North Dakota Bar Exam Information
About the Bar Exam
North Dakota has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE®). It is a two-day exam, and takes place on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. 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.
Bar Exam Format
The North Dakota Bar Exam is a two-day exam.
- Day 1: AM: Two Multistate Performance Tests (MPT®s); PM: Six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE®) essays.
- 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
- February 25 - February 26, 2020
- July 28 - July 29, 2020
The North Dakota Bar Exam requires a passing score of 260 points out of 400 to pass. The MBE® counts for 50%; the Essays are 30% and the MPT®s are 20%.
A minimum passing scaled score of 85 or higher.
- Reciprocity Based on Practice
Individuals may be eligible to apply for admission based on five years' membership in the bar of another jurisdiction and engagement in an activity demonstrating competency in the practice of law for four of the last five years. For more detailed information, please visit: http://www.ndcourts.gov/court/committees/barbd/Information.htm
Reciprocity Based on Test Scores
Individuals may be eligible to apply for admission based on:
1) MBE® scaled score of 150 or above (if the application is filed within two years of the date of the MBE® examination and applicant is admitted in the jurisdiction where the MBE® exam was written), OR
2) UBE® scaled score of 260 or above (if the application is filed within two years of the date of the UBE® examination).
- Reciprocity Based on Practice
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