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Rhode Island Bar Exam Information
About the Bar Exam
Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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
- July 27-28, 2021
- February 22-23, 2022
The Rhode Island Bar Exam requires a minimum scaled combined score of 276 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 of 80 or higher.
Applicants who have obtained at least a 276 on the UBE® in another jurisdiction may apply for admission. An applicant has two years from the date of the exam to transfer the UBE® score to Rhode Island.
To qualify for attorney admission pursuant to Article II, Rule 2(a), an out-of-state attorney must have been engaged in the full-time active practice of law or full-time teaching of law at an ABA accredited law school for at least five of the last ten years immediately preceding the filing of the Petition for Admission to the Rhode Island bar. An out-of-state attorney taking the bar examination pursuant to Article II, Rule 2(a)(1-4) is required to take a modified exam composing of the written portion of the bar exam. For more information please visit the link here.
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