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South Dakota Bar Exam Information
About the Bar Exam
South Dakota is a two-day exam that takes place on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. The first day consists of the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), an Indian law question, and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). You will have three hours to answer five MEE questions and one Indian law question, and then three hours to answer two MPT questions.
State Bar of South Dakota
222 E Capitol Ave #3
Pierre, SD 57501
Bar Exam Format
Two Day exam:
- Day 1 - Essays on South Dakota Law
- Day 2 - 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 26-27, 2019
- July 30-31, 2019
- February 25-26, 2020
The essays portion is weighted at 50% of the score, and the MBE is the other half.
A minimum passing scaled score of 85 or higher is required.
The State of South Dakota permits South Dakota bar exam reciprocity. A person may qualify for admission to the South Dakota Bar without examination if the person fulfills several requirements, some of which include providing evidence: that for the past five years they have practiced law in specified capacity; and of certification of admission to practice law in another jurisdiction.
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