The 2021 Guide to Studying for the Bar Exam
What is the Bar Exam?
Is the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) the Same as the Bar Exam?
What About the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE)?
Bar Exam Components
How to Study for the Bar Exam
5 Tips to Help with Passing the Bar Exam
1. Make a Schedule and Stick To It.
2. Prioritize your Bar Prep.
4. Take Practice Exams.
5. Practice Self-Care.
FAQ About the Bar Exam
You must pass the bar in order to become a lawyer. Most people attend a traditional law school or obtain an online law degree before taking the bar. However, a few states like California, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington allow you to qualify for the bar exam by enrolling in an apprenticeship under a practicing attorney or judge. In Maine and New York, students who have attended only one or two years of law school are eligible to take the bar, subject to other requirements.
Each state’s exam may vary. However, some general components remain consistent, with most exams given over two days, with similar running times. The Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) on the first day is three hours long, with six essay questions. States that don’t use the UBE may give their own essay portion—the amount of questions will vary by state. The Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) on the second day is six hours long, with 200 multiple-choice questions. The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) has two questions, each with a duration of 90 minutes.
Some states have no restriction on how many times you can take the bar. Others limit candidates to 3-5 times, after which you may be banned from retaking it. Make sure to check each state’s requirements prior to sitting for it.
Not unless you pass the bar in every state. While you may provide legal advice, you cannot represent clients in another state’s court unless you have passed the bar there.