Iowa Bar Examination (UBE)

Bar Exam Information

NOTE: Bar exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with Iowa bar examiner’s office.


2024: February 27-28, July 30-31

The Iowa Bar Exam is a 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).

Day 1:

  • Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test questions (MPT in the AM).
  • Six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam questions (MEE in the PM).

Day 2:
Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM).

Iowa Board of Law Examiners

Office of Professional Regulation
Judicial Branch Building, Second Floor
1111 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50319

Phone: (515) 725-8029

Fax: (515) 725-8032


Subjects Tested

Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

Multistate Essay Exam (MEE)

Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

Multistate Performance Test “Closed universe” practical questions using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam

A scaled score of 80 must be on file before the applicant is allowed to sit for the bar exam (by April 1 for the July exam and November 1 for the February exam). Scores will be accepted for three years after the date the MPRE is taken.


The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE with the MBE weighted 50%, the MEE weighted 40% and the MPT weighted 10%. 

A total scaled score of 266 is required to pass.

Additional Information

Applicants may take exam prior to graduation if degree was received within 45 days after the first day of the exam.


Acceptance of MBE Score

Iowa does not accept an MBE score from an exam taken in another jurisdiction.

Admission on Motion

May be admitted on motion if applicant has engaged in active practice of law for five of seven years preceding application.

For complete details contact the Iowa Board of Law Examiners.

Admission by UBE Score Transfer

Applicants who have obtained a scaled score of at least 266 on a Uniform Bar Exam taken in another jurisdiction within two years may apply for admission based on that score.

Passing UBE scores earned more than two years, but less than five years prior may qualify if the applicant has been actively engaged in the practice of law for at least two of the three years immediately preceding the application. Additional requirements apply.

For complete details contact the Iowa Board of Law Examiners.

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