Iowa Bar Examination (UBE)

2020 Bar Exam Information

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

BAR EXAM DATES AND FORMAT

2020: February 25 – 26, July 28 – 29

2021: February 23 – 24, July 27 – 28

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) and 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

Email: Bar.Admissions@iowacourts.gov

Bar Exam Location

Holiday Inn Des Moines
Airport Conference Center
6111 Fleur Dr.
Des Moines, IA 50321

Subjects Tested

Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts

Multistate Essay Exam (MEE)

  • Business Associations (Agency, Partnerships, Corporations, Limited Liability Companies)
  • Conflicts of Law
  • Family Law
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests)
  • Secured Transactions (Article 9 of Uniform Commercial Code)
  • Plus, all MBE Subjects

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.

Filing Deadlines and Fees

Law student registration is required. For complete details contact the Iowa Board of Law Examiners.

Applications must be filed by November 1 for the February exam and by April 1 for the July exam. There will be no exceptions to the deadlines.

Bar Exam Application Fee: $550

On-Motion Application Fee: $900

UBE Transfer fee: $900

Scoring

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.

Reciprocity

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

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. For complete details contact the Iowa Board of Law Examiners.

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