NOTE: Bar exam information is subject to change without notice.
Please verify with bar examiner’s office.
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).
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
Holiday Inn Des Moines
Airport Conference Center
6111 Fleur Dr.
Des Moines, IA 50321
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.
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
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.
Applicants may take exam prior to graduation if degree was received within 45 days after the first day of the exam.
Iowa does not accept an MBE score from an exam taken in another jurisdiction.
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.
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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