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

Day 1: Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions in the AM, and six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions 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).

Minnesota State Board of Law Examiners

180 E. 5th Street, Suite 950
St. Paul, MN 55101

Phone: (651) 297-1857

Fax: (651) 297-1196

Email: ble.cle.blc@mbcle.state.mn.us

Web: https://www.ble.mn.gov/bar-exam

Bar Exam Location

Saint Paul RiverCentre
175 West Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102

Subjects Tested

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • 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 “Closed universe” practical questions using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.

A scaled score of 85 is required for admission to the bar.

Filing Deadlines and Fees

Applications must be filed by October 15 for the February exam and by March 15 for the July exam. Late application deadlines, with an additional fee, are December 1 for the February exam and May 1 for the July exam.

Bar Exam Application Fee: $500

On-Motion Application Fee: $950

UBE Transfer Fee: $950

Late fee: $150

Scoring

The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE with the MBE weighted 50%, the MEE weighted 30% and the MPT weighted 20%. A total scaled score of 260 is required to pass.

Additional Information

Applicants may sit for the bar if coursework has been completed 30 days prior to the exam, the applicant has fulfilled all requirements for conferral and the applicant will be awarded a J.D. within 120 days following the exam.

Reciprocity

Admission by MBE Score

May be admitted without exam if the applicant received a scaled score of at least 145 on the MBE taken as a part of and at the same time as the essay or other part of a written bar exam given by another jurisdiction, was successful on that bar exam, and was subsequently admitted in that jurisdiction. Applicant must submit evidence of the score and a completed application within two years of the date of the qualifying exam being used as the basis for the admission.

Admission on Motion

May be admitted on motion if applicant has engaged in the lawful practice of law for at least 1000 hours per year in at least three of five years immediately preceding application and is a graduate of an ABA accredited law school. For complete details contact the Minnesota State Board of Law Examiners.

Admission by UBE

Applicants who have obtained a scaled score of at least 260 on a Uniform Bar Exam taken in another jurisdiction within three years may apply for admission based on that score. For complete details contact the Minnesota State Board of Law Examiners.

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