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

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

North Carolina Board of Law Examiners

5510 Six Forks Rd., Suite 300
Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 848-4229

Fax: (919) 848-4277

Email: info@ncble.org

Web: www.ncble.org

Bar Exam Locations

North Carolina State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27607

The McKimmon Conference & Training Center at North Carolina State University
1101 Gorman St.
Raleigh, NC 27606

Subjects Tested

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

To be admitted, a scaled score of 80 is required on the MPRE within 24 months before, or 12 months after, sitting for the bar exam.

Filing Deadlines and Fees

Applications must be filed by the first Tuesday in October for the February exam and by the first Tuesday in January for the July exam. Fees are $850 if not a licensed attorney, $1,650 if current or former licensed attorney. Late filing deadlines are first Tuesday in November for the February exam and first Tuesday in March for the July exam (late filing fee is an additional $250). UBE transfer application fee $1500. Contact bar examiners for details.

Scoring

The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE, with the MBE weighted 50%, the MEE 30% and the MPT 20%. The scores are combined to determine if the applicant has achieved a passing score of 270.

Reciprocity

Acceptance of MBE Score

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

Admission on Motion

An attorney may be admitted without exam from states admitting attorneys from North Carolina without exam. Application must be on file with the board no less than six months prior to consideration of application. Applicant must have actively practiced law four of six years immediately preceding the filing of the application and have passed the MPRE. Admission on motion fee is $2,000. Contact bar examiners for more information.

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