NOTE: Bar exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with bar examiner’s office.
2020: February 25 – 26, July 28 – 29
2021: February 23 – 24, July 27 – 28
The North Dakota 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).
Judicial Wing, First Floor
600 E. Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58505-0530
Phone: (701) 328-4201
Fax: (701) 328-4480
Bismarck – TBD
A scaled score of 85 is required for admission to the bar. Passing score must be achieved no more than five years prior to receipt of application for admission and must be earned within two years after receipt of application for admission.
Law student registration is required. For complete details contact the North Dakota State Board of Law Examiners.
Administration of the February bar exam is dependent on ten or more applicants. Applications must be postmarked by November 1 for the February exam and by March 15 for the July exam. Late application deadlines, with associated fees, are November 15 and December 1 for the February exam and April 15 and May 15 for the July exam.
Bar Exam Application Fee: $150
On-Motion Application Fee: $400
UBE Transfer Fee: $400
Late Fee: $100
Final Late Fee: $150
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.
Applicants may be eligible to apply for admission based on: MBE scaled score of at least 150 within two years of the date of an exam taken in a jurisdiction in which applicant is admitted; or UBE scaled score of at least 260 within two years of the date of the exam taken in another jurisdiction. For complete details contact the North Dakota State Board of Law Examiners.
May be admitted on motion if applicant has engaged in active practice of law for four of five years preceding application and is a graduate of an ABA accredited law school. For complete details contact the North Dakota State Board of Law Examiners.
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