Rhode Island Bar Examination (UBE)

Bar Exam Information

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 Rhode Island 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).

Rhode Island Board of Bar Examiners

Supreme Court of Rhode Island
Frank Licht Judicial Complex
250 Benefit Street
Providence, RI 02903

Phone: (401) 222-3272

Fax: (401) 222-3599

Email: ribarexam@courts.ri.gov

Web: www.courts.ri.gov/attorneyresources/baradmission

Bar Exam Location

Rhode Island Convention Center
1 Sabin St.
Providence, RI 02903

Subjects Tested

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

A scaled score of 80 on the MPRE is required for admission before taking the bar exam. The MPRE score is valid for two years.

Filing Deadlines and Fees

Application must be filed by December 1 for the February exam and by May 1 for the July exam. Attorney applications must be filed by September 1 for the February exam and by February 1 for the July exam. No late applications accepted.

Non-attorney Exam Fee: $975, plus $25 NCBE Application fee

Attorney Exam Fee: $975, plus $500 NCBE Character Report fee


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 276.

Additional Requirements

Applicants must complete a one-day “Bridge the Gap” program offered by the Rhode Island Bar for admission. Ten CLE credits, including two Ethics credits, are required commencing the second July 1 after the attorney is admitted. Attorneys admitted for three years or more in another jurisdiction at the time they are admitted to the RI Bar are exempt from the Bridge the Gap requirement.


Admission by UBE

A minimum score of 276 is required for admission and may not be over two years old at the time the application is filed.

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