Rhode Island Bar Examination (UBE)

Bar Exam Information

NOTE: Bar exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with Rhode Island bar examiner’s office.


2024: February 27-28, July 30-31

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

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.


The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE.

  • MBE weighted 50%
  • MEE weighted 30%
  • MPT weighted 20%

A total scaled score of 270 or higher is required to pass the Rhode Island Bar Exam. 


Acceptance of MBE Score

Rhode Island does not accept an MBE score from an exam taken in another jurisdiction.

Admission by UBE Score Transfer

Applicants who have obtained a passing score on a Uniform Bar Exam taken in another jurisdiction within the preceding two years may apply for admission based on that score. The passing score required is 270. Additional requirements apply.

Admission on Motion

Rhode Island does not provide for admission on motion. Attorneys who have engaged in the active practice of law for five of the preceding ten years, and satisfy all other requirements, may apply for admission on examination under Article II, Rule 2(a), and will only be required to sit for the essay portion of the exam. A passing scaled score of 138 or higher on the essay portion is required for admission.

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