Wisconsin Bar Examination

Bar Exam Information

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


2024: February 27-28, July 30-31

The Wisconsin Bar Exam is a 2-day exam.

Mandatory Registration: On the Monday before the examination, applicants are required to attend a mandatory registration.

Day 1: The exam may include parts of the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) and may also include questions prepared by the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners.

Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM).

Supreme Court of Wisconsin

Board of Bar Examiners
110 E. Main Street, Suite 715
Madison, WI 53701

Phone: (608) 266-9760

Fax: (608) 266-1196

Email: bbe@wicourts.gov

Web: https://www.wicourts.gov/courts/offices/bbe.htm

Subjects Tested

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

Not required for admission to Wisconsin bar.


The written portion is scaled to the MBE with the MBE weighted 50%. The written component of the exam may include performance on the MPT, the MEE, and/or locally developed essay questions. The composition and weight of these subcomponents may vary by exam administration. 

A total scaled score of 258 is required to pass.

Additional Information

Applicants may take exam prior to graduation if degree received within 60 days after exam.


Acceptance of MBE Score

Applicant may transfer scaled MBE score of at least 135 if within 37 months and from a successful exam taken no more than 60 days before the J.D. was conferred.

Admission on Motion

May be admitted on motion if applicant has engaged in active practice of law for three of five years preceding application. For complete details contact the Supreme Court of Wisconsin.

Admission by Diploma Privilege

Under diploma privilege, graduates of the University of Wisconsin Law School and Marquette University Law School are admitted to the practice of law by complying with the terms of SCR 40.03—their school certifies their legal competence and the Board of Bar Examiners certifies their character and fitness for the practice of law.

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