Our Mission

The National Conference of Bar Examiners is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1931. The mission of the Conference is

  • to work with other institutions to develop, maintain, and apply reasonable and uniform standards of education and character for eligibility for admission to the practice of law; and
  • to assist bar admission authorities by
    • providing standardized examinations of uniform and high quality for the test­ing of applicants for admission to the practice of law,
    • disseminating relevant information concerning admission standards and practices,
    • conducting educational programs for the members and staffs of such authori­ties, and
    • providing other services such as char­acter and fitness investigations and research.

What NCBE Does

  • develops the licensing tests used by most U.S. jurisdictions for admission to the bar: the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT); 
  • coordinates the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), which results in score portability;
  • develops and administers the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE);
  • scores the MBE and MPRE and reports scores to the jurisdictions;
  • provides testing and educational services to jurisdictions;
  • conducts psychometric research and offers consulting services to jurisdictions;
  • provides character and fitness services to jurisdictions; 
  • provides score services and other admission-related services on behalf of jurisdictions to their applicants;
  • produces study aids for applicants, including online practice exams for the MBE and MPRE; and
  • publishes general information about the bar admissions process.

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NCBE 2016 Year in Review

Annual statistics on bar examinations and admissions in all U.S. jurisdictions

Bar Admission Guide

Information on bar admission requirements in all U.S. jurisdictions, including a directory of state bar admission agencies