The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)


The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) is developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners and is administered by participating jurisdictions on the last Wednesday in February and the last Wednesday in July of each year.

Jurisdiction Information

The MBE is required for admission to the bars of all but two U.S. jurisdictions (Louisiana and Puerto Rico). A list of jurisdictions currently using the MBE is available on the MBE FAQs page. Each jurisdiction determines its own policy with regard to the relative weight given to the MBE and other scores. (Jurisdictions that administer the Uniform Bar Examination [UBE] weight the MBE component 50%.) To obtain information about bar admission requirements or to apply for admission to the bar, examinees should contact the appropriate jurisdiction. Contact information for jurisdictions can be found on the Bar Admission Offices Directory on the home page.

Copyright Notice

The MBE is owned by NCBE and is a secure exam protected by U.S. copyright laws. NCBE strictly prohibits copying, reproducing, or disclosing any MBE questions or answers, whether via electronic, telephonic, written, oral, or other means, to any party or to any public forum during or after the exam. NCBE will use every legal means available to protect its copyrighted materials. Any unauthorized disclosure of MBE content could result in civil liability, criminal penalties, cancellation of test scores, denial of applications to sit for future exams, denial of bar applications on character and fitness grounds, and/or disciplinary action by bar authorities.