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 and produces 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 the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) required for admission to the bar by most U.S. jurisdictions;
  • scores the MBE and the MPRE and reports scores to the jurisdictions;
  • provides support to jurisdiction exam administrators before, during, and after each exam administration;
  • provides psychometric consulting, research, and data forensics services to jurisdictions;
  • conducts character and fitness investigations on behalf of jurisdictions; 
  • provides score services and other admission-related services to applicants on behalf of jurisdictions;
  • offers study aids for applicants, both free of charge and for purchase, including online practice exams for the MBE and the MPRE; 
  • sponsors a wide range of educational events for jurisdiction bar examiners and bar admission administrators, legal educators, and state Supreme Courts, including the Annual Bar Admissions Conference and other conferences, seminars, and workshops throughout the year;
  • provides training for jurisdiction graders, including grading workshops for the MEE and MPT following each exam administration; 
  • publishes the quarterly Bar Examiner magazine, the annual Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirementsand other information about the bar admissions process; and
  • maintains comprehensive admissions information for all U.S. jurisdictions on the NCBE website.

For more about the work NCBE undertakes in its commitment to serving the bar admissions community, see the NCBE Year in Review.

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NCBE 2017 Year in Review
Statistics

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