NCBE is a not-for-profit corporation that develops four licensing exams used by most U.S. jurisdictions for admission to the bar.

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Multistate Bar Exam. A six-hour, 200-question multiple-choice examination developed by NCBE covering Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Civil Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts. It is administered by user jurisdictions as part of the bar examination. 

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam. A two-hour, 60-question multiple-choice examination developed by NCBE that is administered three times per year and is designed to measure knowledge and understanding of established standards related to a lawyer’s professional conduct. It is administered by NCBE through its test contractor LSAC.

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Multistate Essay Exam. An examination developed by NCBE consisting of 30-minute essay questions. Areas of law tested are Business Associations, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts (including Article 2 [Sales] of the Uniform Commercial Code), Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Real Property, Torts, Trusts and Estates, and Article 9 (Secured Transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code. It is administered by user jurisdictions as part of the bar examination. 

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Multistate Performance Test. An examination developed by NCBE consisting of 90-minute tasks requiring the application of fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation. Skills tested are factual analysis, legal analysis and reasoning, problem solving, identification and resolution of ethical dilemmas, written communication, and organization and management of a legal task. It is administered by user jurisdictions as part of the bar examination.

Further Reading

The select articles listed cover important aspects of the current bar exam. These are only a few of the many articles published in The Bar Examiner, which is NCBE’s quarterly publication, and they are available at the The Bar Examiner website at www.thebarexaminer.org.

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