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Utah Bar Admissions

UTAH STATE BAR Bar Operations & Admissions

About the Bar Exam


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EXAM FORMAT

The Utah Bar examination is a two-day examination, consisting of a one-day written component and a one-day Multistate Bar Examination (“MBE”) component. The test time allotted to the written component is six hours; the time allotted to the MBE component is also six hours.

The Written Component. The written component is administered on the first day. It consists of six Multistate Essay Examination (“MEE”) questions and two Multistate Performance Test (“MPT”) questions: the MEE questions are administered in the morning session and the MPT questions in the afternoon.

  1. MEE. Applicants will have 30 minutes to answer each MEE question. Each MEE question is taken from one or more of the following twelve subject areas:
    1. Business Associations (Agency and Partnerships; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies)
    2. Conflicts of Law
    3. Constitutional Law
    4. Contracts and Sales (UCC Article 2)
    5. Criminal Law and Procedure
    6. Evidence
    7. Family Law
    8. Federal Civil Procedure
    9. Real Property
    10. Torts
    11. Wills, Trusts and Estates (Decedents’ Estates; Trusts and Future Interests)
    12. Secured Transactions (UCC Article 9)
    For more information regarding the composition of the MEE, please visit the NCBE Website at: www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mee/

  2. MPT. One-and-a-half hours will be allocated to complete each MPT question. Prepared by the NCBE, each MPT will be given the same weight as two essays. The MPT examines six fundamental lawyering skills that are required for the performance of many lawyering tasks. These skills include problem-solving; factual analysis; legal analysis; reasoning; written communication; organization and management of a legal task; and recognizing and resolving ethical dilemmas.


The Multistate Bar Examination Component. The Multistate Bar Examination (“MBE”) is a national test prepared by the NCBE and is given on the second day. The test consists of 200 multiple-choice questions. The MBE is divided into a 3 hour morning session and a 3 hour afternoon session. The following subjects are tested:

  1. Contracts
  2. Criminal Law
  3. Evidence
  4. Real Property
  5. Torts
  6. Constitutional Law
  7. Civil Procedure

For more information on the MBE visit the NCBE Website at: www.ncbex.org.


SCORING

The raw scores from the written portion and the MBE portion of the examination will be converted to a scaled score. The maximum possible scaled score on each component of the test is 200 points. The MBE scaled score and the written scaled score are added together, resulting in a total combined scaled score. An Applicant must receive a total combined scaled score of 270 to pass the Utah Bar Examination.


UNSUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS

An failing Applicant is entitled to examine his or her answers to the written portion of the examination. You may do so by sending a written request to the Admissions Office with a $25 fee (cash or check).

Examinations shall be retained for not less than six months after the date that examination results have been announced.

Applicants who wish to retake the Utah State Bar examination immediately following the failed exam must file a Reapplication with the necessary fees and documentation by the retake deadline. If it has been more than two years since the original application was filed, a Standard Application must be completed instead of the Reapplication.

The retake deadline will be approximately 4 weeks after the results are released. An exact date will be provided in the results letter. For Applicants who apply to retake a later exam, normal deadlines and late fees apply.


STUDY HELPS

Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and Multistate Performance Test (MPT) Information Booklets may be downloaded from the National Conference of Bar Examiners website: www.ncbex.org.

The Utah State Bar does not endorse any provider of Bar review courses.

MEE and MPT Questions and Model Answers from previous examinations are available from the NCBE’s website, www.ncbex.org.

COMPUTERS

Persons who wish to complete the written portion of the examination on a personal laptop computer must so indicate on the application and pay the non-refundable $200 fee. The fee covers the software license, technical support, the site technician, power and administrative costs. You will not be entitled to a refund of the computer fee in the event you experience technical difficulties, fail to attend the Bar exam, withdraw, transfer or are disqualified by the Board for any reason.

Visit www.examsoft.com to learn more about system requirements. Please be aware that tablet devices, such as an iPad or Surface Pro, cannot be used on the Bar examination.

Enrollment and software pre-installation is required to take the examination on your computer. For those that have selected and paid the computer fee, instructions on mandatory procedures and deadlines will be emailed at the beginning of the enrollment window. This is generally 6-8 weeks prior to the exam date. When you receive these instructions be certain to read and follow them carefully. Even if you have previously taken law school or state bar examinations using ExamSoft products, you must still complete the enrollment process.

The Utah State Bar assumes no responsibility for power or equipment failure or for technical difficulties encountered while using the software. If any of the above should occur during the examination, you must be prepared to continue the examination by handwriting.


RESTRICTION OF PERSONAL ITEMS

Personal items are prohibited from the testing area. More detailed information will be forwarded one month prior to the examination.

Restrooms and drinking fountains will be accessible during the examination, with proctor surveillance, and tissues will be available in the exam room. Furthermore, one pair of earplugs will be provided each day of the exam.

Applicants with a medical condition that necessitates bringing medication, food or special equipment (e.g. inhaler, insulin pump, lactation pump, etc.) into the exam room must complete the Courtesy Provisions for Health-Related Conditions form.

Use of specially designed chairs, footstools, podiums or other types of personal equipment are restricted. If such equipment is necessary for the purpose of relieving some physical disability or impairment, you must complete a Courtesy Provisions for Health-Related Conditions form.