The Bar Examination

Each state prepares and administers its own written examination for applicants seeking licensure to practice law in that state. The vast majority of states incorporate the use of the Multi-state Bar Examination (MBE), a day-long multiple-choice test which challenges a candidate’s basic understanding of general law and legal theories (e.g., torts, contracts, criminal procedure, constitutional rights, etc.). This is followed by another day-long written examination on particular state law, which tests candidates’ knowledge of not only state statutes, but also state approach to common law issues. Finally, most states add a half-day written examination on ethics and professional responsibility.


Inside The Bar Examination