The New Hampshire Bar Exam
Structure, Topics, Dates, Cost, Scores, Eligibility and Sample Questions

Since February 2014, the New Hampshire Bar Exam has been using the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE®) format, which divides the exam into three components: the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE®), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT®), and the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE®).

Candidates who intend to practice law in different states will benefit from the increased score portability among the 41 participating UBE jurisdictions. This resource provides all the details on the NH Bar Exam results, dates, deadlines, fees, applications, and more.

New Hampshire Bar Exam Structure

The UBE is divided into two days, each with 6 testing hours. The MPT and MEE are administered on day one, and the MBE on day two.

Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) structure and schedule

New Hampshire Bar Exam Dates, Requirements, and Scheduling

You can't pass an exam that you don't take. Mark the dates and deadlines shown below on your calendar and review the eligibility requirements below. Save yourself some stress by collecting the proper documentation and submitting your application early.

Exam dates

Filing Periods February 27-28, 2024 July 30-31, 2024
Filing Deadline December 1, 2023 May 1, 2024


  • Graduate from an American Bar Association (ABA) approved law school* with a Juris Doctorate (JD) or Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

*Graduates of Massachusetts School of Law are permitted to sit if they have first been admitted in Massachusetts.


  1. Obtain an NCBE® number
  2. Submit Petition and Questionnaire for Admission to the Bar of New Hampshire and all associated documentation 
  3. Submit the Application for the New Hampshire Bar Examination
  4. Submit one check or money order for $725 to the State of New Hampshire
  5. Submit ADA Nonstandard Testing Accommodations Application (if applicable)
Send Application and Fees to:

Sherry M. Hieber

General Counsel

New Hampshire Supreme Court Office of Bar Admissions

One Granite Place, Suite N400

Concord, New Hampshire 03301

New Hampshire Bar Exam Cost and Fees

Application Fees
First-time taker $725
Repeat taker $725
Attorney $725
Admission on Motion $1,225
UBE Transfer $725
Laptop Registration $52.50

Payment policies

Applicants must submit exam fees by check or money order made payable to the State of New Hampshire.

Cost-saving options

  • The Law School Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) provides funding for law school loan debt for lawyers who practice at selected New Hampshire nonprofit legal service organizations
  • Browse AccessLex Institute Law School Scholarship Databank 
  • Check out the ABA website, which offers 100+ opportunities and programs for young lawyers and law students. 
  • Join a study group and split the bar exam preparation materials cost among group members.
  • Research free or low-cost study online study materials like past bar exam questions and answers to supplement commercial study aids.
  • Some bar exam prep companies offer discounts or promotions to students who register early or refer friends to their program.

New Hampshire Bar Exam Subjects and Topics

The NH Bar Exam tests a candidate's legal knowledge, analytical skills, and competence to practice law. It covers a range of subjects, from Constitutional Law and Contracts to Criminal Law and Evidence. Candidates will be assessed by their ability to apply legal principles, draft legal documents, and effectively solve problems to ensure they can competently represent clients and complete entry-level legal tasks.

MEE Subjects

Some MEE subjects may be tested together. Others may not be tested at all. For example, Civil Procedure has been tested on almost every MEE for the past ten years, while Criminal Law has only appeared a few times.

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MBE Subjects

The MBE contains 200 multiple-choice questions divided evenly over 7 subjects. You'll notice that 7 x 25 does not equal 200. That's because 25 MBE questions are unscored questions that act as field tests for future exams.

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MPT Tasks

The MPT is designed to test an examinee's "lawyering skills" using only the materials provided. These tasks are conducted in a closed-universe, fictional jurisdiction called "Franklin." The laws of the real world do not apply, so your critical thinking skills and understanding of fundamental legal principles are key.

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New Hampshire MPRE Requirements

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE®) is a 2-hour, 60-multiple-choice question exam that assesses an examinee's knowledge of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Candidates must pass the MPRE before they can take the New Hampshire Bar Exam. You can register through the NCBE.

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New Hampshire MPRE minimum passing score

You can take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE®) before or after the bar exam, but earning a score of 79 or higher is necessary to become a lawyer in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Bar Exam Scoring, Results and Pass Rates

The UBE employs scaled scoring to ensure fairness across exam versions. Scaled scoring accounts for the fact that one exam administration may be more or less difficult than another administration. For example, February's exam may be more difficult than July's. It wouldn't be fair if you failed because you just happened to receive a harder exam version.

To solve this, your raw scores are transformed into scaled scores through a statistical method called equating. Unfortunately, the NCBE does not release data on the calculations it uses to determine scaled scores.

New Hampshire bar exam scoring/grading

New Hampshire's minimum passing score is 270. Since the UBE is divided into two equally weighted sections—writing (MPT/MEE) and the MBE—you want to aim for a 135 on each section.

However, you do not need to score 135 on each section to pass the NH bar exam. For example, an exceptional MBE score can balance out a subpar score on the writing section. What's important is that the sum of your two scores is 270 or higher.

New Hampshire bar exam results and pass rates

Results are typically released 10 weeks after an exam administration. Below are the pass rates for the past 6 years.

Exam First Timers Repeaters Overall
Year No Of Candidates Pass Rate No. Of Candidates Pass Rate No. Of Candidates Pass Rate
2022 93 61% 27 26% 120 53%
2021 97 69% 20 25% 117 62%
2020 104 76% 22 32% 126 68%
2019 121 67% 41 22% 162 56%
2018 148 56% 57 19% 205 46%
2017 198 75% 36 31% 234 68%

New Hampshire Bar Exam Reciprocity

New Hampshire offers reciprocity with every state EXCEPT:


To gain admission to the New Hampshire Bar without examination (Admission on Motion), you must:

  • Have been actively practicing law in a US jurisdiction* for 5 out of the last 7 years
  • Be in good standing in all of the jurisdictions in which you're licensed
  • Have completed 900 minutes of New Hampshire-specific legal education in the past year

*For Maine/Vermont: Have been actively practicing law in Vermont/Maine for at least 3 years.

What Makes the New Hampshire Bar Exam Unique?

The New Hampshire bar exam itself is not unique. It follows the same format as the many other participating UBE jurisdictions. However, New Hampshire has the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program (DWS)—a pioneering initiative that allows students to bypass the traditional bar exam upon successful completion of the program.

This program is a collaboration between the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, the New Hampshire Supreme Court, the New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners, and the New Hampshire Bar Association. It's been praised for its innovation in legal education and is the first program of its kind in the country​.

New Hampshire Bar Exam for foreigners

If you have a law degree from a foreign country and want to apply for the New Hampshire Bar, you must:

  • Have a law degree from a country that follows English Common Law
  • Already be a practicing lawyer either in that country or in a US jurisdiction
  • Prove that your foreign law education is similar in quality to a law degree from a school accredited by the American Bar Association.

Final Takeaways

The difference between those who fail the New Hampshire Bar Examination and those who pass is the right study plan. A quality full bar review course will help improve your score, whether it's your first, second, or even third time taking the NH Bar Exam.

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Contact details of the New Hampshire state bar

Phone Number (603) 224-8806
Email  [email protected] 
VBA Education Services [email protected] 
Mailing Address 

Sherry M. Hieber

General Counsel

New Hampshire Supreme Court

Office of Bar Admissions

One Granite Place, Suite N400

Concord, New Hampshire 03301

New Hampshire Bar Exam FAQs

The New Hampshire Bar Exam consists of a total of 12 testing hours divided equally between two days.
For most, you must have graduated from an ABA-accredited law school to take the New Hampshire Bar Exam. However, there are exceptions. Please see the requirements or foreigners sections for exceptions.
The New Hampshire Bar Exam is as hard as the bar exam of the 40 other jurisdictions that have adopted the UBE. However, states with non-UBE components may be considered more difficult.
It costs $725 to take the NH Bar Exam. The deadlines to submit your application are May 1 and December 1 for the July and February exams, respectively.
New Hampshire allows 4 attempts to pass the UBE.
$725, the same as it costs to take the exam for the first time.
The minimum passing UBE score for New Hampshire is 270.
New Hampshire offers reciprocity with every jurisdiction EXCEPT: California, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Nevada, South Carolina, and Vermont. Lawyers from other US jurisdictions can apply to the NH Bar without examination.
Yes. Send your score transfer form and a $25 fee to the Office of Bar Admissions Office in Concord, New Hampshire, before you take the NH bar exam.
You can transfer your UBE score to another jurisdiction if it allows it.
Your UBE score must be from an exam taken within the 3 years immediately preceding your application submission. If your score was earned more than 3 years ago, but less than 5, you must establish that you’ve been actively practicing law for at least 2 years in a jurisdiction where you were in good standing.
You may be admitted without examination to the New Hampshire Bar if you’ve been actively engaged in the practice of law and meet these requirements.
We recommend dedicating 400 study hours to the NH Bar Exam. Most students begin studying 8-10 weeks before their exam’s administration. However, starting sooner may aid retention and decrease burnout, so we recommend starting as early as 4-6 months out if possible, especially if you work full-time.
No, you cannot practice law without a law degree in New Hampshire.
The typical path to becoming a licensed attorney in New Hampshire is as follows: earn an undergraduate degree, pass the LSAT, earn a JD from an ABA-accredited law school, be deemed of good moral character and fitness, pass the bar exam, pass the MPRE and be approved for admission to the bar.

Submit a request for nonstandard testing accommodations on or before the deadline for the appropriate bar exam application.

Send forms to:

Mary Tenn, Esquire

NH Board of Bar Examiners

c/o Office of Bar Admissions

One Granite Place, Suite N400

Concord, New Hampshire 03301

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