The Utah Bar Exam
Structure, Topics, Dates, Cost, Scores, and Eligibility
The Utah Bar Examination adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE®) format in February 2013. The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE®) developed the UBE to assess a candidate's lawyering skills and legal knowledge. It consists of three components: the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE®), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT®), and the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE®).
Candidates who may want to practice law in different states will find the increased score portability among the 41 participating UBE jurisdictions advantageous. Below, you'll find everything you need to know about the Utah Bar Exam, including pass rates, important dates, deadlines, fees, application instructions, eligibility requirements, and more.
Utah Bar Exam Structure
Utah Bar Exam Dates, Requirements, and Scheduling
You can't pass an exam that you don't take. That's why marking the filing dates on your calendar and reviewing eligibility requirements is essential. Gathering the proper documentation and submitting your application early can save you hundreds of dollars and a ton of stress. Check out all the details below.
The Utah Bar Exam is administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. Applications, forms, and all required supplementary documentation must be submitted electronically by the end of the day (11:59:59 pm MDT) of the appropriate filing deadline. If the deadline is on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be moved to the first following business day. Any hard copies of forms or documents must be delivered (not just postmarked) to the Bar's office by close of business on the appropriate filing deadline.
If you fail the Utah Bar Exam and wish to apply for the following administration, you must file a different application according to different submission deadlines. You will be notified of the deadline when scores are released.
|Feb. 27-28, 2024
|July 30-31, 2024
|August 1, 2023
|January 1, 2023
|October 1, 2023
|March 1, 2024
|October 15, 2023
|March 15, 2024
|November 1, 2023
|April 1, 2024
To sit for the Utah Bar Exam, you must have a Juris Doctorate (JD) degree from an American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited law school. You must also be a US citizen, a permanent resident, or otherwise authorized to work in the US. Additionally, all applicants must pass a character and fitness evaluation. If you have not graduated from a law school accredited by the ABA, you can still take the Utah Bar Exam if you meet the following two requirements:
- Graduated from a state-accredited law school with a curriculum deemed equivalent to an ABA-approved law school and not based on correspondence or online study.
- Have been practicing law lawfully for at least 10 of the 11 years preceding application submission.
Before you begin the scheduling process, review the requirements carefully, then follow these steps:
Utah Bar Exam Cost and Fees
Costs and fees associated with the Utah Bar Exam range from hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on your situation. The easiest way to save money is to apply before the timely filing deadline. Individuals applying for Admission on Motion or UBE Score Transfer can also find associated fees below.
|Other Application Fees
|Admission on Motion
|UBE Score Transfer (Students)
|UBE Score Transfer (Attorneys)
|Seeking Readmission after Resignations
|Laptop Computer Use
|Incomplete Application Fee
|Up to $300
The Utah Bar Exam fee can be paid via personal check, money order, or credit card (Visa or Mastercard). Credit card payments must be made online, and checks must be made out to "Utah State Bar." Fees are non-refundable.
Between law school and Utah Bar Exam application fees, becoming an attorney isn't cheap. Fortunately, there are cost-saving options available to eligible individuals. For example, The Utah Minority Bar Association offers $1,000-$8,650 scholarships to students at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University every year, and The University of Utah offers merit-based scholarships to freshmen.
You can also try browsing the AccessLex Institute Law School Scholarship Databank for options better suited to you. You can also check out the ABA, which offers 100+ opportunities and programs for young lawyers and law students. Even if you can't obtain a scholarship, there are some basic things you can do to save money while preparing for the bar exam:
- Join a study group and split the cost of bar exam preparation materials 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.
Utah Bar Exam Subjects and Topics
The UT 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: Testable subjects
The MEE requires candidates to identify legal issues, apply relevant legal principles, and demonstrate their ability to analyze fact patterns and compose well-reasoned, organized, and concise written responses. MEE subjects include:
Some subjects may be tested together. Others may not be tested at all. What subjects the NCBE chooses for any administration are not made public before the exam. Historically, some have been tested more often than others. For example, Civil Procedure has been tested on almost every MEE for the past 10 years, while Criminal Law has only appeared a few times. However, subjects that occur less frequently may still be paired with others.
Check out our MEE Study Guide for details on planning your studies and determining what's essential so you use your time efficiently. Also, check out our MEE Subject Matter Outline for in-depth explanations of MEE subjects and sub-topics.
MBE: Testable 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 the NCBE pilots for future exams. There is no way to identify which questions are scored or unscored, so it's best just to imagine that they are all just as important. MBE subjects are as follows:
MPT: Testable items
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. You'll receive faux reference material, which you'll use to solve two tasks, each graded on a scale from 0 to 6.
Utah Bar Exam results are typically released 8 weeks following an exam administration. Results were released on April 11, 2023, and September 14, 2023, for the February 2023 and July 2023 exams, respectively.
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What is the time limit for accepting a transferred UBE score in Utah(i.e., maximum age of the UBE score)?
You may be admitted without examination to the Utah Bar if you’ve been actively engaged in the practice of law and meet these requirements.
Fill out and submit the proper Test Accommodation Request Forms. Qualified applicants with a documented disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) must submit the application with all supporting documentation by the filing deadline for the exam.