Bar Exam Study Guide
Study Plan, Tips and Preparation
Whether your jurisdiction has adopted the UBE, components developed by the NCBE, or is unique, this bar exam study guide will provide you with tested study tips, quality study materials, and component-specific advice.
Understand the Bar Exam Format, Weights, and Subjects
The weight of each component is not distributed evenly. For example, the MBE is worth half your bar exam score. Weights for each component are as follows:
While most jurisdictions use the UBE format, some require that examinees take an additional jurisdiction-specific law component. Jurisdictions that have not adopted the UBE may use its components or variations of them. Check if your jurisdiction is part of the UBE adopted jurisdictions, or check your state-specific bar examiner website.
MBE Format and Subjects
MBE questions are designed to test an examinee's ability to pair a fundamental understanding of seven core subjects (see below) with an analysis of a given question's fact pattern.
MEE Format and Subjects
There is no way to know which subjects will be tested. However, you can check out our MEE subjects guide to see which subjects are most likely to appear and a summary of each topic.
- Business Associations
- Civil Procedure
- Conflict of Laws
- Constitutional Law
- Contracts and Sales
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Family Law
- Real Property
- Trusts and Estates
- Article 9 (secured transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code
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MPT Format and Topics
The MPT consists of two tasks set in a fictitious jurisdiction called Franklin. The rules of law you've been studying do not apply in Franklin. Instead, MPT tasks simulate real assignments that newly licensed lawyers will confront. You will be provided with a library of Franklin's laws, a file containing facts of the case, and an assignment from a supervisor, which you'll have 90 minutes to complete.
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Taking the Bar Exam
Below is a summary of some of the most important general tips and techniques to remember as you're taking the bar exam. However, it's important that you see our component-specific study guides, which enumerate exam-specific tips and techniques.
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Students typically begin studying for the bar exam full-time about 8-10 weeks (2-3 months) before the date of their bar exam. This timeline gives you 40-50 hours a week to study for the MBE, MPT, MEE, or any state-specific components, depending on your jurisdiction.
Studying with a full-time job
You may not have the luxury of being able to study full-time. If externalities are creating time constraints for you, we recommend starting to study for the bar exam 4-6 months before your exams. This timeline gives you 16-25 hours a month to study for every component of the exam.