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Bar Exam Preparation: General Information

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Effective with the February 2017 exam, The MBE will consist of 175 scored questions and 25 unscored pretest questions. See also What does increase in MBE pretest questions mean for test takers? (ABA News, 9/6/16).

Also effective with the February 2017 administration, there will be changes to the Real Property scope of coverage for the MBE and the MEE. The Real Property topics will be slightly reordered and revised. Read more here. 

General Information

Bar admission is regulated by each state's board of bar examiners. Bar requirements are state-specific and vary from state to state, so it's important to check the requirements for the jurisdiction in which you plan to practice law.

About the Multistate Exams

The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) produces five multistate bar examinations. Each state determines which of the tests it will use. States may also have a state-specific component.

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Frances Brillantine
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