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Bar Examination Resources: General Information


Effective with the February 2015 bar exam, Civil Procedure will appear on the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). Visit the NCBE MBE page for the Civil Procedure Subject Matter Outline and sample questions.

Also effecitve with the February 2015 bar exam, the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) Federal Civil Procedure subject matter outline will be modified. Visit the MEE page for the Civil Procedure Subject Matter Outline.

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 contact the board of bar examiners in the jurisdiction for which you wish to practice law.

National Conference of Bar Examiners

The National Conference of Bar Examiners is the organization that produces the five multistate bar examinations. Each state has it's own requirements regarding the multistate exams. The NCBE FAQ contains a variety of useful information, including maps that detail which states require which NCBE or UBE exams, descriptions of the exams, test dates, practice exams, sample questions, and suggestions for study aids. Most of the study aids listed on their publications page are also available in the law library.

The Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements is published annually by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) in collaboration with the ABA.  It contains current information on bar admission requirements in all U.S. jurisdictions, including a directory of state bar admission agencies. Print copies are available in the law library’s reference room at call number KF302.A15 C66.

American Bar Association

The ABA's Bar Admissions Information site includes an overview plus information on all of the multistate exams.

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Frances Brillantine
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