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Bar Exam Preparation

District of Columbia

The District of Columbia is a UBE jurisdiction.

The Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) is coordinated by NCBE and is composed of the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), two Multistate Performance Test (MPT) tasks, and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). It is uniformly administered, graded, and scored by user jurisdictions and results in a portable score that can be transferred to other UBE jurisdictions.  

The UBE is administered over two days, with the MBE given on the last Wednesday of February and July and the MEE and MPT given on the Tuesday prior to that. Jurisdictions that use the UBE may require applicants to also complete a jurisdiction-specific educational component and/or pass a test on jurisdiction-specific law in addition to passing the UBE. The District of Columbia has no such requirements.

Day one is comprised of two MPTs and six MEE questions. Day two is comprised of the MBE. The MPRE is administered separately, in March, August, and November.

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Maryland

Maryland is a UBE jurisdiction. In additon to the UBE, Maryland also requires the Maryland Component (see link below for more information).

The Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) is coordinated by NCBE and is composed of the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), two Multistate Performance Test (MPT) tasks, and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). It is uniformly administered, graded, and scored by user jurisdictions and results in a portable score that can be transferred to other UBE jurisdictions.  

The UBE is administered over two days, with the MBE given on the last Wednesday of February and July and the MEE and MPT given on the Tuesday prior to that. Jurisdictions that use the UBE may require applicants to also complete a jurisdiction-specific educational component and/or pass a test on jurisdiction-specific law in addition to passing the UBE. The District of Columbia has no such requirements.

Day one is comprised of two MPTs and six MEE questions. Day two is comprised of the MBE. The MPRE is administered separately, in March, August, and November.

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Virginia

Virginia requires:

  • VA essay and short-answer exam
  • MBE
  • MPRE (offered March, August, November)

Day one is the essay part, which is prepared and graded under the supervision of the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners. This part includes essay and short-answer questions. Day two is comprised of the MBE.

See the Rules link below for subjects tested.

MBE scaled score counts for 40% of the combined score and  essay/short answer scaled score counts for 60%. See the FAQ link below for more information on scoring.

The MPRE is administered separately, in March, August, and November.

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News

MPRE Transition to Computer-Based Testing Announced

From NCBE: beginning in August 2019, NCBE, in partnership with Pearson VUE, will transition the MPRE from a paper-based to a computer-based delivery platform. There will be no changes to the question format, content, or scoring of the MPRE. For the August 2019 and November 2019 administrations, a limited number of examinees will be selected at random during the registration process to take the computer-based exam at a Pearson VUE testing center; all other examinees will take the paper-based exam at a testing center administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Beginning with the March 2020 administration, all MPRE examinees will take the computer-based exam at Pearson VUE testing centers. Read more here.

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