One common element of the bar exam from jurisdiction to jurisdiction is the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). The MBE is administered in every jurisdiction except Louisiana and Puerto Rico.
The MBE consists of 200 multiple-choice questions administered during two three-hour examination periods on the last Wednesday in February and the last Wednesday in July each year. For the MBE's scope of coverage, see the MBE Subject Matter Outline.
Additional details regarding the structure of the exam and tested subjects are available on the NCBE’s MBE Preparation page.
According to the NCBE, “[t]he purpose of the MBE is to assess the extent to which an examinee can apply fundamental legal principles and legal reasoning to analyze given fact patterns.”
Print materials available in the Law Library’s Bar Success Collection on Level 3:
(last updated April 2, 2020)