Bar Exam Resources Guide

This Guide was created to assist W&L law students in preparing for the bar exam.

Helpful Information

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For additional information on print and electronic resources available to you and the information on this Guide, please contact a librarian at LawRef@wlu.edu

For additional information on W&L bar courses, the bar exam components, studying assistance and tips, creating a bar exam study schedule, etc., please contact Prof. Reid Flinn at FlinnCR@wlu.edu

For questions regarding the bar exam application process or materials, please contact Dean Trenya Mason at MasonT@wlu.edu

Looking for a Notary?

In the Law School:

Sue Coffey, Lewis Hall 233A (540-458-8981 or CoffeyS@wlu.edu)

Brianne Kleinert, Lewis Hall 245 (540-458-8567 or KleinertB@wlu.edu

Sheryl Salm, Lewis Hall 105 (540-458-8482 or SalmS@wlu.edu)

Other Notaries on W&L's campus are listed online

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.

Content and Scoring of the Exam

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.”

Study Resources for the MBE

Print materials available in the Law Library’s Bar Success Collection on Level 3:

If you’re looking to purchase additional resources yourself:

  • The NCBE provides you with some sample test questions online. 
  • When you register for a Bar Review course they will provide you with multiple simulated MBE exams.
  • The NCBE has a list of MBE study aids in their online store

Jurisdictions Administering the MBE

(last updated April 2, 2020)