One common element of the bar exam in many jurisdictions is the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). For a list of jurisdictions that administer the MPT, please see the map at the bottom of this page.
The MPT consists of The Multistate Performance Test consists of one or two 90-minute items. It is administered by user jurisdictions as part of the bar exam on the Tuesday before the last Wednesday in February and July of each year. User jurisdictions may select one or both MPT items to include as part of their bar examinations. Jurisdictions that administer the Uniform Bar Examination use both MPT items.
Consult your jurisdiction's board of bar examiners website to determine whether one or two performance exercises are administered and the weight of the MPT in comparison to the overall score.
Additional details regarding the structure of the exam and tested subjects are available on the NCBE’s MPT Preparation page.
According to the NCBE, “[t]he MPT is designed to test an examinee’s ability to use fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation and complete a task that a beginning lawyer should be able to accomplish. The MPT is not a test of substantive knowledge. Rather, it is designed to evaluate certain fundamental skills lawyers are expected to demonstrate regardless of the area of law in which the skills are applied.”
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(updated May 19, 2021)