What is the Uniform Bar Exam?

Published June 28, 2017

New York state recently began administering the Uniform Bar Examination. Here is an overview of what that means for future test takers.

The Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) is a uniform test administered in every jurisdiction that has adopted the UBE. It consists of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE).

The UBE is designed to test knowledge and skills that every lawyer should demonstrate. It results in a portable score that can be used to apply for admission in other UBE jurisdictions.

The MBE tests on seven subjects:

  • Evidence
  • Constitutional Law
  • Torts
  • Civil Procedure
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Contracts
  • Real Property 

The MEE, which consists of six 30-minute essays, focuses on “fundamental principles of law” just like the MBE. The MEE tests on each of the MBE subjects listed above, as well as:

  • Family Law
  • Decedents’ Estates (Wills)
  • Future Interests
  • Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Trusts
  • Agency
  • Partnership
  • UCC Article 9

The UBE is offered in the following 26 states: Alabama, Alaska (from July 2014), Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York (from July 2016) North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Palau, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

For more information, visit: http://www.ncbex.org/exams/ube/

Amber Melvin is the Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator for the Office of Admissions.

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