The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) offers the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) for licensure purposes. Candidates must meet specific eligibility requirements before taking this test.
Candidates will be given six hours to complete 200 multiple-choice items. Of these 10 questions are not scored; these are pre-trial items which may be used on future exams. Candidates will not know which items are scored and which are not. The test is split into two 3-hour parts, each of which has 100 items to complete.
Each item of the MBE can be answered using basic legal principles (as opposed to local case or statutory law). The content of the MBE test is broken down as follows:
- 33 question on contracts
- 33 questions on torts
- 31 questions on constitutional law
- 31 questions on criminal law
- 31 questions on evidence
- 31 questions on real property
- 10 questions for future exam purposes (not scored)
Since the final result is based on how many questions that are answered correctly, it is better to try to answer every question. The raw score (the number answered correctly) will be converted to a scaled score. Check with the local jurisdiction to find out how much the MBE test results count toward a candidate being admitted to the bar.