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Bar Exam Resources: Past Bar Exams

Highlights important information and services for law students as they prepare to take the bar examination in Pennsylvania or elsewhere.

Bar Exam Tests

Bar Examination Tests

  • Bar admission requirements are promulgated by each state. The most common testing configuration consists of a two-day bar examination. One day of testing is devoted to the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) and the second day is typically comprised of essays from a broad range of subject areas prepared by the board of bar examiners of each state.
  • The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) is a standardized 200-item test covering six areas of the law (Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts). The MBE is administered in all states except Washington and Louisiana.
  • The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is a fifty question, two-hour, multiple-choice exam separately administered three times a year. It is required in all states except Washington, Wisconsin and Maryland. On-line registration is available.
  • The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) has also been adopted in several jurisdictions. It is three 90-minute skills questions covering legal analysis, fact analysis, problem solving, resolution of ethical dilemmas, organization and management of a lawyering task, and communication.

Bar Examination Questions and Answers

The following bar examination study aids are available for your use in the Legal Information Center:

  • Annual Compilation of Bar Examination Questions & Answers. Essay questions and answers from selected states published twice a year. (KF303.I57)
  • Delaware Bar Examinations. Delaware essay and professional conduct questions and answers. (KFD76.D4)
  • Patent Agent's Exam. (KF3165.Z9 P38)
  • Questions and Answers for Bar Examination. (KFP76.Q46)
  • Sample MBE. Two hundred multiple choice questions and answers from past exams. (KF303.S25)