Breeze Through the 2017 Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

Just like the real thing. The types of questions that we expect will appear in the MBE.

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Bar Prep Hero provides a review and preparation program that deals with the MBE part of the test, which covers all testing administered on day one of the bar examination. Our practice tests are designed to resemble as closely as possible the types of questions that we expect will appear in the MBE.

All 7 practice areas

Our sample examinations contain hundreds of multiple-choice questions based on the following seven legal practice areas: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.

Why our tests work

  • Detailed explanations and citations
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Welcome to Bar Prep Hero

The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) is prepared and administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. It covers seven legal practice areas: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts. The following practice tests contain multiple-choice questions based on these practice areas. Most of the questions in the tests below are based on hypothetical fact problems, each of which gives rise to a legal conflict between disputing sides that must be resolved through the legal process. You must resolve the dispute with legal reasoning and select the most likely answer from the four alternatives provided. Select the answer that you believe is best, given the facts, the law, and the circumstances.
These practice tests are not timed. Each test provides hints and explanations that are not in the official MBE.

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MBE FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is the MBE?
The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) is a standardized, multiple-choice exam created by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE).
What is tested on the MBE Exam?
There are 200 questions on the MBE, which test your command of seven subjects: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts. These questions are not organized by subject. Instead, questions on the various subjects are distributed throughout the exam.
How long is the MBE?
The MBE lasts about six hours. You’ll have three hours during the morning session to complete the first part (100 questions), and another three hours during the afternoon session to complete the second part (another 100 questions).
Do these practice tests include the actual 2017 MBE questions?
No. There is no way to know which questions you’ll get on your MBE. The best you can do is practice using practice questions until you score 100% on each test.
Where do these practice test questions come from?
Our free MBE preparation tests are based on authentic MBE (Multistate Bar Examination) questions that have appeared on past exams. However, none of the practice test questions were copied from other sources; all of them were created by our legal experts.
How effective are these practice tests?
There is no such thing as too much practice. Our practice tests contain unique questions that will help you prepare for the MBE. Just like the questions on the actual Multistate Bar Examination, each practice question is multiple choice with four possible answers. Each question also comes with a hint that you can view if you’re not sure of the correct answer. If you make a mistake, an explanation of the correct answer will be shown to you immediately.
Which preparation tests should I take?
Each of our MBE prep tests contains a unique set of questions, so we recommend you take all the prep tests, starting from Test 1.
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What is the Bar Exam?

The Bar Exam is a two-day bar examination administered by a committee or board of bar examiners before a license to practice law can be issued to each applicant. The Bar Exam is administered in each state or territory of the United States, usually twice per year, on the last Wednesday in February and on the last Wednesday in July.

What is taking the Bar Exam really like?


What is the MBE?

The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) is a part of the Bar Exam. It is a standardized set of 200 multiple-choice questions (covers all seven legal practice areas: constitutional law, real property, criminal law and procedure, civil procedure, evidence, contracts, and torts) usually taken on the first day of the state bar examination. The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) prepares the test questions. The questions are administered in two sessions: 100 questions in the morning session and the remaining 100 questions in the afternoon session.

About the Bar Exam

In each state or territory of the United States, a committee or board of bar examiners regulates the issuance of licenses to practice law. The committee or board of bar examiners administers a two-day bar examination to each license applicant. The substance of the testing and the qualifications for admission differ from state to state. (You must obtain all the necessary application forms for licensure and bar admission, which should include some general bar exam information for your state, as well as an explanation of the state’s requirements and qualifications, directly from your state board of law examiners or bar association.) The American bar examination is usually given twice per year, on the last Wednesday in February and on the last Wednesday in July. The bar exam results are usually posted online by the Supreme Courts for thirty days after the date their release is ordered. The tentative date of their release (including the MBE score) is announced at the bar examination. The results are listed by each applicant’s anonymous Bar Applicant File Number.

The Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) is a standardized bar examination that consists of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE). The UBE tests knowledge of general principles of law, legal analysis and reasoning, and communication skills. It has been adopted in 25 states and the District of Columbia.
2 Days
The Bar Exam is a two-day examination: the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) is administered on the first day, while state-specific questions plus the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) are given on the second day.
3 Parts
The bar examination is usually a three-part process: the Multistate Bar Examination, state-specific questions, and the Multistate Performance Test. The MPT consists of two 90-minute items. Not every jurisdiction requires the MPT.
Twice Per Year
The bar examination is usually given twice per year, on the last Wednesday in February and on the last Wednesday in July. The MPT (where required) is administered on the Tuesday before the last Wednesday in February and July of each year.

Bar Admission Process: How the Bar Exam Is Administered

Photos from Bar Examinations across the country

Bar Exam Day One:
the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)

All states and territories except Louisiana and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico subscribe to the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), which is a standardized set of 200 multiple-choice questions usually taken on the first day of the state bar examination. The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) prepares the test questions.
2 Sessions (Morning and Afternoon)
The questions are administered in two sessions: 100 questions in the morning session and the remaining 100 questions in the afternoon session.
200 Multiple-Choice Questions
To answer the question, you must resolve a legal issue involving those facts. There are four possible answers; you must choose the best answer under the given circumstances.
Covers 7 Areas Of The Law
The MBE covers constitutional law, real property and torts, criminal law and procedure, civil procedure, evidence, and contracts. There are four possible answers.
The MBE instructions tell you to apply fundamental legal principles that are typically accepted in that area of the law. The questions are set up to test your ability to select the best answer from several possibilities. Thus, the MBE tests your knowledge and ability to apply the broad legal principles of our body of jurisprudence to legal issues. The ability to take a legal issue that arises in a factual context and apply the relevant legal concepts is basic to an attorney’s legal reasoning skills. The MBE questions evaluate and test your ability to think like a lawyer and conduct legal problem-solving in a focused manner.

Bar Exam Day Two:
State-Specific Law Questions

During the second day of the bar examination, states and territories administer other questions that are usually more specific to each state’s laws. Law students taking the bar exam should expect CA-specific questions on Day Two of the California Bar exam, questions related to the practice of law in South Dakota on the SD Bar exam, etc. Fun fact: the California Bar Exam is notoriously difficult and has the lowest passage rate of any bar exam in the country. It is even ranked as one of the most challenging law exams in the world.
These questions include a substantial number of essay questions that are based on hypothetical situations. You will be asked to resolve the issues raised in each hypothetical situation by supplying an answer in the form of an essay. This legal problem-solving process is what attorneys do on a daily basis. The purpose of these questions is to test your practical understanding of how the law works and how it may be applied to a client’s situation to arrive at a resolution. Some states require standardized essay questions and other standardized test questions on the second day of the bar examination. This testing is prepared by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, the same organization that supplies the multiple-choice questions for the MBE.

Bar Prep Hero:
How We Can Help

Bar Prep Hero (BPH) provides a ‘pro bono’ review and preparation program that deals with the MBE part of the test, which covers all testing administered on day one of the bar examination.
No Retired Bar Exam Questions
We do not use past exam questions from prior years because the answers may have become outdated due to new or evolving legal principles, and will not help pass the exam.
Detailed Rationales With Citations
We provide the student with a detailed explanation in support of the correct answer, including updated citations to applicable statutory and case law.
Most US law schools only teach common law, but they do not prepare law students for any particular bar exam. Just a few law schools offer bar review courses or bar preparation programs. BPH is a study aid with sample examinations that are designed to resemble as closely as possible the types of questions that we expect will appear in the MBE. We do not use retired bar examination questions from prior years because even though fundamental legal principles stay the same, the answers may have become outdated due to new or evolving legal principles. BPH takes additional measures to give feedback to the student on each question. In addition to bar review courses, our special program provides the Multistate Bar Exam applicant with a detailed explanation in support of the correct answer, including updated citations to applicable statutory and case law. During their preparation for the exam, the students have the option to look up the citations to see how courts reasoned about similar cases. Because of this structured learning process, law students taking the BPH bar preparation programs have had great success in better understanding the MBE questions, the answers, and the process of legal reasoning.

Get ready for the 2017 Bar Exam with our pro bono MBE practice tests

Just like the real thing. The types of questions that we expect will appear in the MBE.