Missouri Bar Exam Information

Missouri Bar Exam Information


Missouri Board of Law Examiners
P.O. Box 104236
Jefferson City, MO 65110-4236
(573) 751-9814

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Subjects and Topics Tested

Missouri is a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) jurisdiction. The UBE consists of the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). The Missouri bar exam may test the following subjects:

MEE Subjects

  • Agency & Partnership
  • Business Associations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Secured Transactions (U.C.C. Article 9)
  • Wills & Estates
  • Trusts

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure (Federal)
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (including U.C.C. Art. 2 – Sales)
  • Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts

Scoring and Grading

A passing score on the Missouri bar exam is 260 on a 400-point scale. The MBE is weighted 50%. The MEE is weighted 30%, and the MPT is weighted 20%.

Bar Exam Dates

The Missouri bar exam is administered twice per year – once in February and once in July.

Upcoming Exams

2017: July 25-26

2018: February 27-28 and July 24-25

Bar Exam Results

The Missouri bar exam results are typically released 7 weeks after the exam is administered. The results are posted online and mailed to all exam takers.

Bar Exam Format

The Uniform Bar Exam (adopted by Missouri), has the written components on Tuesday and the multiple choice component (MBE) on Wednesday

Tuesday
During the 3-hour morning session, 2 MPT questions are administered. This allows an average of 1.5 hours to complete each. During the three-hour afternoon session, 6 MEE questions are administered, allowing an average of 1.5 hours to answer each essay question.

Wednesday
100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour morning session, and 100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour afternoon session.

Reciprocity

To qualify for reciprocal admission, for 5 out of 10 years preceding application for admission, an attorney who has graduated from an ABA approved law school may be admitted on motion in the following situations:

1) been engaged in the full-time practice of law primarily at or from an office physically located in a state, other than Missouri, or U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia, while you had an active license to practice law in such state or U.S. territory; or

2) served full-time as a lawyer with the U.S. government or its armed forces; or

3) taught full-time in a law school approved by the ABA; or

4) been engaged in the full-time practice of law as in-house counsel primarily at or from an office physically located in a state, other than Missouri, or U.S territory, or the District of Columbia; or

5) any combination of the foregoing. In addition, you must have graduated with a J.D. (or LL.B.) degree from an ABA approved law school, and hold an active license to practice in a state that permits mutuality of admission without exam to Missouri attorneys. 

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