Montana Bar Exam Information

Montana Bar Exam Information


State Bar of Montana
7 W. 6th Ave., #2B
P.O. Box 577
Helena, MT 59624
(406) 442-7660

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Subjects and Topics Tested

Montana 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 Montana 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 Montana bar exam is 266 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 Montana bar exam is administered twice per year – once in February and once in July.

Upcoming Exams

2017: July 25-27

2018: February 27-March 1 and July 24-26

Bar Exam Results

Montana bar exam results are typically released 7 weeks after the exam is administered. The Montana State Bar posts names of all passers on its website. Those who fail the exam will receive copies of their MEE and MPT exams and MBE score.

Bar Exam Format

The Uniform Bar Exam (adopted by Montana), 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.

Thursday
Day 3 is the Montana Law Seminar (“MLS”), which is comprised of two, 3 hour courses on Montana specific law. Attendance of the MLS is a required for admission to the Montana State Bar.

Reciprocity

UBE Score Transfer: To qualify for reciprocal admission to the Montana Bar, applicant must have a passing UBE score obtained in another jurisdiction within the past three years, and fulfill of all of the other admission requirements.

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