Idaho Bar Exam Information

Idaho Bar Exam Information

Idaho State Bar
525 W. Jefferson
P.O. Box 895
Boise, ID 83701

(208) 334-4500

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Subjects and Topics Tested

Idaho 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 Idaho 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 Idaho 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 Idaho 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

Idaho bar exam results are typically released 9-10 weeks after the exam is administered. The names of those applicants who passed is posted on the Idaho Bar Examining Committee website.

Bar Exam Format

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

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.

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


Reciprocal admission available for a lawyer who has fulfilled several qualifications, including

(1) admission to practice law in a reciprocal jurisdiction;

(2) substantially and actively practicing law for three of the past five years; and

(3) not having failed the Idaho bar exam within the past five years.

A lawyer who is not eligible for reciprocal admission but has actively practiced law for three of the past five years may be eligible for admission to the Idaho State Bar by sitting for the MEE and MPT of the Idaho bar exam, but not the MBE.

If applicant earned a UBE score of 272 in another jurisdiction within the prior 37 months, then can be admitted to the Idaho State Bar without sitting for the Idaho bar exam.



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