Indiana Bar Exam Information

Indiana Bar Exam Information

Indiana State Board of Law Examiners
30 South Meridian Street, Suite 875
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3569
(317) 232-2552

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Subjects and Topics Tested

The Indiana bar exam tests the following MBE and essay subjects:

MBE Subjects

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

Indiana Essay Subjects

  • Administrative Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law
  • Family Law
  • Indiana Constitutional Law
  • Personal Property
  • Pleading & Practice
  • Taxation (Federal and Indiana)
  • Wills, Trusts & Estates

Application Filing Deadlines and Fees

July 2017 Exam
Filing Deadline: April 1
Late Filing Deadline: April 15

February 2018 Exam
Filing Deadline: November 15
Late Filing Deadline: November 30

Application Fees
Non-attorneys: $250 ($500 for late filing)
Attorneys: $250 ($500 for late filing)
Laptop Fee: $125

Scoring and Grading

A passing score on the Indiana bar exam is 132 on a 200-point scale. This is based on the combined weighted scores of the MBE (50%), the Indiana Essay Exam Questions (30%), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) (20%).

Bar Exam Dates

The Indiana 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

Indiana bar exam results are typically released approximately 8-9 weeks after the exam.

Bar Exam Format

The Indiana bar exam includes the written portion on day one, and the MBE on day two.

On the first day, exam takers are given 4 hours to answer 6 Indiana Essay Exam questions, and 3 hours to complete 2 MPTs.

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


The Indiana Bar allows for admission on motion by a practicing attorney in another jurisdiction. The attorney must meet several conditions, including practicing law for 5 of the last 7 years.

Jurisdiction rules and policies change. Be sure to consult the jurisdiction’s bar admission agency directly for the most current info.











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