Maine Bar Exam Information

Maine Bar Exam Information

Maine Board of Bar Examiners
P.O. Box 140
Augusta, ME 04332-0140
(207) 623-2464

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Subjects and Topics Tested

Maine 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 Maine 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

The MBE is weighted 50%. The MEE is weighted 30%, and the MPT is weighted 20%.

Bar Exam Dates

The Maine 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 passing score is a weighted score of 138 out of 200. Maine bar exam results are typically released 8-10 weeks after the exam is administered. Results will be posted online and mailed to all exam takers.

Bar Exam Format

The Uniform Bar Exam (adopted by Maine), 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.


UBE Score Transfer: To qualify for reciprocal admission, an attorney can earn the minimum UBE score required by Maine within the prior three years and not before July, 2014.

Practicing Attorneys From Other Jurisdictions: if an attorney admitted to practice in one or more jurisdictions in the U.S. and has actively practiced law for at least 3 of the preceding 5 years in a jurisdiction in which they are licensed, the attorney may elect to take only the first day of the Maine Bar Examination. They are not required to use an MBE score.


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