Minnesota Bar Exam Information

Minnesota Bar Exam Information

Minnesota State Board of Law Examiners
180 East 5th Street, Suite 950
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 297-1857

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Subjects and Topics Tested

Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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 July Minnesota bar exam results are typically released 10 weeks after the exam is administered. The February exam results are released 6 weeks after the exam. The results are mailed to all exam takers.

Bar Exam Format

The Uniform Bar Exam (adopted by Minnesota), 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.


To qualify for reciprocal admission, an attorney who has graduated from an ABA approved law school may be admitted on motion in the following situations:

1) score at least 145 on the MBE within 24 months prior that resulted in admission to another bar;

2) score at least 260 on the UBE in another jurisdiction within the prior 36 months; or

3) practiced law for at least 5 of the previous 7 years immediately prior to application for admission.


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