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Idaho Bar Exam


Format, Content, & Grading of the Idaho Bar Exam




All data provided below are subject to change by a decision at any time by the Idaho bar examiners.  When any changes are made, they will be posted on this site.

The Idaho Bar Exam is a 2-1/2-day exam -- Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday  -- with the essays and performance questions on Monday and Tuesday and the multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam on Wednesday.

First Day (Monday) afternoon session: 
Three hours 
Four Idaho Essay Questions

Second Day (Tuesday) morning session:  
Three hours  
Six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) Questions
For details on the MEE, click here.

Second Day (Tuesday) afternoon session: 
Three hours 
Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions
For details on the MPT, click here.

Third Day (Wednesday) morning session: 
Three hours 
Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
100 Multiple-Choice questions.

Third Day (Wednesday) afternoon session: 
Three hours
Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) 
100 Multiple-Choice questions.

You may transfer a previous MBE scaled score from another jurisdiction if taken within 25 months of the date of the current exam. The Idaho Board recommends that your transferred score be at least a scaled score of 140.

For further details on the MBE, click here.

Subjects Tested on the Idaho Bar Exam:

MBE Subjects
Constitutional Law
Criminal Law/Procedure
Real Property

MEE Subjects
Civil Procedure
Commercial Paper
Conflict of Laws
Family Law
Secured Transactions
Trusts & Future Interests

Additional Idaho Essay Subjects
Community Property
Equitable Remedies
Water Law
Plus the six MBE subjects

Grading of the Idaho Bar Exam:

Your score on the MBE counts for 1/3 of your total score.  
Your performance on the essay questions and performance tests counts for 2/3 of your total score. 
Idaho requires an overall performance of 70% to pass.

Idaho generally releases the results of the Summer exam in early September and the results of the Winter exam in early April.

Idaho Bar Exam Details

Admission on Motion 
(i.e., without having to sit for the bar exam)

Attorneys licensed in Washington State or in Oregon may be eligible for admission to Idaho on motion. 

All other applicants must take the Idaho Bar Exam. 

Attorneys who have actively practiced law in five of  the seven years preceding their Idaho application are not required to take the MBE portion of the Idaho Bar Exam.


For further information, contact:

Idaho State Bar
P.O. Box 895
Boise, ID 83701
Telephone: 208-334-4500

Exam Dates:

Winter 2007
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 
February 26, 27, 28, 2007

Summer 2007
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 
July 23, 24, 25, 2007

Filing Deadlines and Fees

Filing deadlines and fees are subject to change.  Contact the Idaho State Bar to learn the rules in effect at the time of your application.

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