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Format, Content, & Grading of the Missouri Bar Exam

 



All data provided below are subject to change by a decision at any time by the Missouri Board of Law Examiners.  When any changes are made, they will be posted on this site.

The Missouri Bar Exam is a two-day exam -- Tuesday and Wednesday -- with the essays and performance questions on Tuesday and the MBE on Wednesday.

First Day (Tuesday):  

10 Essay Questions 
(the MEE and questions drafted by the Missouri bar examiners)
For details on the MEE, click here.

One 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

For details on the MPT, click here.


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

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

For further details on the MBE, click here.

MBE Reciprocity

You may use an MBE scaled score taken in another jurisdiction.



Subjects Tested on the Missouri Local Portion:

Administrative Law
Agency & Partnerships
Commercial Paper
Conflict of Laws
Corporations & Limited Liability Companies
Equity (Remedies)
Family Law
Federal Civil Procedure
Missouri Civil Procedure
Sales
Secured Transactions
Trusts & Future Interests
Wills (Decedents' Estates)


Grading of the Missouri Bar Exam:

The local essay portion is weighted 60 per cent.

The MBE is weighted 40 per cent.

The two scores are combined, with a minimum of 1,200 on a 2,000-point scale required to pass.

MPRE

You must receive a scaled score of 80 on the MPRE.


Missouri Bar Exam Details


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


1. You must be a graduate of an ABA-accredited law school.

2. You must be admitted to the bar of another jurisdiction and must have practiced law for at least five of the prior 10 years.

3. The other jurisdiction must have a similar policy by which Missouri attorneys can be admitted without taking that jurisdiction's bar exam.

For further information, contact:

Board of Law Examiners
407 Jefferson Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Telephone: 573-751-9814
Fax: 573-751-5335 or 573-751-6224

Email: mble@ocsa.state.mo.us

 


Exam Dates:

Winter 2007
Tuesday and Wednesday, 
February 27 and 28, 2007

Summer 2007

Tuesday and  Wednesday, 
July 24 and 25, 2007


Filing Deadlines and Fees


For details, click here.

Filing deadlines and fees are subject to change.  Contact the Missouri law examiners to learn the rules in effect at the time of your application.

 

July 2003 Missouri Bar Exam
      Pass/Fail Percentages

 

# Sat

# Pass

% Pass

# Fail

% Fail

1st Time

699

581

83.12%

118

16.88%

2nd Time

52

22

42.31%

30

57.69%

3rd Time

39

18

46.15%

21

53.85%

4th+ Time

31

10

32.26%

21

67.74%

Total

821

631

76.86%

190

23.14%


Mean Raw Scores Per Essay

 

Essay 1

Essay 2

Essay 3

Essay 4

Essay 5

Essay 6

Essay 7

Essay 8

Essay 9

Essay 10

MPT

1st 

3.49

2.86

3.85

2.87

2.51

3.37

3.00

3.30

3.69

3.44

5.44

2nd

2.21

1.98

3.25

2.35

2.05

2.60

2.51

2.68

3.36

2.78

4.67

3rd

2.87

2.36

2.87

2.78

1.94

3.12

2.65

2.99

2.91

2.82

4.75

4th+

2.06

1.92

2.42

2.34

1.86

2.65

2.02

2.47

3.02

2.65

4.52

All

3.33

2.75

3.71

2.82

2.43

3.29

2.92

3.22

3.61

3.34

5.33

The highest possible raw score is 6 for each essay and 9 for the MPT.

Essay 1 - Trust
Essay 2 - Estates
Essay 3 - Missouri Civil Procedure
Essay 4 - Remedies
Essay 5 - Corporations
Essay 6 - Commercial Paper
Essay 7 - Federal Civil Procedure
Essay 8 - Agency & Partnership
Essay 9 - Family Law
Essay 10 - Secured Transactions

MBE Mean Raw Score by Subject

 

Con Law

Contracts

Criminal Law/Proc

Evidence

Property

Torts

1st 

23.26

22.49

19.71

20.25

20.19

23.84

2nd

20.83

19.54

17.46

17.51

17.29

20.95

3rd

21.41

20.77

17.59

17.62

16.74

21.74

4th+

20.32

19.84

16.00

16.48

16.74

21.61

All

22.91

22.13

19.33

19.82

19.72

23.48

The highest possible score for each subject is: 
Constitutional Law - 33; Contracts - 34; Criminal Law & Procedure - 33; Evidence - 33; Property - 33; Torts - 34.

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July 2002 Missouri Bar Exam
      Pass/Fail Percentages

 

# Sat

# Pass

% Pass

# Fail

% Fail

Ave. MBE

1st Time

689

569

82.58%

120

17.42%

143

2nd Time

51

22

43.14%

29

56.86%

128

3rd Time

32

13

40.63%

19

59.38%

128

4th+ Time

20

3

15.00%

17

85.00%

120

Total

792

607

76.64%

185

23.36%

141


Mean Raw Scores Per Essay

 

Essay 1

Essay 2

Essay 3

Essay 4

Essay 5

Essay 6

Essay 7

Essay 8

Essay 9

Essay 10

MPT

1st 

3.47

3.18

3.43

3.89

3.54

3.87

2.99

2.36

4.08

4.03

5.51

2nd

2.94

2.20

2.98

2.91

2.96

3.16

2.54

2.03

3.66

3.57

5.06

3rd

2.59

2.41

2.87

3.14

2.98

3.31

2.74

1.82

3.68

3.06

4.75

4th+

2.80

2.45

2.55

2.91

2.97

2.55

2.26

2.05

3.88

2.90

4.62

All

3.39

3.08

3.36

3.78

3.48

3.78

2.93

2.31

4.03

3.94

5.43

The highest possible raw score is 6 for each essay and 9 for the MPT.

Essay 1 - Administrative Law
Essay 2 - Remedies
Essay 3 - Missouri Civil Procedure
Essay 4 - Trusts & Future Interests
Essay 5 - Secured Transactions
Essay 6 - Decedents' Estates
Essay 7 - Federal Civil Procedure
Essay 8 - Commercial Paper
Essay 9 - Family Law
Essay 10 - Agency & Partnership

MBE Mean Raw Score by Subject

 

Con Law

Contracts

Criminal Law/Proc

Evidence

Property

Torts

1st 

24.72

22.96

19.91

20.63

21.93

22.67

2nd

21.69

19.41

17.69

16.77

18.08

20.77

3rd

22.00

19.97

18.09

16.66

18.44

20.22

4th+

21.42

18.53

17.11

17.05

17.74

21.42

All

24.35

22.52

19.64

20.16

21.46

22.43

The highest possible score for each subject is: 
Constitutional Law - 33; Contracts - 34; Criminal Law & Procedure - 33; Evidence - 33; Property - 33; Torts - 34.

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All chart data provided by the Missouri Board of Law Examiners.


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