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South Dakota Bar Exam


Format, Content, & Grading of the South Dakota Bar Exam



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

The South Dakota Bar Exam is a two-day exam -- Tuesday and Wednesday -- with the essays and performance questions on Tuesday and the multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam on Wednesday.

First Day (Tuesday):  
Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions
For details on the MPT, click here.

Six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions
For details on the MEE, 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.

The South Dakota Board of Board Examiners MAY accept an MBE scaled score of at least 130, if the MBE was taken within 25 months prior to the next scheduled South Dakota exam and if the applicant passed the bar exam in the other jurisdiction.

For further details on the MBE, click here.

Subjects Tested on the South Dakota Bar Exam:

MBE Subjects
Constitutional Law
Criminal Law/Procedure
Real Property

Commercial Paper
Conflict of Laws
Family Law
Federal Civil Procedure
Secured Transactions
Wills, Trusts & Future Interests

Grading of the South Dakota Bar Exam:

South Dakota averages your scores on the Essay and MBE days.

South Dakota generally releases the results in six-to-eight weeks after the bar exam.

*MPRE -- South Dakota requires a scaled score of 75 on the MPRE, and accepts a previous MPRE score if taken within 25 months by an Applicant "admitted in that jurisdiction."

South Dakota Bar Exam Details

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

South Dakota does NOT permit admission on motion.  

You must take and pass the South Dakota bar exam to practice in South Dakota. 

For further information, contact:

Board of Bar Examiners
State Capitol
500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
Telephone: 605-773-4898

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

Filing deadlines and fees are subject to frequent change.  Contact the South Dakota Board of Bar Examiners to learn the rules in effect at the time of your application.

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