Idaho Bar Exam

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Idaho State Bar

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 895
Boise, ID 83701

Street Address
525 W. Jefferson Street
Boise, ID 83702

Telephone: (208) 334-4500
Fax Numbers: (208) 334-4515 or (208) 334-2764
Website: www.isb.idaho.gov

Office hours are 8:00 – 5:00 MT, Monday through Friday; closed on state holidays.


BAR EXAM DATES

The Idaho Bar Exam is administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July.

Winter 2016: February 23 - 24
Boise, Idaho – Boise Centre – 850 West Front Street

Summer 2016: July 26 - 27
Boise, Idaho – Concordia University School of Law – 501 West Front Street
Moscow, Idaho – University of Idaho – College of Law


BAR EXAM FORMAT

The Idaho Bar Exam is a 2 day exam (50% Written, 50% MBE).

Day 1:  consists of 6 MEE essays (30 minutes each) in the morning, and 2 MPT (90 minutes each) in the afternoon.
Day 2:  consists of the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200 question multiple choice exam.


SUBJECTS TESTED

MBE Subjects: 

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts

UBE Subjects:

  • Agency
  • Commercial Paper
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Corporations
  • Family Law
  • Federal Jurisdiction and Procedure
  • Partnerships
  • Secured Transactions
  • Trusts
  • Wills

Multistate Performance Test: 

“Closed universe” practical problem using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.


MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam)

A scaled score of 85 is required prior to or within two administrations after the bar exam.


FILING FEES AND DEADLINES

Application must be filed by October 1 for February exam and March 1 for July exam. Late applications permitted with additional fees until November 15 for February exam and April 15 for July exam.

Bar Exam Fees
Application Fee for General Applicants (non-Attorneys): $500
Application Fee for Attorney Applicants: $690


GRADING AND RESULTS

The MEE is weighted 30% of the total exam score and the MPT is weighted 20% of the total exam score. The MBE is weighted 50% of the total exam score. The scores from the MEE will be combined with those from the MPT, scaled to the MBE, and then combined with the MBE score. Successful applicants must receive a total scaled score of 280 or higher. Results are released in April for the February exam and September for the July exam.


RECIPROCITY

Admission on Motion: An applicant who has taken and passed a written bar exam in a reciprocal jurisdiction may be eligible for admission on motion if the applicant has been substantially engaged in the active practice of law no less than 3 of the 5 years immediately preceding the application. For complete details, please contact the Idaho State Bar.

Admission by Transfer of UBE Score: An applicant who has earned a UBE score of 280 or greater in another jurisdiction may be eligible for admission to Idaho by transfer of UBE score if the UBE was taken within the last 37 months. For complete details, please contact the Idaho State Bar.

Acceptance of MBE Score: An applicant may transfer a previous MBE scaled score from another jurisdiction if it was taken within 37 months prior to the date of the Idaho Bar Examination for which the applicant is applying. Idaho recommends that only MBE scaled scores of 140 or higher be transferred. For complete details, please contact the Idaho State Bar.


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