Indiana Bar Exam

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Indiana Board of Law Examiners

State Board of Law Examiners
Indiana State Board of Law Examiners
30 South Meridian Street, Suite 875
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Telephone: (317) 232-2552


BAR EXAM DATES

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

2016 Winter:  February 23 and 24

2016 Summer: July 26 and 27


BAR EXAM FORMAT

The Indiana Bar Exam is a 2-day exam.

Day 1: Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions and a 4-hour essay exam consisting of six questions, which will not necessarily be limited to one subject matter.

Day 2: 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

Indiana Essay Subjects:

  • Administrative Law
  • Agency
  • Commercial Paper
  • Indiana Constitutional Law
  • Corporations
  • Family Law
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Property
  • Pleading and Practice
  • Taxation (Federal and State)
  • Trusts & Estates
  • 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 80 within two years before or after passing the Indiana Bar Exam is required for admission.


FILING FEES AND DEADLINES

Bar exam applications and fee of $250 must be postmarked by November 15 for the February exam and April 1 for the July exam ($250 fee). Late applications and fee of $500 will be accepted and must be postmarked by November 30 for the February exam and April 15 for the July exam.

Please note: the Indiana Board of Law Examiners will not accept applications for the February exam before October 1 or March 1 for the July bar exam.


GRADING AND RESULTS

The three tests (MPT, Indiana Essay Exam and MBE) will be weighted as follows: MPT 20%, Indiana Essay Exam 30%, MBE 50%. The passing score will be a combined scaled score of 264. Results are generally released 75 days after the bar exam.


RECIPROCITY

Admission on Motion: May be admitted without exam. Conditional one-year licenses granted to applicants who have actively engaged in the practice of law 5 of 7 years immediately preceding application and intend to practice predominately in Indiana. After fifth consecutive renewal, admission becomes permanent.

Acceptance of MBE Score: Applicant may transfer an MBE score from a concurrent exam only.


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