Nevada Bar Exam
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State Bar of Nevada
BAR EXAM FORMAT
The Nevada Bar Exam is a 2 1/2-day exam.
Day 1: Four essay questions (one hour each) and one 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) question
Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200 question, multiple-choice exam.
Day 3: Four essay questions (one hour each)
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law/Procedure
- Real Property
Nevada Essay Subjects:
- Commercial Paper
- Community Property
- Conflict of Laws
- Nevada & Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
- Persons & Domestic Relations
- Secured Transactions
- Estates & Trusts
- plus all MBE subjects
Multistate Performance Test:
“Closed universe” practical problem using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.
BAR EXAM DATES
The Nevada Bar Exam is administered on the last Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in February and July.
2014 Winter: February 25, 26, and 27 (with mandatory registration on February 24)
2014 Summer: July 29, 30, and 31 (with mandatory registration on July 28)
FILING FEES AND DEADLINES
Applications must be submitted by October 1 for the February exam and March 1 for the July exam.
Late applications are permitted with additional fees until December 1 for the February exam and May 1 for the July exam.
BAR EXAM FILING ADVICE
Take Appropriate Steps To Ensure Timely Delivery: Your application is one of thousands that will be sent to the same office address. Use Certified Mail with Return Receipt Requested or other appropriate verifiable means (e.g., FedEx, UPS) when sending all correspondence to the bar examiners so that you have proof regarding when your application was postmarked, when it arrived and who received it. Check with the state bar examiner’s office before sending your application regarding what types of delivery they will accept.
Payment: Application fees are generally non-refundable. Verify acceptable forms of payment with your state (i.e., no personal checks). If you apply to take the bar exam, pay all fees and subsequently withdraw, you must contact the Bar Examiners. You may have to submit a new application, a new filing fee and new copies of related documents in order to sit for the exam at a future date.
Employment History: Many states’ bar applications require information regarding your past employment since the age of 18 (i.e., name and address of employer, reason for leaving). Begin compiling a list of employers and their current addresses so that you have this information for your application.
Character References: Many states’ bar applications require a list of persons who can attest to your good character. Begin compiling a list of non-relatives who have known you for at least two (2) years who can vouch for your integrity.
Driver Abstracts: Some bar applications require you to produce a Driver’s Abstract from all states in which you were licenced to drive. Contact the Division of Motor Vehicles in each state and request the most complete abstract of your driving record that is available.
Fingerprints: In some states you must submit your fingerprints on a special card with your exam application. Have your fingerprints rolled by a professional law enforcement officer onto the forms provided by the bar examiners.
GRADING AND RESULTS
The MBE is weighted 1/3, and the essays are weighted 2/3. The scores are combined to determine if an overall passing total scaled score of 75 was achieved. An applicant must have a converted score of 75 or higher on at least three written questions. Results are released in early May for the February exam and in early October for the July exam.
Nevada Bar Exam MBE Reciprocity
Nevada does not accept MBE scores from other jurisdictions.
Nevada Bar Exam Reciprocity
Nevada does not provide for admission on motion; examination is required of all applicants.
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