Colorado Bar Exam

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Colorado Board of Law Examiners

Colorado Supreme Court Board of Law Examiners
1560 Broadway, Suite 1820
Denver, CO 80202

Telephone:(303) 928-7770


The Colorado bar exam is a two-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).

2016 Winter:  February 23 and 24

2016 Summer: July 26 and 27


Day 1:

AM: 6 Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) essay questions (30 minutes each).
PM: 2 Multistate Performance Tests (MPT), 90 minutes each.

Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam.


MBE Subjects: 

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

MEE Essay Subjects:

  • Business Associations (Agency and Partnership, Corporations and Limited Liability Companies)
  • Civil Procedure
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (Article 2, Revised Article 1 of the UCC)
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates, Trusts and Future Interests)
  • UCC (Secured Transactions)

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 on the MPRE is required for admission, taken within two years prior to filing application for admission in Colorado.


Application forms and applicable fees must be filed by November 1, 2015 for the February 2016 exam and April 1 for the July 2016 exam. Late applications are accepted through December 1 for the February 2016 exam and May 1 for the July 2016 exam. A late fee will apply to late applications.

Application fee: $710.
On-Motion application fee: $1,800.
UBE transfer application fee: $810.
Late fee penalty: $200.


To pass the Colorado bar exam, you must score 276.

Results are generally released in May for the February exam and in October for the July exam.


Admission on Motion:
Admission to practice law without taking the bar based upon admission in a reciprocal jurisdiction and active practice of law for three of five years immediately preceding application to Colorado. On Motion applications may be filed at any time.

Acceptance of MBE Score: Colorado does not accept the transfer of any MBE score from an exam taken in another jursidiction.

UBE Score Transfer:
Admission to practice law based upon a UBE score achieved in another state or territory of the United States or in the District of Columbia within three years preceding application for admission to the bar. UBE scores achieved more than three years but less than five years preceding application may be combined with two years of law practice experience immediately preceding application in order to qualify under this rule. A UBE score must be at least that required to pass the Colorado bar based upon standards of performance set by the Colorado Supreme Court.


Permission may be requested to sit for the exam based on a non-U.S. legal education if that applicant’s law school was an English-speaking common law country, the applicant is admitted in the country from which he/she graduated and applicant has practiced law for five of the preceding seven years. A petition for determination of eligibility must be filed, along with payment of $100.


Colorado requires exam applicants take a course on Professionalism prior to admission to the bar or within six months of admission for On Motion admission.

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