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.
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law/Procedure
- Federal Civil Procedure
- Real Property
Indiana Essay Subjects:
- Administrative Law
- Commercial Paper
- Indiana Constitutional Law
- Family Law
- Personal Property
- Pleading and Practice
- Taxation (Federal and State)
- Trusts & Estates
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.
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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