Maine Bar Exam

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Maine Board of Bar Examiners

P.O. Box 140
Augusta, ME 04332-0140
Telephone: (207) 623-2464



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

2016 Winter:  February 23 and 26

2016 Summer: July 26 and 27


The Maine Bar Exam is a 2 day exam.

Day 1: Morning session with four 45 minute essay questions; afternoon session with two 45 minute essay questions and one 90 minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) question.

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

Maine Essay Subjects:

  • Agency
  • Commercial Paper
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Corporations
  • Creditors’ Rights
  • Equity
  • Family Law
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • ME Code of Professional Responsibility
  • ME Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure
  • ME Rules of Evidence
  • Partnerships
  • Secured Transactions
  • Trusts & Wills
  • plus all MBE subjects

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 on the MPRE is required for admission.


Application must be filed by 5 p.m. December 22 for the February exam and by 5 p.m. May 20 for the July exam. Applications received seven calendar days after the deadline will be accepted with an additional $150 late fee. Applications received 8-14 days late must include a $300 late fee. Request application in writing or download application.

Exam Fee: $600

Attorney Applicant: $650 plus NCBE fees

Reciprocal Admission: $900 plus NCBE fees


The score is comprised of 4/11 (36%) from the MBE score and 7/11 (64%) from the converted score from Day 1.

A passing score is a scaled score of 138. Results are released within 75 days after the exam.


Modified Bar Examinations
An applicant who (i) has been admitted by examination to practice in one or more jurisdiction and has been in the active practice of law for at least 3 of the preceding 5 years or (ii) has taken the MBE within the 61 months prior to the current exam, may elect to take only the first day of the examination (see Rule 10 (e)(1) of the Maine Bar Admission Rules). An applicant qualified under either (i) or (ii) and who has achieved a useable MBE scaled score may be admitted on the basis of a further modified written examination (see Rule 10 (e)(2)). New Hampshire and Vermont attorneys should see Maine Bar Admission Rules for requirments.

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