Minnesota Bar Exam

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Minnesota Board of Law Examiners

180 East 5th Street
Suite 950
St. Paul, MN 55101
Telephone: (651) 297-1800

Website: www.ble.state.mn.us


The Minnesota Bar Exam is a 2-day exam.

Day 1: Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) question and six essay questions.

Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200 question, multiple-choice exam. Testing that the width of the text will wrap correctly on the website.


MBE Subjects: 

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

Minnesota Essay Subjects:

  • Civil Procedure
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Family Law
  • Federal Individual Income Taxation
  • Partnerships
  • Proprietorships & Corporations
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Wills, Estates & Trusts
  • Uniform Commercial Code Arts. 1 and 2
  • plus all MBE subjects

Multistate Performance Test: 

“Closed universe” practical problem using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.


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

2014 Winter:  February 25 and 26

2014 Summer: July 29 and 30


Applications must be filed by October 15th for the February exam, and by March 15th for the July exam. Late applications are accepted with $150 additional fee until December 1st for the February exam and May 1st for the July exam.

Exam fee: $500


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.


The MPT will be weighted 12.5% of the total exam score. The MPT will be combined with scores from the essay questions, scaled to the MBE and combined with the score of the MBE to determine successful applicants. Results are generally released in mid-April for the February exam and early-October for the July exam.


Admission on Motion: An applicant may be admitted on motion if engaged in the practice of law for at least 5 of 7 years preceding admission or if received a scaled score of 145 or above on the MBE within 24 months of application. Applicants must be a graduate of an ABA accredited law school.

Acceptance of MBE Score: An applicant may be admitted on the basis of an MBE scaled score received in the previous two years without further exam, provided that the applicant received a scaled score of 145 or higher on the MBE, was successful on the complete exam and was admitted in that jurisdiction. Applicants are also subject to the MPRE requirement.

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