Missouri Bar Exam

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Missouri Board of Law Examiners

1700 Jefferson Street
Jefferson City, MO 65110
Telephone: (573) 751-9814
Fax (573) 751-5335

Website: www.mble.org


The Missouri Bar Exam is a 2-day exam.

Day 1: Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions and a six-question Multistate Essay Exam (MEE).

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


MBE Subjects: 

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

MEE/Missouri Essay Subjects:

  • Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies)
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents’ Estates; Trusts and Future Interests)
  • Uniform Commercial Code (Negotiable Instruments (Commercial Paper); Secured Transactions)

Multistate Performance Test: 

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


The Missouri 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


Missouri does not have a mandatory law student registration. Law students may, however, seek an early character and fitness determination by filing the Application for Character and Fitness Report during first or second year, but prior to last year, of law school. Otherwise, the Application for Character and Fitness Report and Application for Bar Examination must be filed concurrently. Bar exam application must be filed by October 1 for February exam and by March 1 for July exam.

Late filing with additional fee allowed until December 31 and May 31 respectively. Depending on postmark date, fees for an early character and fitness determination range and for applying to take the bar exam range from $485 to $1470.

Visit www.mble.org for current fee schedule.


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.


A total weighted scaled score of 260 our of 400 is required. The MBE is weighted 50%, MEE scores are weighted 30%;and MPT scores are weighted 20%. Results released as set by the Court.


Admission on Motion
Admission without exam possible if applicant has practiced 5 of last 10 years in a jurisdiction admitting Missouri attorneys without exam. Applicant must be a graduate of an ABA accredited law school.

Acceptance of MBE Score
Applicant may transfer any MBE scaled score from another jurisdiction provided: the applicant has not previously failed the Missouri bar exam; the transferred MBE score was attained within the 19 months preceding the Missouri exam; applicant passed the entire bar in one administration in the transferring jurisdiction; and applicant has been admitted and is licensed to practice law in the transferring jurisdiction. Acceptance of MBE score does not create a Uniform Bar Exam score for future licensing in other Uniform Bar Exam states.

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