New Hampshire Bar Exam

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New Hampshire Bar Exam

Office of the Clerk
NH Supreme Court
One Charles Doe Drive
Concord, NH 03301
Telephone: (603) 271-2646



The New Hampshire Bar Exam is a 2 -day exam.

Day 1: Morning session consisting of two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions and afternoon session consisting of the six-question Multistate Essay Exam (MBE).

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/New Hampshire Essay Subjects:

  • Agency
  • Commercial Paper
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Corporations
  • Domestic Relations
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Partnerships
  • Secured Transactions
  • Wills
  • Estates & Trusts
  • 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 New Hampshire 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


February Exam: RECEIVED by Dec. 1. No extensions.

July Exam: RECEIVED by May 1. No extensions.

Exam fee: $700


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.


MBE, MPT and MEE scores are combined in order to determine if applicant has achieved a passing score of 270 on a scale of 400. Results are generally released in late April for February exam and late September for July exam.


Admission on Motion without Examination
Lawyers who have 1) been admitted to practice in one or more jurisdictions. 2) graduated from an ABA approved school, 3) been primarily engaged in the practice of law for 5 of the 7 years preceding the Motion for Admission, and 4) achieved a satisfactory MPRE score may be admitted to the New Hampshire Bar on motion without examination. Check with the Bar Examiners for updates.

VT & ME Attorneys
There are special rules for Admission by Motion by VT & ME Attorneys who have passed the VT/ME bar and are engaged in the active practice in VT/ME for no less than three years prior to the filing of Motion. (See Supreme Court Rule 42). Check with the Bar Examiners for updates.

Acceptance of MBE Score
New Hampshire accepts an MBE score from an exam taken in another jurisdiction, but only for the same test administration.

Completion of practical skills course required within two years of admission

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