New Mexico Bar Exam Information

The New Mexico Bar Exam has been postponed from July 28-29 until September 2020, with an exact date soon to be announced.

The two-day UBE exam will consist of multiple-choice and essay questions and incorporates the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE).

The final application deadline is May 4, 2020.

Exam Dates:Postponed until September 2020. Dates to be announced.
Exam Type:Two-day UBE exam with multiple-choice and long-form questions
Location:Albuquerque, NM
Application Fee:$500 (applicants within one year of law school graduation)

$1,000 (applicants more than one year after law school graduation)

On-Motion Application Fee:N/A
Filing Deadline:January 20, 2020
Late Filing Deadline:April 01, 2020 / May 04, 2020
Late Fee:$200 / $400

When is the 2020 New Mexico Bar Exam?

The 2020 New Mexico Bar Exam has been postponed from its original date of July 28 and 29 until sometime during September. The date has not yet been announced at the time of writing, so visit the New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners website for updated information.

Where is the New Mexico Bar Exam Located?

The New Mexico Bar Exam will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center, located at 401 2nd St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

Parking is available at the Convention Center garage (Martin Luther King Blvd & Broadway) for $6-$10 per vehicle per day. Overflow parking is available at the Civic Plaza garage (Marquette & 3rd St.).

The closest hotel to the convention center is the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Albuquerque, which has rooms from approximately $200 per night.

How much does the New Mexico Bar Exam cost?

All fees and deadlines remain unchanged despite the postponement of the exam.

Applicants who graduated from a law school within 12 months of applying for admission pay a fee of $500. The fee increases to $1,000 for applicants who graduated from law school more than 12 months ago.

Applications received between January 20, 2020, and April 1, 2020, will incur an additional late fee of $200. Applications received between April 2, 2020, and May 4, 2020, will incur an additional late fee of $400. No applications will be accepted from May 5, 2020.

See the New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners website for full details on the application requirements.

What subjects are tested on the New Mexico Bar Exam?

MBE Subjects:

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

New Mexico Essay Subjects:

  • Administrative Law
  • Business Associations (Agency & Partnerships; Corporations)
  • New Mexico Community Property
  • Equity
  • Family Law
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Indian Law
  • Secured Transactions
  • Trusts
  • Wills & Estates
  • Plus all MBE subjects

Multistate Performance Test:

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

What is the format of the New Mexico Bar Exam like?

The New Mexico Bar Exam follows a two-day UBE format:

Day 1:

Morning: six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions

Afternoon: two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions

Day 2:

Morning: one hundred multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

Afternoon: one hundred multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

What is the minimum MPRE score needed to take the New Mexico Bar exam?

New Mexico requires a minimum scaled MPRE score of 80 for admission.

How is the New Mexico Bar Exam Graded?

The New Mexico Bar Exam is weighted as follows:

  • MEE = 30%
  • MPT = 20%
  • MBE = 50%

These scores are combined, and the applicant must receive an average scaled score of 260 to pass the exam.

When are the New Mexico Bar scores released?

Because the July 2020 exam has been postponed and a new date has not been set, the exact dates the results will be released is currently unknown. However, New Mexico usually releases bar exam results approximately two months after the exam.

Can I transfer my MBE scores from another jurisdiction?

New Mexico will accept MBE scores from a concurrent exam in a foreign jurisdiction if that jurisdiction agrees to forward the scores to New Mexico upon receipt to ensure the results are not delayed.

New Mexico will not accept MBE scores from a previous exam.

What is the New Mexico Reciprocity Agreement like?

New Mexico does not permit admission on motion, so all applicants must sit the exam.

How can I contact the New Mexico State Bar?

Board of Bar Examiners
9420 Indian School Road, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87112

Telephone: (505) 271-9706
Fax: (505) 271-9768

Email: info@nmexam.org
Website: http://www.nmexam.org/

Useful Links

The New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners has compiled a list of useful resources for minority groups