New Mexico Bar Exam

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New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners

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

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




The New Mexico Bar Exam is a 2 day exam.

Day 1: Six essay questions and two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions.

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

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.


The New Mexico 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


Application forms and applicable fees must be filed no later than September 10th for the February exam and January 10th for the July exam.

Exam fee for applicants who have graduated from law school within 12 months of filing and who have not practiced in another jurisdiction: $450

All other applicants: $800

Late filing fee: See "Rules" at


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 essay and MPT are combined and weighted 50% and the MBE is weighted 50% in order to determine if applicant has achieved a passing score of an average scaled score of 130. Results are generally released in late April for February exam and late September for July exam.


Admission on Motion
Examination required of all applicants.

Acceptance of MBE Score
New Mexico will accept an MBE score from a concurrent exam taken in another jurisdiction provided the sending jurisdiction agrees to forward your MBE score to New Mexico upon receipt of the score from the ACT so that your NM results are not delayed. The Board does not accept a score from a previously administered exam, regardless of the score achieved.

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