Utah Bar Exam Information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no bar exam will be administered in Utah in July 2020. Utah may decide to administer a replacement bar exam later in the year if it is appropriate to do so.

Utah has announced an emergency decree allowing all qualified candidates automatic emergency admission to the Utah State Bar


Exam Dates:

The July 2020 Utah bar exam has been canceled. Utah may announce a new bar exam later in the year.
Exam Type:Two-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) with multiple choice and long-form questions
Location:Salt Lake City and Sandy, UT
Application Fee:$550 / $850
On-Motion Application Fee:$850
Filing Deadline:March 1, 2020
Late Filing Deadline:March 15, 2020 / April 1, 2020
Late Fee:$100 / $300

When is the 2020 Utah Bar Exam?

The Utah Bar Exam usually takes place on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July, although the July 2020 exam has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Utah may decide to administer a replacement bar exam later in the year. See the Utah State Bar website for updated information.

Utah has announced an emergency order allowing all qualified candidates to obtain automatic admission in light of the canceled exam. Qualified candidates must have graduated from an ABA-accredited law school, have not sat for a bar exam in another state or territory, and have applied for the Utah Bar Exam before April 1, 2020, among other requirements. See the Utah State Bar website for further details.

Where is the Utah Bar Exam Located?

The Utah Bar Exam usually takes place at one of two venues:

  • Utah Law and Justice Center, 645 S. 200 E.,Salt Lake City, UT 84111
  • South Towne Exposition Center, 9575 State St., Sandy, UT 84070 (July exams only)

The Utah State Bar will advise applicants of the exact location of an upcoming exam on its website or via email.

How much does the Utah Bar Exam cost?

First-time and repeat student examinees pay a fee of $550 while first-time and repeat attorney examinees pay a fee of $850.

The filing deadline for the July 2020 exam is March 1, 2020

Late filings are accepted with a fee of $150 for applications received from March 1 to March 15 and $300 for applications received from March 15 to April 1.

For the February 2021 exam, the initial filing deadline is October, 1, the late filing deadline is October 15, and the final filing deadline is November 1, 2020.

Laptops may be used for a fee of $150 (optional).

An NCBE character report and other administrative fees may apply.

The Utah State Bar provides detailed information about the application process on its website.

What subjects are tested on the Utah Bar Exam?

MBE Subjects:

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

Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) Subjects:

  • Agency
  • Commercial Paper
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Corporations
  • Family Law
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Partnerships
  • Secured Transactions
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • 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 Utah Bar Exam like?

The Utah 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) questions
  • Afternoon: one hundred multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) questions

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

Utah requires a minimum scaled MPRE score of 86 to be obtained within two years of admission.

How is the Utah Bar Exam Graded?

The MEE and MPT essay scores are scaled to the MBE multiple-choice questions. The exam is weighted as follows:

  • MBE 50%
  • MPT 20%
  • MEE 30%

Scores from all sections are combined, and a grade of 270 or higher is required to pass the exam.

When are the Utah Bar scores released?

Results of the Utah Bar Exam are usually released two months after the exam.

Can I transfer my MBE scores from another jurisdiction?

Utah will allow the applicant to transfer an MBE scaled score from a concurrent exam only.

What is the Utah Reciprocity Agreement like?

A member in good standing of a reciprocating state bar may be admitted on motion if the applicant has engaged in the active practice of law for 5 of the 7 years preceding the application and is a graduate of an ABA-accredited law school.

How can I contact the Utah State Bar?

Utah State Bar Office Of Admissions

Utah State Bar
Office of Admissions
645 South 200 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84111-3834
Phone: (801) 257-5518
Fax: (801) 531-0660
Email: adm@utahbar.org
Web: www.utahbar.org

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