Washington Bar Exam Information

The next Washington Bar Exam is scheduled to take place on July 28-29, 2020. An additional exam may be held sometime in September 2020.

The two-day exam follows the UBE format and includes essays and multiple-choice questions.


Exam Dates:

July 28-29, 2020*

An additional exam may be held in September.

Exam Type:Two-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) with multiple choice and long-form questions
Location:Tacoma, WA
Application Fee:$585 / $620
On-Motion Application Fee:$620
Filing Deadline:March 5, 2020
Late Filing Deadline:April 5, 2020
Late Fee:$300

When is the 2020 Washington Bar Exam?

The Washington Bar Exam takes place on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July.

The July 28-29, 2020 exam is currently scheduled to go ahead, although it may run with limited seating or be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Washington State Bar Association is authorized to hold an additional exam in September, although this is not yet confirmed.

See the WSBA website for updated information.

Applications openTimely Filing DeadlineLate Filing Deadline ($300 late fee)
February ExamSeptember 1
(year prior)
October 5November 5
July ExamFebruary 1
(year prior)
March 5April 5
September Exam (2020 only)TBATBATBA

Where is the Washington Bar Exam Located?

The July 2020 Washington Bar Exam will be held at the Tacoma Convention Center, located at 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402.

A parking garage is available onsite, which charges $12 per four-hour lot. Construction work in the area is delaying traffic, so aim to arrive early.

Bar examinees receive discounted rates from five Tacoma hotels: Hotel Murano (1320 Broadway Plaza), Courtyard Tacoma Downtown Hotel (1515 Commerce Street), Best Western Tacoma Dome (2611 East E Street), Holiday Inn Express & Suites (2102 South C Street), and La Quinta Inn & Suites Tacoma (1425 E 27th St). Applicants should contact the hotel directly and mention the exam to claim the discount.

The Washington State Bar Association may decide to hold the July and/or September exam over multiple sites to comply with social distancing laws. The site of the September exam has yet to be announced. See the WSBA website for more information.

How much does the Washington Bar Exam cost?

General applicants pay a fee of $585 while practicing attorneys pay $620. All foreign and attorney applicants must pay the investigation fee directly to the NCBE. Any applications made within a month after the initial deadline will be subject to a $300 late fee.

Laptops can be used in the exam for a fee of $50 (optional).

Other administrative fees may apply.

Applicants must apply online.

What subjects are tested on the Washington 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 Washington Bar Exam like?

The Washington 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 Washington Bar exam?

Washington requires a minimum scaled MPRE score of 85 to be obtained within 3 years before or 40 months after admission.

How is the Washington 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 score of 270 or higher is required to pass the exam.

When are the Washington Bar scores released?

The results of the Washington Bar Exam are usually released eight to ten weeks after the exam.

Can I transfer my MBE scores from another jurisdiction?

Washington does not permit the transfer of MBE scores.

What is the Washington Reciprocity Agreement like?

Washington allows admission on motion from reciprocal states under similar conditions. Applicants must complete the admission process within 12 months of filing the application.

How can I contact the Washington State Bar?

Washington State Bar Association

Admissions Office
1325 4th Ave. Ste. 600
Seattle, WA 98101-2539
Phone: (206) 727-8209
Admissions: 206-727-8209
Fax: (206) 727-8313
Email: admissions@wsba.org
Website: www.wsba.org

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