Washington Bar Exam

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Washington Board of Law Examiners

Washington State Bar Association
Admissions Office
1325 4th Ave. Ste. 600
Seattle, WA 98101-2539

Phone: (206) 727-8209
Fax: (206) 727-8313

Email: admissions@wsba.org

Website: www.wsba.org


Washington administers the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), which is a 2-day exam.

Day 1: Written portion of the exam

AM: 6 Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions (30 minutes each)

PM: 2 Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions (90 minutes each)

Day 2: Full-day Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), consisting of 200 multiple-choice questions

AM: Morning MBE session (100 questions)

PM: Afternoon MBE session (100 questions)


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.


The Washington 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


Applications must be received by October 5 for the February exam and March 5 for the July exam. Late applications are permitted with additional fees until November 5 for the February exam and April 5 for the July exam.

Bar Exam Fee
General Applicants (non-Attorneys): $585
Attorney Applicants: $620


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.


Passing Grade
A 100-point scale for assigning raw scores is used on all essay questions. The 100-point raw essay scores are then converted to a 200-point scaled essay score using the Multistate Bar Examination score. The MBE is weighted 50%, the MEE is weighted 30%, and the MPT is weighed 20%.

Examination results are generally not known until approximately 10 to 12 weeks after the bar examination. Generally, results for the Summer examination are released in mid- October, and for the Winter examination, in the beginning of May. A letter advising you of the results of the examination will be mailed to you at the last address that you have provided to the WSBA. Forty-eight (48) hours after the letters are mailed, the pass list will be released to the press, posted in the Bar Office, and posted on the general bar examination page of the WSBA website.


Admission on Motion
Under Rule 18 of the Admission to Practice Rules (APR), lawyers licensed to practice law in other states or territories of the United States or the District of Columbia may be admitted to practice law in Washington under procedures and conditions that are substantially similar to the procedures and conditions under which the other licensing state or territory allows the admission of licensed Washington lawyers to their state or territory.

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