Colorado Bar Exam (UBE) details

A typical Colorado Bar Exam is a 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)

Colorado Bar Exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Admissions.

You may also reference the NCBE July 2020 bar exam jurisdiction information page.

Day 1

  • Six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam questions (MEE in the AM)
  • Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test questions (MPT in the PM)

Day 2

  • Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM)

MBE

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

MEE

  • Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations; and Limited Liability Companies)
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests)
  • Article 9 (Secured Transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Plus all MBE subjects

MPT

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

MPRE

  • A scaled score of 85 on the MPRE is required for admission to the bar. The MPRE score will be valid if it was achieved at an examination taken not more than two years prior to the date an application for admission is filed.

Click here to learn more about the MPRE.

The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE.

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

A total scaled score of 276 is required to pass.

Acceptance of MBE Score

Colorado does not accept an MBE score from an exam taken in another jurisdiction.

Admission on Motion

A member in good standing of a reciprocating state may be admitted on motion if applicant has engaged in active practice of law for three of five years preceding application and is a graduate of an ABA accredited law school. Additional requirements may apply.

Admission by UBE

Applicants who have obtained a scaled score of at least 276 on a UBE exam taken in another jurisdiction within the past three years may be admitted to the bar by UBE Score Transfer.  Passing UBE scores earned more than three years, but less than five years before the date of application may qualify for admission if they have been actively engaged in the practice of law for at least two years immediately preceding the application. Additional requirements may apply.

For complete details, contact the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Admissions.

Professionalism course

Colorado requires exam applicants to take a six-hour "Practicing with Professionalism" course prior to admission to the bar. On-Motion and UBE Score transfer applicants must complete the course on professionalism within six months following admission.

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