District of Columbia Bar Exam (UBE) details

A typical District of Columbia Bar Exam is a 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)

District of Columbia Bar exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with the D.C Committee on Admissions.

Please also reference the NCBE Covid-19 updates page for NCBE updates and individual jurisdiction announcements.

Day 1

  • Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test questions (MPT in the AM)
  • Six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam questions (MEE 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 75 on the MPRE is required for admission.

Click here to learn more about the MPRE.

The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE, with the MBE weighted 50%, the MEE 30%, and the MPT 20%.

A total scaled score of 266 or higher is required to pass.

Acceptance of MBE or D.C. Bar Exam Score

An applicant who received an MBE scaled score of 133 or higher on a prior MBE (taken within 25 months of the present exam) may waive in the MBE score and take only the essay exam. An essay score of 133 will then be required to pass the D.C. exam.

An applicant who received a scaled essay score of 133 or higher on a prior D.C. Bar Exam (taken within 25 months of the present exam) may waive in the essay score and take only the MBE. A scaled MBE score of 133 will then be required to pass the D.C. exam.

Admission on Motion

A member in good standing of another U.S. state or territory may be admitted without exam if the applicant has engaged in the active practice of law for at least five years immediately preceding application.

An applicant may also be admitted without exam if the applicant received a scaled MBE score of at least 133 on an exam upon which applicant was admitted in another jurisdiction, achieved a scaled score of 75 or better on the MPRE, and has a J.D. or LL.B. from an ABA-accredited law school.

Additional requirements apply.

Admission by UBE Score Transfer 

Applicants who have obtained a scaled score of at least 266 on a Uniform Bar Exam taken in another jurisdiction within the preceding five years may apply for admission based on that score.

Additional requirements apply.

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