North Carolina Bar Exam (UBE) details

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

North Carolina Bar Exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners.

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

  • To be admitted, a scaled score of 80 is required on the MPRE within 24 months before, or 12 months after, sitting for the bar exam.

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%

The scores are combined to determine if the applicant has achieved a passing score of 270.

Admission of MBE Score

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

Admission on Motion

An attorney may be admitted without exam from states admitting attorneys from North Carolina without exam. Application must be on file with the board no less than six months prior to consideration of application. Applicant must have actively practiced law four of six years immediately preceding the filing of the application and have passed the MPRE. Admission on motion fee applies. Contact the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners for complete information.

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