North Dakota Bar Exam (UBE) details
A typical North Dakota Bar Exam is a 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)
North Dakota Bar Exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with the North Dakota State Board of Law Examiners.
Please also reference the NCBE Covid-19 updates page for NCBE updates and individual jurisdiction announcements.
- Six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam questions (MEE in the AM)
- Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test questions (MPT in the PM)
- Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM)
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law/Procedure
- Federal Civil Procedure
- Real Property
- 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
- “Closed universe” practical questions using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.
- A scaled score of 85 is required for admission to the bar. Passing score must be achieved no more than five years prior to or two years after receipt of application for admission.
The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE.
- MBE weighted 50%
- MEE weighted 30%
- MPT weighted 20%
A total scaled score of 260 or higher is required to pass the North Dakota Bar Exam.
Acceptance of MBE Score
Applicants may be eligible to apply for admission based on an MBE scaled score of at least 150 if taken as a part of and at the same time as the essay or other written bar examination given by another jurisdiction that did not use the UBE on the date of the applicant's examination. Also, having been admitted to the bar of the jurisdiction in which the MBE examination was written. Scores are accepted for up to two years from the original administration. Additional requirements apply.
North Dakota does not accept transferred MBE scores from an exam taken in another jurisdiction in order to sit for only the essay portion of the exam.
Admission on Motion
A member in good standing of another U.S. state or territory may be admitted on motion in North Dakota if the applicant has engaged in the active practice of law for four of the five years preceding application. Additional requirements apply.
Admission by UBE Score Transfer
Applicants who have obtained a scaled score of at least 260 on a Uniform Bar Exam taken in another jurisdiction within the preceding two years may apply for admission based on that score. Additional requirements apply.
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