Pennsylvania Bar Exam (UBE) details

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

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

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

Day 1

  • Six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam questions and two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test questions. 

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 question 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 Board of Law Examiners does not intend to change the passing score of 272 required for the bar exam once the UBE is adopted in July 2022.

Generally, for UBE jurisdictions, MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE, with the MBE weighted 50%, the MEE 30% and the MPT 20%. The scores are combined to determine if the applicant has achieved a passing score.

Acceptance of MBE Score

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

Admission on Motion

A member in good standing of a reciprocating jurisdiction may be admitted on motion in Pennsylvania if the applicant has engaged in the active practice of law for five of the seven years preceding application. Additional requirements apply.

Admission by UBE Score Transfer

An amendment to the Pennsylvania Bar Admission Rules has been proposed which would allow admission by UBE score transfer. If adopted, it would allow admission to the bar for applicants who have earned a passing UBE score from other jurisdictions no more than 30 months preceding application.

Additional requirements will apply. If the amendment is adopted, the Board anticipates accepting applications the week after the July 2022 bar exam.

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