Rhode Island Bar Exam (UBE) details
A typical Rhode Island Bar Exam is a 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)
- Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test questions (MPT in the AM)
- Six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam questions (MEE 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 80 on the MPRE is required for admission before taking the bar exam.
The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE.
- MBE weighted 50%
- MEE weighted 30%
- MPT weighted 20%
A total scaled score of 270 or higher is required to pass the Rhode Island Bar Exam.
Acceptance of MBE Score
Rhode Island does not accept an MBE score from an exam taken in another jurisdiction.
Admission on Motion
Rhode Island does not provide for admission on motion. Attorneys who have engaged in the active practice of law for five of the preceding ten years, and satisfy all other requirements, may apply for admission on examination under Article II, Rule 2(a), and will only be required to sit for the essay portion of the exam. A passing scaled score of 138 or higher on the essay portion is required for admission.
Admission by UBE Score Transfer
Applicants who have obtained a passing score on a Uniform Bar Exam taken in another jurisdiction within the preceding two years may apply for admission based on that score. The passing score required is 276 for exams taken prior to February 2021, and 270 for exams taken February 2021 or later. Additional requirements apply.
Applicants must complete a one-day Bridge the Gap program offered by the Rhode Island Bar for admission. Ten CLE credits, including two Ethics credits, are required commencing the second July 1st after the attorney is admitted. Attorneys admitted for three years or more in another jurisdiction at the time they are admitted to the Rhode Island Bar are exempt from the Bridge the Gap requirement.
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