Washington Bar Exam (UBE) details

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

Washington Bar Exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with the Washington State Bar Association.

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

  • A passing score of 85 on the MPRE must be acquired no earlier than three years prior to, and no later than 40 months after, the date of the administration of the UBE in which the applicant achieves a passing score.

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.

The Washington Law Component (WLC) minimum pass score is 80% correct.

Admission by Motion

Lawyers admitted to the practice of law in other states or territories of the United States or the District of Columbia are not required to sit for the bar examination if they present satisfactory proof of admission and current good standing, together with proof of active legal experience for at least three of the past five years immediately preceding the filing of the application.

UBE Score Transfer

If you have a UBE score of 270 or higher from another state, and meet the qualification for the lawyer bar examination under APR 3(b), you can transfer your score to Washington for up to 40 months after the date of the administration of the UBE for which the score was earned. A passing MPRE score must be acquired three years before or no later than 40 months after the applicant achieves a passing score on the UBE. You must have sat for the full UBE. Washington only accepts official UBE score transcripts in their entirety. They do not accept score transfers for the individual test components, nor do they allow applicants to register for select parts of the exam.

All applicants for admission as a lawyer must pass the Washington Law Component (WLC). The WLC is comprised of online materials and an online multiple-choice test based on areas or subjects of law that are specific to Washington State. The Board of Bar Examiners is responsible for the content of the WLC and shall publish the Washington state specific materials for applicants.

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