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New York Bar Exam

New York Bar Exam

The New York Bar Exam now administers the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). It is administered each February and July.

The schedule:

Day 1 — MPT/MEE Portion

Morning 2 MPTs 90 minutes each
Afternoon 6 MEE Essays 30 minutes each

Day 2 — MBE Portion

Morning 100 Multiple Choice 1.8 minutes each
Afternoon 100 Multiple Choice 1.8 minutes each

MEE subjects tested:

  • All MBE Subjects  (Con Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Federal Civil Procedure, Real Property, Torts)
  • Agency & Partnerships
  • Corporations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Secured Transactions (UCC 9)
  • Trusts
  • Wills and Estates

New York (UBE) Scoring:

6 Essays 30%
2 MPT’s 20%
200 MBE’s 50%

A minimum passing score is 266.

The Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

The MPT is a 90-minute assignment designed to test the Bar candidates ability to use fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation. A Case File and a Library are provided along with an assignment such as write a memo, a brief, a statement of fact or a will.

Per the NCBE, “The MPT is designed to test an examinee’s ability to use fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation and complete a task that a beginning lawyer should be able to accomplish. The MPT is not a test of substantive knowledge. Rather, it is designed to evaluate certain fundamental skills lawyers are expected to demonstrate regardless of the area of law in which the skills are applied.”

Released MPT Questions, along with NCBE Points Sheet/Analysis, can be downloaded at www.ncbex.org.

The Multistate Essay Examination (MEE)

Per the NCBE website:

  • “The Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) is developed by NCBE and consists of six 30-minute questions. It is administered by user jurisdictions as part of the bar examination on the Tuesday before the last Wednesday in February and July of each year.”
  • “The purpose of the MEE is to test the examinee’s ability to (1) identify legal issues raised by a hypothetical factual situation; (2) separate material which is relevant from that which is not; (3) present a reasoned analysis of the relevant issues in a clear, concise, and well-organized composition; and (4) demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental legal principles relevant to the probable solution of the issues raised by the factual situation. The primary distinction between the MEE and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) is that the MEE requires the examinee to demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively in writing.”

Released MEE Questions, along with NCBE Points Sheets/Analysis, can be downloaded at www.ncbex.org.