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Overview of the Indiana Bar Examination

Indiana Bar Examination

The Indiana Bar Examination consists of the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. It is offered twice yearly, once in February and once in July.

The UBE is a uniformly administered, graded, and scored bar examination that results in a portable score, not a portable status. Applicants who take the UBE may transfer their scores to seek admission in other UBE jurisdictions within a certain amount of time after the scores were earned. The UBE tests knowledge of general principles of law, legal analysis and reasoning, factual analysis, and communication skills to determine readiness to enter legal practice in any jurisdiction.

The UBE is a two-day examination consisting of the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), and the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE). The first day of testing, on Tuesdays, involves 6 essays from the MEE for 3 hours and 2 items from the MPT for 3 hours. The second day of testing, on Wednesdays, involves 100 questions from the MBE for 3 hours and another 100 questions from the MBE for 3 hours.

Multistate Performance Test

The MPT consists of two 90-minute items (3 hours total). It is a simulated case file presented in a realistic setting and calling for the test candidate to demonstrate fundamental lawyering skills regardless of the area of law in which the task arises.

Multistate Bar Examination

The MBE includes 200 multiple-choice questions (6 hours total). The subjects tested include:

  • Contracts
  • Constitutional Law
  • Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Civil Procedure

Multistate Essay Examination

The MEE is a common set of six 30-minute essays (3 hours total).The subjects tested include the seven Multistate Bar Exam topics plus:

  • Business Associations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Secured Transactions (UCC Article 9)
  • Trusts and Estates

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