Multistate Bar Examination

The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) is administered in every state except Louisiana and Washington, and also in Washington D.C. The MBE is a six-hour, two-hundred question multiple choice examination. In Arkansas, the MBE is administered on the morning and afternoon of the second day of the bar examination. In Arkansas, the minimum passing scaled score is 135 and account for 50% of the overall bar exam score.

The following subject areas are tested on the MBE:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (approximately 25% of these questions include Sales)
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Torts

A subject matter outline of these areas is available on the National Conference of Bar Examiners website.

The National Conference of Bar Examiners, which drafts the MBE, publishes a free informational booklet on the MBE and also makes other previous MBE questions available online for purchase. The MBE Annotated Preview (available at the previous link) is an online practice MBE that gives applicants an estimate of their scaled MBE score upon completion of the exam.