Massachusetts Bar Exam

Written by Jill Morrison
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The Massachusetts Bar Exam has two major components. The first portion is the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) on general law information. The second portion is Massachusetts Essay Exam and specifically pertains to Massachusetts law.

Components of the Massachusetts Bar Exam

There are certain subjects tested in the MBE portion that are used on every Bar Exam. These subjects include Constitutional Law, Evidence, Torts, Contracts/Sales, Real Property, and Criminal Law and Procedure. The MBE requires students to answer 200 multiple choice questions on these subjects.

The essay portion of the Massachusetts Bar Exam consists of ten essay questions. Subjects tested include all of the MBE subjects, Wills, Trusts, Descent and Distribution of Estates, Agency, Business Organizations, Domestic Relations, U.C.C. Procedure, Civil Procedure, Real Property, Unfair and Deceptive Practices, and Professional Responsibility. These essays pertain primarily to Massachusetts laws and regulations.

The MBE and essay scores on the Massachusetts Bar exam are scaled and combined. A minimum score of 270 is required to pass. Applicants must have also passed the MPRE, with a minimum score of 85, prior to taking the Bar Exam.


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