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Passing the Bar Exam

Bar Passage

The School of Law is committed to a 100% bar exam pass rate for all its graduates. This starts with helping you be a successful law student. At St. Thomas, you will be part of a supportive community with faculty and staff who are your biggest advocates and available to meet with you if you need assistance. Specifically, the Office of Academic Achievement and Bar Success provides one-on-one academic support and exam preparation for students. The office holds a third-year seminar for students who need help as they prepare for the bar exam.

Following graduation, the Office of Career and Professional Development (CPD) and the Director of Academic Achievement and Bar Success will match you with a personal J.D. Compass Strategist who will support your transition into the legal profession and assist you as you study for the bar for a period of one year. All alumni are invited to contact the CPD office at any time during their professional career for career support. The Academic Achievement and Bar Success office is available for assistance on a bar examination in the United States.

Third-Year Seminar

St. Thomas Law provides a seminar class that works with third-year students who have concerns about their academic performance, particularly as it relates to taking and passing a bar exam.

The Uniform Bar Examination

Minnesota is a Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) jurisdiction. The primary advantage of the UBE is an examinee’s score is “portable” and can be reported to other UBE jurisdictions so the examinee can be licensed to practice law in that jurisdiction.
States differ on passing scores. Specific state information can be found in the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements produced by the ABA and NCBE.

A receiving state may place limitations on the length of time an applicant may transfer a score to that jurisdiction. For example, Minnesota requires the score be transferred within three years of the original test date.

Individual state requirements may exist. All jurisdictions can require an applicant to meet other admissions requirements which can include a separate character and fitness determination, and, in a few jurisdictions, a separate test on state-specific topics. Applicants should check with each jurisdiction for state specific requirements.

The Uniform Bar Examination consists of three components, all of which are drafted and distributed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE):

The Multistate Performance Test (MPT). This test is three hours on the morning of the first day of the exam. It is comprised of two 90-minute MPTs. An MPT is a closed-universe legal task consisting of an assignment, some factual information, and some legal authority (usually consisting of a statute or some rules and a couple of cases from a fictional jurisdiction). The two MPT questions count for 20% of the overall exam score.

The Multistate Essay Examination (MEE). This test is three hours in the afternoon of first day of the exam. It is comprised of six 30-minute essay questions. The MEE involves traditional bar examination essay questions. These six questions count for 30% of the overall exam score.

The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). This test is two, three-hour blocks during the morning and afternoon of the second day of the exam. The MBE consists of 100 multiple choice question per three-hour segment (200 multiple choice questions total). The MBE counts for 50% of the overall score on the exam.