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Missouri Bar Exam Information

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Missouri Bar Exam Overview

To become a lawyer in Missouri, one must hold a degree from an accredited four-year university, receive a passing score on the LSAT exam, finish an accredited law school program, and complete the BAR exam with a passing score of 260 or higher.

The Missouri Bar Exam uses the two-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) that consists of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), one Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE). The first day of the exam is the essay portion of the test, which consists of six essay questions (MEE) created by the Bar Association of Missouri and the Multistate Performance Test. The second day consists of a 200 question, multiple-choice Multistate Bar Examination which is split into two sections.

The Missouri Bar Exam weights the first-day essay portion of the test more heavily than the other parts combined. The MBE is weighted at 50%, the MEE is 30% and the MPT is 20% to create the total test weight.

The best way to prepare for the BAR exam in Missouri is through studying material on the most popular law areas. For the Missouri Bar Exam specifically, the essay questions are likely to cover agency, commercial transactions, family law, and other topics(see below). The MBE questions include family law, business and crime law, and more. Many find success through practice tests that closely resemble the content and test structure of the Missouri Bar Exam. You can find useful study material here at Test Max Prep.

The Missouri Bar Exam occurs twice a year, held at varying locations. To apply, applicants must complete the admission application and an original petition to take the bar exam in Missouri specifically. You can contact the Missouri Board of Examiners for more information about application requirements, test day expectations, and dates.

2020 Filing Deadlines & Fees

When is the MO Bar Exam in 2020?

February 25-26, 2020 July 28-29, 2020
Application Deadline: Oct 1, 2019 Mar 1, 2020
Late Deadline: Dec 31, 2019 May 31, 2020

How Much Does the MO Bar Exam Cost?

Regular Application fee: $910
Attorney Application fee: $1470
Laptop Computer fee: $105

What is the MO Bar Exam Schedule Like?

The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is a 2-day exam administered twice a year, with the MBE given on the last Wednesday of February and July and the MEE and MPT given on the Tuesday prior to that.

Tue 6 Essays on any subject (3 hours) 2 Performance Test (3 hours)
Wed 100 MBE Questions (3 hours) 100 MBE Questions (3 hours)

What Subjects Are Tested On The MO Bar Exam?

MBE Subjects

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

Essay Subjects

  • Business Associations
  • Civil Procedure
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Trusts
  • Wills (Decedents' Estates)

MO Bar Exam Grading & Scoring Process

NCBE scores the MBE component of the UBE. Jurisdictions grade the MEE and MPT components. The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE and UBE total scores are calculated by NCBE.

UBE total scores are reported on a 400-point scale and a passing score of 260 is required in Missouri.

  • MBE: 50%
  • MEE: 30%
  • MPT: 20%

Required MPRE Score: 80


Results for the February exam are typically released in April.

Results for the July exam are typically released in September.

MO Bar Exam Reciprocity

UBE Transfer

Missouri will accept a UBE score earned in another UBE jurisdiction if the scaled total score is at least 260 and was attained on a UBE administered within the twenty-four months preceding the date the application to Missouri is properly submitted.

Admission on Motion

Missouri does allow for admission on motion for applicants who have been practicing law for at least 5 of the past 10 years. All requirements for admission on motion can be found here.

How do I Contact the MO Bar?

Missouri Board of Law Examiners
P.O. Box 104236
Jefferson City, MO 65110-4236
Phone: 573-751-9814
Fax: 573-751-5335

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