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New Hampshire Bar Exam Information

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New Hampshire Bar Exam Overview

To become a lawyer in New Hampshire, one must hold a degree from an accredited four-year university, make a passing score on the LSAT exam and complete an accredited law school program, and finally, complete the BAR exam with a score of 270 or higher.

The New Hampshire Bar Exam uses the two-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) consisting of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), one Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and six state essay questions. On the first day of testing, applicants will complete two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test Questions. After these are finished they will move on to six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam Questions. On the second day, test-takers will have to complete the MBE, which is a 200 question multiple-choice exam.

The New Hampshire Bar Exam weights the MBE, MPT, and MEE all differently. They are combined to determine the final score of the New Hampshire Bar Exam. The MBE takes 50% of the weight, while the MEE gets 30% and the MPT receives 20%. The scores are combined to reach a maximum amount of 400. You will need at least 270 out of 400 to pass the Bar exam in New Hampshire.

The best way to prepare for the BAR exam in New Hampshire is over common law subjects. For the New Hampshire Bar Exam specifically, the topics covered are things such as Family Law, Criminal Law, Contracts, Trusts and Future Interests, and many more. Students often find success through practice tests that are similar in content and test structure of the New Hampshire Bar Exam. You can find useful study material here at Test Max Prep.

The New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire specifically. You can contact the New Hampshire Board of Examiners for more information about application requirements, test day expectations, and dates.

2020 Filing Deadlines & Fees

When is the NH Bar Exam in 2020?

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

How Much Does the NH Bar Exam Cost?

Regular Application fee: $725

What is the NH 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 NH 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)

NH 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 270 is required in New Hampshire.

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

Required MPRE Score: 79


Results for the February exam are typically released in April.

Results for the July exam are typically released in September.

NH Bar Exam Reciprocity

UBE Transfer

New Hampshire will accept the transfer of a score of 270 or greater from a qualified UBE exam within three years of the date of application. New Hampshire will also accept the transfer of a score of 270 or greater from a qualified UBE exam more than three years but less than five years if the applicant has been primarily engaged in the practice of law for at least two years in another state, territory or the District of Columbia.

Admission on Motion

New Hampshire does allow for admission on motion for applicants who have been practicing law for at least 5 of the past 7 years (past 3 years for Maine & Vermont). All requirements for admission on motion can be found here.

How do I Contact the NH Bar?

New Hampshire Supreme Court
Office of Bar Admissions
4 Chenell Drive, Suite 102
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 603-224-8806
Fax: 603-224-8728

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