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Utah Bar Exam Information

Get Detailed Information About The Utah Bar Exam Including Schedules, Grading, Reciprocity, Fees, Common Questions & More.

To become a lawyer in Utah, 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 passing score of 270 or higher.

The Utah Bar Exam is an exam administered across two seperate days. On the first day, test-takers will attempt six different essay questions. Students will have 30 minutes to answer each essay question. This is referred to as the MEE or Multistate Essay Exam. After these, the applicant moves on to two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test questions (MPT). The second day is the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). The MBE consists of a 200 question, multiple-choice test.

The Utah Bar Exam weights the test with all three tests (MBE, MPT, MEE) differently. The MBE is weighted 50% while the MEE gets 30% and the MPT gets around 20% of the weighted score. You will need a total of 270/400 to pass the Utah Bar exam.

The best way to prepare for the BAR exam in Utah is through studying relevant material on the most common law subjects. For the Utah Bar Exam specifically, the topics include Administrative Law, Conflict of Laws, Ethics, Procedures, Evidence, Property, and Torts. The best way to do well on the exam is to take practice tests that are similar in style and content. You can find useful study material here at Test Max Prep.

The Utah Bar Exam occurs two times a year and is held at varying locations. You can contact the Utah Board of Examiners for more information about application requirements, test day expectations, and dates.

2020 Filing Deadlines & Fees

When is the UT Bar Exam in 2020?

February 25-26, 2020 July 28-29, 2020
Application Deadline: Oct 1, 2019 Mar 1, 2020
Late Deadline: Oct 15, 2019 ($100 late fee) Mar 15, 2020 ($100 late fee)
Final Late Deadline: Nov 1, 2019 ($300 late fee) Apr 1, 2020 ($300 late fee)

How Much Does the UT Bar Exam Cost?

Regular Application fee: $550
Attorney Application fee: $850
Laptop Computer fee: $150

What is the UT 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 2 Performance Test (3 hours) 6 Essays on any subject (3 hours)
Wed 100 MBE Questions (3 hours) 100 MBE Questions (3 hours)

What Subjects Are Tested On The UT 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)

UT 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 Utah.

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

Required MPRE Score: 86


Results for the February exam are typically released in April.

Results for the July exam are typically released in September.

UT Bar Exam Reciprocity

UBE Transfer

Utah will accept the transfer of a UBE scaled score of 270 or above if filed within 24 months of the UBE (or within five years if the attorney applicant can prove that she has been admitted to practice in a U.S. state, territory or District of Columbia, and has been actively engaged in practice for one-half of the time period since the UBE score was earned).

Admission on Motion

Utah does allow for admission on motion for applicants who have been practicing law for at least 5 of the past 7 years. All requirements for admission on motion can be found here.

How do I Contact the UT Bar?

Utah State Bar
Utah Law & Justice Center
645 South 200 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84111-3834
Phone: 801-531-9077

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