The Colorado bar exam is held twice yearly, on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. The exam is administered in the Denver Metro Area at one location only. J.D. from an accredited school is a requirement to attend the state bar exam. On the first day, nine essay questions and two 90-minute Multi state Performance Test (MPT) questions are administered. On the second day, the MBE is administered with a 6-hour multiple-choice test with 200 questions, divided into a 3-hour morning session and a 3-hour afternoon session. The essay portion consists of nine short questions, five in the morning session and four in the afternoon. The allotted time is 3 hours and 45 minutes to answer all nine questions (an average of 25 minutes per question).
Substantive subjects that may be tested include Business Associations (includes Agency, Partnership and Corporations), Evidence, Commercial Transactions (includes Secured Transactions, Sales, and Negotiable Instruments), Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Public Law (includes Constitutional Law and Administrative Law), Real Property, Torts, and Wills, Estates and Trusts. Performance Test consists of two 90-minute questions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Questions test skills commonly used by lawyers practicing law competently, including legal analysis, fact analysis, awareness of professional responsibility, problem solving, research, and writing. Beginning in July 2010, Conflict of Laws will be added as a subject for examination. In Colorado, the bar exam fee for a non attorney is $475 and that for an attorney is $500.