North Dakota Bar Exam Information

The North Dakota bar exam is usually administered only in July.  However, if there are ten or more applicants, North Dakota will have a February sitting for the exam. 

The North Dakota bar exam, a two-day exam, consists of

  • the six-hour Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), weighted 50%;
  • six 30-minute Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) questions, weighted 30%;
  • two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) problems, weighted 20%.

The first day of the bar exam consists of the written portion– six MEE questions (30 minutes each) and two MPTs (90 minutes each).  The second day of the exam consists of the MBE.  The MBE is a 200 question multiple choice exam.  100 questions are asked in the morning over a three hour period, and 100 questions are asked in the afternoon over a three hour period.  The MBE has 33 questions each for Contracts and Torts, and 31 questions each for Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, and Real Property.  190 of the 200 questions are graded, the other 10 are experimental.

Successful applicants must achieve a combined scaled score of 405 points.  Applicants must also pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) with a scaled score of 85.

North Dakota tests only on general law, not on North Dakota law.  The following subjects may be tested on the North Dakota bar exam:

  • business associations (agency, partnership, corporations, LLCs)
  • civil procedure (federal)
  • conflict of laws
  • constitutional law
  • contracts, including UCC Article 2 sales
  • criminal law and procedure 
  • evidence
  • family law  
  • real property
  • torts
  • trusts and estates (decedents’ estates, trusts, future interests)
  • Uniform Commercial Code Articles 3 (negotiable instruments), 9 (secured transactions). 

An applicant for admission to the North Dakota Bar must be 18 years of age and have received a juris doctor or equivalent degree from a law school approved, or provisionally approved, for accreditation by the American Bar Association.

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