South Dakota Bar Exam Information

The bar exam for South Dakota lasts two days.  For its bar exam, South Dakota requires completion of two parts.

The first portion of the South Dakota Bar Exam is the Multistate Bar Examination, or the MBE. The MBE is administered twice annually; once on the last Wednesday in February and again on the last Wednesday in July.

The second portion of the South Dakota Bar Exam tests candidates on unique aspects of South Dakota’s laws. The state specific portion of the South Dakota bar examination is administered in essay format.

The scoring pattern of the bar exam is an MBE scaled score of at least 130, if the MBE was taken within 25 months prior to the next scheduled South Dakota exam and if the applicant passed the bar exam in the other jurisdiction.

To practice in South Dakota, the necessary educational requirement for applicants includes a J.D. degree from a law school.


Inside South Dakota Bar Exam Information