The Bar exam in Utah is held each year in February and July.
The exam lasts two days. On the first day, there are two sessions each consisting of:
1) one Multistate Performance Test (MPT)
2) four essay questions.
On day two, the Multistate Bar Exam is administered.
In total, the two-day bar exam, consists of –
- the six-hour multiple-choice Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), weighted 50%;
- two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) problems, weighted 18%, and
- The successful applicant must achieve a combined scaled score of 270 out of 400 possible points. Applicants also must pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) with a scaled score of 86 within two years of passing the bar exam.
The following subjects may be tested on the Utah bar exam:
- administrative law
- business associations (agency, partnerships, corporations, LLCs)
- civil procedure (Utah and federal)
- conflict of laws
- constitutional law (Utah and federal)
- contracts, including UCC Article 2 sales
- creditor/debtor law, including bankruptcy
- criminal law and procedure
- ethics (professional responsibility) (Utah Rules of Professional Conduct)
- evidence (Utah and federal)
- family law
- real property
- UCC Articles 2 (sales), 3 (negotiable instruments), & 9 (secured transactions)
- wills, trusts, decedents’ estates, future interests, and estate planning (including tax aspects).
Apart from all other requirements, all applicants to the Utah State Bar must have a J.D. from an A.B.A. law school.