3 Best MBE Books

To do well on the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), you need to use the best MBE books to prepare. The MBE is a six-hour exam consisting of 200 multiple choice questions. You have to work efficiently to answer 100 questions during each three-hour block, so you’re going to need to develop an efficient approach, learn the MBE subjects well, and complete a lot of practice problems.

Since the MBE is going to take a considerable amount of time to prepare for, we don’t want you to waste any time trying to find the best MBE books. We’ve rounded up the three best MBE books here to get you well on your way to a great MBE score.

1. Strategies & Tactics for the MBE

In addition to a full length practice MBE, Strategies and Tactics for the MBE by Emanuel Bar Review contains advice on how to tackle questions on each of the MBE subjects, complete with strategies for handling the most difficult questions you’re likely to see. There are also 325 practice MBE questions, giving you the opportunity to complete individual practice problems and strengthen your knowledge on particular MBE subjects.

As you prepare for the MBE, reviewing your answers is critical to understanding the law and learning how to get a similar question right in the future. This book is a great resource because, in addition to the practice problems mentioned above, it contains explanations to the answers in the practice sets. This is crucial! Take the time to read through these explanations—whether you got the question right or wrong—to ensure you understand why a particular answer choice is right. With these great explanations, you’ll be well on your way to rocking the MBE!

2. Sterling Bar Exam Review MBE Essentials: Governing Law Outlines

Similar to the approach many take in law school, Sterling Bar Exam Review MBE Essentials: Governing Law Outlines contains outlines of the substantive law tested on the MBE. If the outline approach worked well for you during law school, you can’t go wrong studying from this book. The outlines cover all the substantive law tested on the MBE thoroughly and accurately, so take the time to study them all. By studying these outlines, you’ll have the confidence you need to crush all 300 questions on the MBE—or at least enough to get a good MBE score.

Additionally, the Sterling Bar Exam book has lots of different strategies for approaching multiple choice questions. Even if you have a lot of experience with multiple choice questions from other standardized tests, you’ll need to complete a lot of practice MBE problems to do well. The MBE questions are likely harder than any questions you’ve seen before, so the hours and hours of practice will help ensure you’re not tricked by any questions on the day of the actual bar exam.

3. The Multistate Goat: The Essential Book of MBE Practice Questions

Don’t let the name fool you, the Multistate Goat is an excellent resource to help you learn how to best approach the MBE. With over 400 actual MBE questions from the National Conference of Bar Examiners, this book will set you up to gain all of the practice you need to do well on the MBE. And maybe most importantly, the Multistate Goat uses only the most recently released practice problems, so you won’t have to worry about wasted time on outdated practice problems. Remember: preparing adequately for the MBE is going to take a very long time—you don’t want to waste a single minute on studying outdated material!

As a bonus, the first pages of the book are dedicated to help you develop an efficient and cost-effective approach to studying for the MBE. Who doesn’t like to save a little money and learn how to pass the bar on the first try?


There are many helpful resources out there to help you do well on the MBE, so you need to find the materials and the approach that work best for you. It’s going to seem overwhelming at first, but armed with the right book, you’ll be well on your way to doing well on the MBE and passing the bar exam.

If you’re looking for more ways to study for the MBE on your own, check out How to Make Your Own MBE Flashcards!

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