6 Best Bar Exam Books to Help You Prep

The bar exam varies depending on what state you’re in unless you’re in a jurisdiction that administers the Uniform Bar Exam or UBE. Since over half the states are now using the UBE, we’re going to focus in this post on the 6 best books for preparing and passing the UBE.

For starters, let’s look at some of the best prep books for the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE). And remember, everyone, no matter what state you’re in (except those lucky test takers in Louisiana), will have to take the MBE.

Best MBE Books

The MBE is a six-hour exam consisting of 200 multiple choice questions. You have to work methodically through the questions 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. Here are some of the best books to help you prepare and succeed on the MBE:

  • Strategies & Tactics for the MBE, by Emanuel Bar Review: In addition to a full length practice MBE, this book contains advice on how to tackle questions on each of the MBE subjects and strategies to handle the most difficult questions you’re likely to see on the MBE. There are also 325 practice MBE questions, so you can complete a lot of individual practice problems and strengthen your knowledge on particular subjects.
  • Sterling Bar Exam Review MBE Essentials: Governing Law Outlines, by Sterling Test Prep: Similar to your first year law school approach, this book 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. Additionally, Sterling contains helpful advice and strategies for approaching multiple choice questions.

Best MPT Books

Everyone taking the UBE will need to do well on the Multistate Performance Test or MPT to pass. Even some states that do not administer the UBE still use the MPT as part of their bar exam, so the MPT is important for the majority of bar exam takers. Here are a couple of books to help you succeed on the MPT:

In addition to these great books, don’t forget to look at the series of helpful MPT Study Aids developed by the NCBE.

Best Bar Exam Essay Books

The essay portion of the UBE is the Multistate Essay Exam or MEE. To help you learn the subject areas tested on the MEE and the best approach to efficiently reading, outlining, and responding to the essay prompts, check out the following books:


There are a lot of helpful resources out there to help you succeed on the bar exam. Try a few different books and find the approach that works best for you. It’s going to seem overwhelming at first, but armed with the right books, you’ll be well on your way to passing the bar exam!

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