Learn These Uniform Bar Exam Subjects

Learn These Uniform Bar Exam Subjects

The UBE consists of the MBE (Multistate Bar Exam), the MEE (Multistate Essay Exam) and the MPT (Multistate Performance Test). The Uniform Bar Exam subjects that are covered on each of these components varies, so a little breakdown is helpful.


The MBE consists of 200 multiple choice questions. It is given on the same date and time all across the country. 175 of those questions are “real” questions that are scored. The remaining 25 are questions that are being considered for future exams. However, there is no way of knowing which count and which do not. So you must answer them all to the best of your ability.

This exam is split up quite simply. There are 100 questions administered within three hours in the morning, a break for lunch, and then 100 questions in the afternoon. Here are the subjects that you must study, as they are covered by the MBE.

  • Civil Procedure
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Torts
  • Real Property
  • Contracts
  • Constitutional Law
  • and Evidence.

There will be 25 questions from each of these categories on the MBE. These questions will be disbursed in no special order throughout the exam.


The MEE consists of six, thirty-minute questions that not only test your knowledge of substantive law, but test your ability to communicate effectively in writing.

The subjects covered are as follows:

  • Business Associations
  • Civil Procedure
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contract Law
    • Including Article 2 (sales) of the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Article 9 (secured transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code

Each essay question on this exam is likely to cover more than just one subject area on this list. You are expected to be able to look at a fact pattern, assess what the issues are and what facts are relevant, and address the legal issues presented by using the correct law.

Just a note here. You will likely be given information that is irrelevant to the legal issues. Be aware of that, as it mimics real life practice perfectly. In practice, your clients will want to tell you their entire story. It is important for a lawyer to be able to sift through what a client is telling us, and see what is and is not of any legal significance. Think of this the same way.


The UBE will present you with two tasks that must be completed in 90 minutes each.

You are given an assignment, as if from a supervising attorney, and you must use the materials given to you by this supervisor to accurately complete the task at hand.

The MPT tests:

  • Your ability to look at complex factual information and sort the relevant facts from the irrelevant
  • Find the applicable laws that pertain to the relevant facts from the materials given
  • Apply the relevant law to the relevant facts in order to best address the client’s issues
  • If ethical dilemmas are presented, it tests your ability to solve them
  • Effectively communicate in writing
  • Complete a beginning lawyering task within a time constraint

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