The Idaho Bar Exam
|Upcoming Registration Dates||October 1, 2018 (February 2019 exam); March 1, 2019 (July 2019 exam)|
|Recent Pass Rates||66% (February 2017); 78% (July 2017)|
The Idaho bar exam assesses whether an examinee is competent to practice law in the State of Idaho. Passing the bar exam is an essential step in becoming a lawyer in Idaho. The exam consists of three components: an essay component, a multiple-choice component, and a performance component. Examinees are tested on a variety of legal subjects. Bar exam scores are scaled, meaning that scores are adjusted to reflect the relative difficulty of a particular exam. These adjustments ensure that no examinee is unfairly penalized or rewarded for taking a more or less difficult exam.
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Idaho Bar Exam Format
Idaho administers the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE).
The UBE is a uniformly administered bar exam that results in a portable score. This means that applicants who take the UBE may transfer their scores to seek admission in other UBE jurisdictions.
UBE scoring is based on a 400-point scale. Each jurisdiction sets its own minimum-passing score. Idaho’s minimum-passing UBE score is 272.
The UBE consists of three sections: the MBE, the MEE, and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).
Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
The MBE is a six-hour, 200-question multiple-choice examination developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and administered by participating jurisdictions, including Idaho, on the last Wednesday in February and the last Wednesday in July of each year. The MBE counts for 50 percent of an examinee’s total UBE score.
According to the NCBE, the purpose of the MBE is to assess the extent to which an examinee can apply fundamental legal principles and legal reasoning to analyze given fact patterns.
The MBE is divided into morning and afternoon testing sessions of three hours each, with 100 questions in each session. There are no scheduled breaks during either the morning or afternoon session, though test taskers typically may be excused from the exam room during the test. Be sure to check with your jurisdiction, however, as the rules regarding leaving the exam room may vary.
Of the 200 questions on the MBE, 175 questions are scored. The remaining unscored 25 questions are used by the NCBE to test potential future questions. The scored questions are distributed evenly, with 25 questions from each of the tested subject areas. The Idaho bar exam subjects include civil procedure, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law and procedure, evidence, real property, and torts.
Multistate Essay Examination (MEE)
The MEE consists of six 30-minute issue-spotter questions. The MEE is administered on the Tuesday before the last Wednesday in February and July of each year. The MEE counts for 30 percent of an examinee’s UBE score.
Subjects that may be tested on the MEE include business associations, civil procedure, conflict of laws, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law and procedure, evidence, family law, real property, torts, trusts and estates, and Article 9 (secured transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code.
Multistate Performance Test (MPT)
The MPT is the third component of the UBE. The MPT is used in many jurisdictions that haven’t adopted the UBE; 45 jurisdictions administered the MPT in 2017.
Unlike other components of the UBE, the MPT is not a test of substantive knowledge. The MPT consists of two 90-minute problems designed to mimic real-world tasks that a new attorney might be assigned. The MPT counts for 20 percent of an examinee’s UBE score.
The materials for each MPT include a file and a library. The file consists of the facts of a fictitious case and includes legal documents related to the case. The library contains statutes, cases, and other forms of rules. The file and library will include both relevant and irrelevant information; it’s up to you to figure out what you’ll need to complete your task. The examinee’s task will be outlined in a memorandum contained in the file.
Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)
In addition to the UBE, a passing score on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is also required to become a licensed Idaho attorney. The MPRE tests an examinee’s knowledge of the ethics rules related to the practice of law. According to the NCBE, the purpose of the MPRE is to “measure examinees' knowledge and understanding of established standards related to the professional conduct of lawyers.”
The MPRE’s questions are largely based on the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct, but the MPRE also covers relevant court decisions as well as procedural and evidentiary rules.
The MPRE consists of 60 multiple-choice questions—50 scored questions and 10 unscored questions. As with the MBE, each question on the MPRE is followed by four possible answer options. You’ll have two hours to complete the exam.
The MPRE is offered three times per year, typically in March, August, and November. Be sure to register early—the regular registration fee is $95, but the late registration fee is $190.
The MPRE is scored on a scale that ranges from 50 to 100. Idaho requires a minimum-passing MPRE score of 85.
Idaho Bar Exam Information
Below is a list of useful information for Idaho bar examinees:
The Idaho bar exam is offered twice a year on the last consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July. The February administration of the exam is offered in Boise, while the July administration of the exam is offered in both Boise and Moscow (University of Idaho).
Registration Filing Deadlines
The regular deadline for registering for the February 2019 bar exam in Idaho is October 1, 2018. The regular deadline for the July 2019 exam is March 1, 2019. For more details on these deadlines, please see the Idaho State Bar's website.
The regular application fee for the Idaho bar exam is $600. For more details on fees, visit the Idaho State Bar's website.
Idaho bar examination results are posted approximately six weeks after the exam administration. Results can be found on the Idaho Bar Association’s website.
The Idaho Bar Commission is the organization responsible for overseeing admission to the bar in Idaho. It is through this board that you will register for the bar exam, receive exam information, and obtain your score.
525 West Jefferson, Boise, ID 83702
PO Box 895, Boise, ID 83701
Phone: (208) 334-4500
News and information about the Idaho bar exam can be found on the Idaho Court of Appeals website.
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