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The Indiana Bar Exam

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The Indiana Bar Exam

General information
Exam TypeNon-UBE
Jurisdiction-specific component
Upcoming Registration DatesNovember 15, 2018 (February 2019 exam); April 1, 2019 (July 2019 exam)
Recent Pass Rates52% (February 2017); 66% (July 2017)

What is the Indiana bar exam?

The Indiana bar exam assesses whether an examinee is competent to practice law in the State of Indiana. Passing the bar exam is an essential step in becoming a lawyer in Indiana. 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.

Studying for the Indiana bar exam is a full-time job that requires discipline, determination, and—for most people—a formal course structure. Quimbee’s Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) review course is expertly designed to help you prepare for the Indiana bar examination in the most efficient and effective way possible. Our MBE review course includes 7,000+ smart flashcards, real practice questions and answers with detailed explanations, full-length practice tests, and comprehensive outlines of MBE subjects.

Read on to learn more about the Indiana bar exam and how Quimbee’s bar-review course can help you pass the Indiana bar exam.

What is the Indiana Bar Exam format?

The Indiana Bar Examination is a two-day examination consisting of the MBE, the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and the Indiana Essay Examination. More details on the Indiana bar exam format can be found on the Indiana Judicial Branch's website.

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 Indiana, on the last Wednesday in February and July of each year.

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 tested subject area. The Indiana bar exam subjects include civil procedure, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law and procedure, evidence, real property, and torts.

The MBE counts for 50 percent of an examinee’s total score.

Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

The MPT is the third component of the Indiana bar exam. 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 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.

The MPT consists of 20 percent of an examinee’s total score.

Jurisdiction-Specific Component

The Indiana Essay Examination consists of six essays. This component is offered in the afternoon session of the first day of the bar exam.  Examinees are allocated a total of four hours to answer the six essay questions. The potential subject matters tested are:

  • administrative law

  • business organizations

  • family law

  • federal and state personal income tax, corporate tax, and estate and gift tax

  • Indiana constitutional law

  • Indiana employment law, including wage payment and wage claim statutes

  • Indiana debt collection, including garnishment, attachment, and bankruptcy exemptions

  • residential landlord-tenant law

  • pleading and practice, including statutes of limitation and the Indiana Tort Claims Act

  • secured transactions

  • wills, trusts and estates

The Indiana Essay Examination comprises 30 percent of an examinee’s total score.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)

A passing score on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is also required to become a licensed Indiana 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. Indiana requires a minimum-passing MPRE score of 85.

Indiana Bar Exam Information

Below is a list of useful information for Indiana bar examinees:

What are the Indiana Bar Exam Dates?

The Indiana bar exam is offered twice a year on the last consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July. The Indiana bar exam is typically administered in Indianapolis.

When Do I Need to Register for the Indiana Bar Exam?

The regular deadline for registering for the February 2019 bar exam in Indiana is November 15, 2018. The regular deadline for the July 2019 exam is April 1, 2019. For more details on these deadlines, please see the Indiana Board of Law Examiners’ website.

What are the Fees for the Indiana Bar Exam?

The regular application fee for the Indiana bar exam is $250. For more details on fees, visit the Indiana Board of Law Examiners’ website.

When Will I Receive My Indiana Bar Exam Results?

Indiana bar examination results are released approximately eight to nine weeks after administration of the exam. Results are posted publicly on the Indiana Judicial Branch's website.

What Is the Indiana Bar Exam Contact Information?

The Indiana Supreme Court Board of Law Examiners is the organization responsible for overseeing admission to the bar in Indiana. It is through this board that you will register for the bar exam, receive exam information, and obtain your score.

Office of Admissions and Continuing Education
251 N. Illinois Street, Suite 550
Indianapolis, IN  46204

Phone: (317) 232-2552
E-Mail: ble@courts.in.gov

Website: https://www.in.gov/judiciary/ace/2529.htm

How Do I Get Indiana Bar Exam News?

News and information about the Indiana bar exam can be found on the Indiana Board of Law Examiners' website.

What is the Best Indiana Bar Exam Prep Course?

Quimbee does not provide state-specific coverage for the Indiana bar exam, but you can use Quimbee MBE Review to supplement your prep. Heavy and cumbersome coursebooks are a thing of the past. All of the course material for Quimbee MBE Review is available from your computer.

Indiana Bar Practice Tests

Quimbee’s course offers several full-length practice MBEs and thousands of MBE practice questions—many licensed directly from the NCBE.

Indiana Bar Study Guide

With Quimbee, you’ll watch Quimbee's beautifully designed video lessons, practice multiple-choice questions to test what you've learned, and read through Quimbee's expert-written outlines. And true understanding isn’t just answering a question correctly. You need to know why you got a question right or why you got a question wrong. That’s why Quimbee provides you with detailed explanations for every practice question, so you can understand the difference between the correct and incorrect answers.

Quimbee’s outlines provide comprehensive coverage of all MBE subjects. Quimbee Outlines are written by experts and are perfectly tailored to the NCBE’s subject-matter outlines, so you can be confident you’re studying only the material that’s tested on the bar exam.

Indiana Bar Flashcards

You’ll also have access to Quimbee’s 7,000+ MBE flashcards, which utilize the latest developments in learning science to ensure you’re learning as efficiently as possible by assessing your proficiency as you go. Quimbee harnesses the magic of spaced repetition to maximize your learning outcomes. Quimbee’s flashcards cover every topic that appears on the MBE.

So, if you’re wondering how to pass the Indiana bar exam, check out Quimbee MBE Review, and you’ll see why Quimbee is the best MBE review tool available.