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Palau bar exam information

General exam information
Exam typeNon-UBE
Jurisdiction-specific component
Upcoming registration datesJune 2, 2023 (July 2023 exam)

What is the Palau bar exam?

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

Studying for the Palau bar exam is a full-time job that requires discipline, determination, and—for most people—a formal course structure. The Quimbee Bar Review course is expertly designed to help you supplement your preparation for the Palau bar examination in the most efficient and effective way possible. Our bar review course includes 1,400+ real practice questions from past bar exams, detailed answer explanations, and comprehensive outlines of MBE subjects.

Read on to learn more about the Palau bar exam.

What is the Palau bar exam format?

The Palau bar exam consists of the MBE, the MEE, the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and four to five essay questions on local law.

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 Palau, on the last Wednesday in 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 Palau bar exam subjects include civil procedure, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law and procedure, evidence, real property, and torts.

Palau requires a minimum scaled MBE score of 120.

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 July of each year.

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.

Palau requires a minimum MEE score of 65.

Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

The MPT is the third component of the Palau 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.

Palau requires a minimum MPT score of 65.

Jurisdiction-Specific Component

The Palau bar exam includes four to five essays consisting of questions specifically on Palauan law. Questions may cover customary law, ethics, land law, the constitution, statutes, the Compact of Free Association, rules (such as the Rules of Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Appellate Procedure), and case law. For more information on this component, please see the Palau Judiciary's website.

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 Palau 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 $135, but the late registration fee is $220.

The MPRE is scored on a scale that ranges from 50 to 100. Palau requires a minimum-passing MPRE score of 75.

Palau bar exam information

Below is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that provides helpful information to Palau bar examinees.

What are the Palau bar exam dates?

The Palau bar exam is offered once a year and is administered over two days. The exam is typically administered on the last Wednesday and Thursday in July.

When do I need to register for the Palau bar exam?

The regular deadline for the July 2023 exam is June 2, 2023. For the latest deadline updates, please see the Palau Judiciary's website.

What are the fees for the Palau bar exam?

The regular application fee for the Palau bar exam is $300. For more details on fees, visit the Palau Judiciary's website.

When will I receive my Palau bar exam results?

Palau bar exam results are available approximately 10 to 12 weeks after administration of the exam.

What is the statewide pass rate for all exam takers in Palau?

50% (July 2022)

Please note that this is not the pass rate for Quimbee Bar Review, but rather the average for all people who took the bar exam in Palau. To see Quimbee Bar Review's pass rates, please go here.

What is the Palau bar exam contact information?

The Palau Judiciary is the organization responsible for overseeing admission to the bar in Palau. It is through this board that you will register for the bar exam, receive exam information, and obtain your score.

Palau Supreme Court
P.O. Box 248
Koror, Palau PW 96940

Phone: (670) 236-9716
E-mail: [email protected]


How do I get Palau bar exam news?

News and information about the Palau bar exam can be found on the Palau Judiciary's website.

What is the best Palau bar exam prep course?

Quimbee does not provide jurisdiction-specific coverage for the Palau bar exam, but you can use Quimbee Bar Review to supplement your prep. All of the course material for Quimbee Bar Review is available from your computer.

Palau Bar Practice Tests

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

Palau 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. Quimbee provides you with detailed explanations for every practice question so that you can understand the difference between the correct and incorrect answers.

Quimbee’s outlines provide comprehensive coverage of all MBE and MEE 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.

So, if you’re wondering how to pass the Palau bar exam, check out Quimbee Bar Review, and you’ll see why Quimbee is the best supplemental course available.

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