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UBE & Non-UBE Bar Exam Dates

UBE & Non-Uniform Bar Exam Dates for Law Students

Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) Dates

For jurisdictions that administer the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), the exam is historically administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in both February and July. The Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) are administered on Tuesday. The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) is administered on Wednesday. As of this writing, 39 jurisdictions administer the UBE.

Non-Uniform Bar Examination Dates

Many jurisdictions that do not administer the UBE still follow the same testing calendar as the UBE. However, there are still a few exceptions. For example, while the UBE is a two-day exam, several states administer a three-day bar exam: Delaware, Louisiana, and Nevada. States that deviate from the UBE have become less common, as over a dozen jurisdictions have adopted the UBE in the past three years alone. Additionally, every state except Louisiana administers the MBE, requiring non-UBE jurisdictions to work their bar exam dates around MBE administration dates. 

To ensure you’re getting the latest information on your state’s bar exam dates, check with your local bar association or board of law examiners.

Bar Exam Dates Subject to Change

It’s important to note that the dates we’ve listed are the dates that jurisdictions traditionally administer the bar exam. These dates are always subject to change, as they did during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re considering taking the bar exam, be sure to check with your jurisdiction to keep up with the latest developments on bar exam dates.

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