The Uniform Bar Examination (UBE)

The Uniform Bar Exam is all that stands in the way of you and your dreams of becoming an attorney. What is this exam, what questions does it ask, and how can The High Bar help you succeed?

About the Uniform Bar Exam

If you dream of becoming an esquire, you have to pass the Bar Exam. Created by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, the Uniform Bar Exam is a multistate, uniform assessment that indicates whether you’re qualified to practice law. The exam is broken down into three parts conducted over the course of two days.

How The High Bar Can Help

Our goal is simple: to help you pass the bar. Our online application and Writing Guide is intentionally designed to help you learn the law while developing a better understanding of the Bar Exam, its questions, and its purpose. This is essential for success on the MEE, MPT, and MBE.

Through our Tutor Tips and Rule Funnel method, you’ll discover how you can easily break down essay questions and make connections between factual scenarios and the legal system. Meanwhile, our adaptable content will pinpoint your weaker subtopics so you know where to devote your attention.

The Writing Guide is focused on the MEE and MPT. However, our active reading techniques, Tutor Tips, and emphasis on recall of the law over just recognition have been shown to increase confidence and performance on the MBE too. With real-time grading, guided tours, and expert insights, The High Bar lets you study for the bar (and master the bar) in a way that’s designed for you with your success in mind.

The Writing Guide was a great asset for working on my essay writing. It allowed me to focus on specific areas within each subject, while giving me a chance to run through many different essays quickly yet effectively.

Alexis G.

About the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)

The MBE is a 200-question, multiple-choice exam written by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The test is offered twice per year: once on the last Wednesday of February and again on the last Wednesday in July. This six-hour exam is administered in two three-hour testing blocks, each containing 100 questions. Every jurisdiction except Louisiana incorporates the MBE. So if you are taking the UBE, the MBE will certainly appear on your exam. The MBE is worth 50 percent of your overall score. This means if you want to pass the bar, you have to pass the MBE.

What is covered on the MBE?

The MBE covers seven subjects: constitutional law, contracts, criminal law and procedure, evidence, federal civil procedure, real property, and torts. During the exam, students are asked to apply fundamental legal principles and analyze fact pattern by choosing one correct answer from four available choices.

Recognition vs Recall: How to Improve Your MBE Score

The MBE is a tricky exam where knowledge and practice of the law cannot be underestimated. However, the multiple-choice format does provide you with an advantage. Within the four available choices, there are many clues to help you arrive at the correct answer. This is testing your recognition memory. Do you recognize the issue you’re being asked about?

But the MBE is also about recall. This starts by memorizing the law. It’s vital that you don’t focus all of your efforts on the multiple-choice portion. Many students push off studying for their open-ended essay questions, however, by working through bar exam essays, practicing active reading techniques, and writing out substantive knowledge of the law, performance on your MBE section will naturally improve too. By being able to recall the law and learning it better, you’ll more easily recognize correct versus incorrect answer choices. 

This is where our Writing Guide can help! In fact, students who use the Writing Guide have consistently reported an improvement not only in their essays but on their MBE scores too!

By using the Writing Guide, my essay writing and timing noticeably improved. Additionally, written practice reinforced my knowledge of the law and that resulted in increasing my MBE accuracy and score by 20 points.

– Darren L.

The sample answers were well-written and easily digestible. They included solid rule statements that I began to use as my own when those issues arose. I preferred The High Bar’s sample answers over those provided by my traditional bar review course.

Christian D.

About the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE)

The MEE is one of two written components of the UBE and consists of six essay questions. The MEE is offered in 37 states plus the District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, and the Virgin Islands. Depending on your jurisdiction, the MEE will be a three-hour exam administered in either the morning or afternoon of the last Tuesday of February or July and will be worth 30 percent of your overall score.

What is covered on the MEE?

The testable subjects on the MEE include both the MBE and MEE subjects. These include Agency and Partnership, Corporations and Limited Liability Companies, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Real Property, Torts, Trusts and Estates (Decedents’ Estates; Trusts and Future Interests), and Article 9 (Secured Transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code. The purpose of the MEE is to test the examinee’s ability to identify legal issues raised by a hypothetical yet factual situation, present a reasoned analysis, and demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the law. The primary distinction between the MEE and the MBE is that the MEE requires the examinee to demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate their point in writing as opposed to selecting their answer via multiple choice.

How to Master the MEE

We understand that the essay portion of the UBE can be challenging, especially when you don’t know beforehand what you’ll be asked. Our Writing guide can help you up your study game by providing you with real essay questions licensed from the NCBE. We offer 200 of the best MEE questions to practice with. You’ll also have access to realistic and digestible sample answers, rated by students as preferable to those provided by the NCBE or other bar review courses. Every question has a sample answer and grading grid that provides clear, straightforward, and accurate content, as well as Tutor Tips and the Rule Funnel™ so that you can learn and master writing your own high scoring response.

We are constantly maintaining the Writing Guide’s content, flashcards, and essays to ensure they accurately reflect any updates in the law. This guarantees that you are always receiving the most up-to-date content.

About the Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

The MPT is the second written component of the UBE. It presents a closed-universe task that asks you to identify, analyze, and resolve real-world ethical dilemmas and legal issues. 

The MPT is offered in 43 states plus the District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, and the Virgin Islands. Jurisdictions may select one or both MPT items to include as part of their bar examinations, but if you are taking the UBE, then you will encounter two back-to-back MPT tasks. Depending on your UBE jurisdiction, the MPT will be a three-hour exam administered in either the morning or afternoon of the last Tuesday of February or July and will be worth 20 percent of your overall score.

What is covered on the MPT?

This portion of the exam isn’t used to measure your memorized knowledge. Rather, it tests your legal research and writing skills. 

The MPT is designed to test an examinee’s ability to use fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation and complete a task that a beginning lawyer should be able to accomplish. In this portion, you will be given a File, Library, and Task Memo. The research and writing assignment tasks vary but may include writing a Memorandum, Letter, Brief, or something more unusual like a Will or Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your legal research and writing skills and show the bar examiners why you deserve your license to practice law.

How to Study for the MPT

Like the MEE, the MPT can seem like a daunting exam to prepare for! The High Bar’s Writing Guide includes licensed MPT questions from past bar exams released by the NCBE. Our editors have specifically selected a diverse array of MPT questions to provide a thorough representation of the types of tasks that you may encounter on the exam, including but not limited to Memorandum, Letters, Briefs, Wills, Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law, and two-part tasks too. 

Like our MEE questions, our MPT questions also come with sample answers that students have frequently turned to for added support. Each sample answer and grading grid is intended to demonstrate clear and concise legal writing. By reviewing these sample answers and the application’s Tutor Tips, you will learn how to confidently and quickly draft the MPT task. 

Want to say thank you for all your help – especially your advice on the MPT. I prepared the outline you suggested and it was really helpful – no constant flicking through the material – and I finished with time to spare. I made sure to quote cases and legislation as suggested. The lady next to me didn’t finish and I’m sure that without your advice that would have happened to me too.

– Catherine H.

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