The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) developed the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). This is a two-day exam offered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. Day 1 is the written portion of the exam which is comprised of the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). Day 2 is the multiple-choice component known as the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE).
The MEE consists of six 30-minute questions covering several different substantive areas of law. This accounts for 30 percent of your overall UBE score.
The MBE subjects and the MEE subjects are fair game to be tested on the MEE. These subjects include:
- Agency and Partnerships
- Civil Procedure
- Conflict of Laws
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
- Family Law
- Real Property
- Secured Transactions
The NCBE notes that the purpose of the MEE is to test the “the examinee’s ability to (1) identify legal issues raised by a hypothetical factual situation; (2) separate material which is relevant from that which is not; (3) present a reasoned analysis of the relevant issues in a clear, concise, and well-organized composition; and (4) demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental legal principles relevant to the probable solution of the issues raised by the factual situation.”
The MPT is also developed by NCBE and consists of two 90-minute items. This component is worth 20 percent of your overall UBE score.
The purpose of the MPT is “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. The MPT is not a test of substantive knowledge. Rather, it is designed to evaluate certain fundamental skills lawyers are expected to demonstrate regardless of the area of law in which the skills are applied.”