The term Multistate Bar Examination refers to the second of a two-part test that assesses the applicant's knowledge of fundamental legal principles as well as reasoning skills. The Multistate Bar Examination, or MBE, is sponsored by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The purpose of the test is to ensure individuals have the knowledge and skills necessary to practice law in a given state.
In the United States, local state boards of law examiners grant individuals a license to practice their skills. The Multistate Bar Examination, or MBE, is the second of two tests used by state boards to qualify candidates. The test is administered as part of a two day event occurring in late February and July each year. The MBE consists of 200 multiple choice questions in the following areas:
The day is divided into two three-hour sessions. Candidates are expected to answer 100 questions in each session. The examinee's answers are electronically scored and reviewed by testing experts. Once this process is complete, scores are provided to the appropriate jurisdiction. Not all jurisdictions allow scores to be released to examinees. Results are typically considered valid for up to seven years. States oftentimes do not limit the number of times a candidate may attempt to pass the MBE.