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Missouri Bar Exam Information

Uniform Bar Examination (UBE)

Missouri was the first state to adopt the Uniform Bar Examination. The first administration of the UBE will be the February 2011 exam. The goal of the UBE is to increase the portability of a law license. Attorneys who have passed the UBE in one state may transfer their score to another state, which has adopted the UBE, for licensure without taking another bar examination. Attorneys must still pass the character and fitness requirements of the accepting state. Attorneys who wish to transfer their score to another state should verify that the second state has adopted the UBE and any additional requirements it may have.

First Day of Exam

The first day of the examination is divided into two parts, the Multistate Performance Test and the Multistate Essay Examination.

Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

The first day of the examination will include two performance-based questions not to exceed ninety minutes each in length as prepared by the National Conference of Bar examiners. This portion of the examination is designed to test an applicant's ability to use fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation. Each test evaluates an applicant's ability to complete a task which a beginning lawyer should be able to accomplish. It requires applicants to:

(1) sort detailed factual materials and separate relevant from irrelevant facts;
(2) analyze statutory, case, and administrative materials for principles of law;
(3) apply the law to the relevant facts in a manner likely to resolve a client's problem;
(4) identify and resolve ethical dilemmas, when present;
(5) communicate effectively in writing; and
(6) complete a lawyering task within time constraints.

Examples of tasks applicants might be instructed to complete include writing the following:

• A memorandum to a supervising attorney
• A letter to a client
• A persuasive memorandum or brief
• A statement of facts
• A contract provision
• A will
• A counseling plan
• A proposal for settlement or agreement
• A discovery plan • A witness examination plan
• A closing argument

On reserve in the law library, as a bar examination study reference, are sets of some previously given MPTs, including the February 2004 bar examination (Missouri administered the "State v. Miller" MPT; the other two MPTs contained in the booklet were administered in other states). Students are reminded that the National Conference of Bar Examiners holds a copyright on these materials and the materials cannot be photocopied. Students wishing to purchase MPT questions sets, should visit the Conference's web sit at www.ncbex.org  to order the materials. In addition, the Conference make be contacted at the following address:

National Conference of Bar Examiners
302 South Bedford Street
Madison, WI 53703-3622
Phone: 608-280-8550
Fax: 608-280-8552
TDD: 608-661-1275
contract@ncbex.org


The National Conference of Bar Examiners has posted summaries of past years’ MPTs on its website. Point sheets describe the factual and legal points encompassed within the lawyering task to be completed by applicants for each of the tests and outline possible issues and points that might be addressed by an examinee. They may be obtained at http://www.ncbex.org 
The Missouri Board of Law Examiners provides a sample of answers submitted by passing applicants on the MPT. These are unchanged from the actual answers and are not intended to indicate that the answer correctly identifies or responds to all issues raised by the question. These sample answers are supplied as representative answers submitted by applicants who passed the exam. These may be obtained at https://www.mble.org . Multistate Essay Examination (MEE)

This portion of the examination has also been developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. It consists of six questions. The areas of law covered by the questions are: Agency and Partnership, Commercial Paper, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts/Sales, Corporations, Criminal Law and Procedure, Decedents' Estates, Evidence, Family Law, Federal Civil Procedure, Real Property, Secured Transactions, Torts, and Trusts and Future Interests. Some questions include issues in more than one area of law. It requires the applicant to demonstrate an ability to communicate in writing effectively. Subject Matter Outlines are available at www.ncbex.org .

On reserve in the law library are sets of some previously given MEEs. Sample questions may be purchased from the National Conference of Bar Examiners who may be contacted in regard to cost at:

National Conference of Bar Examiners
402 W. Wilson Street
Madison, WI 53703-3614
Phone: 608-280-8550
Fax: 608-280-8552
TDD: 608-661-1275

The National Conference of Bar Examiners has posted questions from the prior year’s MEE on its web site. You may access the questions at http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mee/.

Second Day of Exam – the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)

The second day of the examination is devoted to the examination commonly referred to as the "Multistate Bar Examination" prepared by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, which covers the following subjects as determined by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

• Constitutional Law • Contracts
• Criminal Law and Procedure
• Evidence
• Real Property
• Torts
The MBE is a six-hour, 200-question multiple-choice examination.


 

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