48 of 50 states administer the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE). Louisiana and Washington are the only states to exclude the MBE from their bar exams. The MBE is a 200 question multiple choice exam covering 6 subjects: Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Evidence, Property, and Torts. The test is administered the same way on the same day nationwide. You receive 3 hours to complete 100 questions in the morning and 3 hours to complete 100 questions in the afternoon.
Although the answer is always on the page in a multiple choice exam, most students believe the MBE is the most difficult portion of the bar exam. The subjects tested are taught during the first three semesters of law school, and the fact patterns test legal principles in depth. Oklahoma City University School of Law’s initial Conquer the Bar program focused on the MBE. During the last semester of law school, students receive lectures covering the majority of the MBE topics. The substantive lectures provide great groundwork for bar preparation during the summer.
The essential component to successfully completing the MBE is practice questions. The Department of Academic Achievement recommends doing MBE practice questions daily during the summer, and multiple practice exams with analysis are administered at the law school. Supplemental lectures are also provided for the hard topics on the MBE. The combination of pre-bar review lectures, numerous practice questions, and review lectures during the summer teach the necessary skills to pass the MBE.
If you are not taking the Oklahoma bar exam, our out-of-state graduates are not left out of the process either. The study recommendations are created for each jurisdiction a student is taking the bar exam. The review lectures are recorded and posted to the Oklahoma City University School of Law media site, so students across the country can participate in the Conquer the Bar Program.
For more information regarding the MBE, please visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners website.