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California Bar Exam and MPRE: 4. The Multistate Bar Exam

This California Bar Exam guide provides an overview of steps law students can take to prepare for the California Bar Exam and the MPRE. Information regarding deadlines, topics covered on the California Bar Exam, and other helpful resources are provided.

Helpful Information

The Multistate Bar Exam

The MBE is developed and graded by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). The MBE consists of an objective six-hour examination containing 200 multiple-choice questions, which are administered in two, three-hour sessions during which 100 multiple-choice questions are presented. The exam consists of questions in the following areas of law:

  • Civil Procedure;
  • Constitutional Law;
  • Contracts;
  • Criminal Law and Procedure;
  • Evidence;
  • Real Property; and,
  • Torts.

Each of the questions on the MBE is followed by four possible answers, from which you should choose the best answer. The questions on the MBE are designed to be answered in accordance with generally accepted, fundamental legal principles unless otherwise noted in the question. Since scores on the MBE are calculated based on the number of questions answered correctly, make sure you answer every question.

The NCBE provides online access to instructions for the MBE, subject matter outlines, and sample test questions for the topics covered on the exam (including civil procedure, which was added in February 2015). MBE study aids, including two online practice exams, are available for purchase at the NCBE's online store.