***Maine also offers a Maine Attorneys’ Exam for qualifying attorneys.
Maine Prepared Essays
The Maine essay section tests six (6) essays. Each essay is 45-minutes but may also include essays from the Multistate Essay Exam (“MEE”).
The essays will include the following Maine rules and subjects:
The essays may also include the following subjects:
MPT (Performance Test)
Maine tests one (1) MPT performance test.
MBE (Multiple Choice)
Maine uses the standard MBE. Subjects include:
MBE Score Transfer
Maine accepts MBE scores from other jurisdictions. Maine accepts scaled scores achieved within the past 61 months (10 exams). Attorneys who have practiced law for at least three of the past five years may also qualify for a Maine Attorneys’ Exam.
Morning – 4 Essays (3 hours)
Afternoon – 2 Essays and 1 MPT (3 hours)
Morning – MBE Part I (100 questions; 3 hours)
Afternoon – MBE Part II (100 questions; 3 hours)
The Maine bar exam is held twice each year on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. The bar exam is held in Portland, Maine. Applications can be found on the Maine State Board of Bar Examiners’ Website.
|Exam Date||Preliminary Date||Application Deadline||Late Deadline
|Feb. 21-22, 2017||Oct. 15||Dec. 20||+7 days||+14 days|
|July 25-26, 2017||March 15||May 20||+7 days||+14 days|
Maine Bar Exam Weight
The written scores are scaled to the MBE scaled score.
The minimum passing score is a scaled score of 138. Bar exam results must be mailed to the applicants within 75 days of the bar exam.
Not currently available.
Review and Appeal for Applicants Failing the Maine Bar Exam
Unsuccessful applicants may obtain a copy of any essay question, the applicant’s answer, and sample answers. Applicants must request the materials within 30 days after the mailing of the exam results.
Applicants failing the Maine bar exam may reapply to take a subsequent exam upon payment of the same fee required of an original applicant. Applicants who pass one part the of exam and fail another part may not carry forward the partial passing score to a subsequent Maine bar exam, except for the use of an MBE score.