New Jersey Bar Exam

New Jersey Bar Exam Format

The New Jersey bar exam is the Uniform Bar Exam (“UBE”). The New Jersey bar exam consists of the Multistate Performance Test (“MPT”), Multistate Essay Exam (“MEE”), and the Multistate Bar Exam (“MBE”).

MPT (Performance Test)
New Jersey tests two (2) MPT performance tests.

MEE (Essays)
New Jersey tests six (6) essays. Subjects include:

  • Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations and LLCs)
  • Civil Procedure (Federal)
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (Common Law, Sales/UCC Art. 2)
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Negotiable Instruments/Commercial Paper (UCC Art. 3)
  • Real Property
  • Secured Transactions (UCC Art. 9)
  • Torts
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents’ Estates; Trusts and Future Interests)

MBE (Multiple Choice)
New Jersey uses the standard MBE. Subjects include:

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (Common Law, Sales/UCC Art. 2)
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Torts

Score Transfer
New Jersey accepts scores within 36 months of the test date. New Jersey accepts scores earned prior to February, 2017 when New Jersey implemented the UBE.

New Jersey Bar Exam Testing Schedule

Day 1
Morning – MPT/MEE
Afternoon – MPT/MEE

Day 2
Morning – MBE Part I (100 questions; 3 hours)
Afternoon – MBE Part II (100 questions; 3 hours)

New Jersey Bar Exam Dates and Application

The New Jersey bar exam is held on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. Applications can be found on the New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners’ Website.

Exam Date Timely Late Deadline Final deadline
February 21-22, 2017 Oct. 1-31 Nov. 1-15 Nov. 16-30
July 25-26, 2017 March 1-31 April 1-15 April 16-30


New Jersey Bar Exam Weight

MEE 30%
MPT 20%
MBE 50%

Grading Procedure
The New Jersey bar exam is grades using scaled scores.

Passing Score
The minimum passing score is a combined average score of 266.

Pass Rates
Not currently available.

Review and Appeal for Applicants Failing the New Jersey Bar Exam
Not currently available.

Retaking the New Jersey Bar Exam

Applicants may reapply to take the New Jersey bar exam.