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Bar Exam

Drake Law School has provided information for current students about applying for and taking the bar exam.

The February 2021 Bar

Reserving Exam Space on Campus

The February 2021 Bar Exam will be administered remotely. If you need to reserve space in the Law Library to take the exam, please reserve a room via the signup sheet below by Monday, February 15th at 4:30 pm. Alumni who graduated prior to December 2020 may also reserve space via the signup sheet.

If you do not have a laptop with a webcam, please contact Emily Fleming prior to reserving a room. We have a limited number of desktop computers with webcams, and we will do our best to accommodate your requests. 

To fill out the signup sheet pick a room for each date you would like to reserve space. 

Update: The mandatory orientation session on Monday, February 22nd from 9-10 am. You may reserve space to attend that virtual session in the signup sheet below.

Each day your reserved space will be available starting at 8 am, you are expected to be in your exam space, ready to receive instructions at 8:30 am. To locate your reserved room, refer to the maps of the library

The signup sheet can be found here

Bar Exam Test Options

Uniform Bar Exam

The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is coordinated by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and consists of the MEE, the MPT, and the MBE.

The UBE gives test takers a portable score that they can use to practice law in the other UBE jurisdictions: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Each state sets its own minimum passing score and testing requirements.

Find more information at www.ncbex.org/exams/ube.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination

The NCBE also administers the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE), a two-hour, 60-question, multiple-choice ethics examination offered three times a year. It is required for admission to the bars of all but three U.S. jurisdictions (Maryland, Wisconsin, and Puerto Rico).

Each state sets its own minimum score requirement. The state of Iowa requires a score of 80 or above to sit for the Iowa Bar Exam.

Find more information at www.ncbex.org/exams/mpre.

Other Test Requirements

Non-UBE jurisdictions set their own testing and scoring requirements. To learn more about each state's requirements and subjects tested, see a List of State Bar Exam Websites.

For Iowa requirements, visit the Iowa Bar Exam website.

Character and Fitness

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Students are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Bar Exam Components

Check out state bar websites to see the requirements of the state you are interested in, subjects tested, and any MPRE requirements. You should regularly visit your respective bar’s website for information and updates.

 

Multistate Essay Exam

The Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) consists of six 30-minute essay questions administered in a three-hour session.

The following subjects may be tested:

  • Business Associations (Agency and Partnership, Corporations and LLCs)
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law (Federal)
  • Contracts (including Uniform Commercial Code (Sales)) (Art. 2)
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence (Federal Rules of Evidence)
  • Family Law
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates, Trusts and Future Interests)
  • Uniform Commercial Code (Secured Transactions) (Art. 9)

Some MEE questions may include issues from more than one area of law. Conflict of Laws issues are embedded in the other MEE topic areas; they do not appear as stand-alone questions. Uniform Commercial Code issues may require the applicants to know the general principles and applicable definitions set forth in Art. 1.

Learn more at www.ncbex.org/exams/mee.

Multistate Performance Test

The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) consists of two 90-minute performance tests. User jurisdictions may select one or both MPT items to include as part of their bar examinations.

Jurisdictions that administer the Uniform Bar Examination use both MPT items.

Learn more at www.ncbex.org/exams/mpt.

Multistate Bar Examination

The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) consists of two three-hour sessions (100 multiple choice questions per session).

The MBE tests the following subjects:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Federal Civil Procedure

Find more information at www.ncbex.org/exams/mbe.

Prepare for the Bar Exam

1. Register for the Bar Exam Preparation Course, offered both fall and spring semesters.

2. Find resources, sample questions and more on the Drake Law Library website.

3. Consider commercial courses, such as BARBRI, Kaplan, Pieper Bar Review, or Themis.

4. For questions or concerns, contact Erin Lee Schneider, Assistant Dean for Student Services.

Bar Exam Application and Registration

In Iowa (and some other states) you have two applications you must submit to the bar during your law school career. The first is the Law Student Registration Form; the second is the Iowa Bar Examination Application.

Download the Iowa Bar Examination Application and the Law Student Registration Form on the Iowa Bar Examination website.

Note: If more space is needed to complete the forms, use an additional piece of paper. Do not alter the formatting or add lines to the document.

Send a printed copy of the completed form to the Office of Professional Responsibility:

Office of Professional Responsibility
1111 East Court Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50319

As part of the Iowa Bar Exam Application, an Affidavit of the Dean must be filed with the Office of Professional Regulation. For students who indicate on their graduation application their intent to sit for the Iowa bar immediately following their graduation, the Dean's Office will automatically prepare the Affidavit of the Dean and submit the same to the Office of Professional Regulation, provided the student has completed the Authorization for Release of Information form and submitted the release to Krista Magill in the Dean's Office. To access the form, download the Authorization for Release of Information.

Any student who plans to sit for a bar examination outside the state of Iowa must contact Krista Magill in the Dean's Office to request completion of specific bar certification forms and provide the appropriate forms.

Iowa Bar Examination Application Deadlines

Exam Date             
Application Deadline
Fee
February Nov. 1 $550
July April 1 $550

Law Student Registration Form Deadlines

Registration Date
Form Deadline 
Fee    
First Year of Law School Nov. 1 $50
February Exam July 1 $150
February Exam: Late Registration Nov. 1 $250
July Exam Dec. 1 $150
July Exam: Late Registration April 1 $250

For more information and the applications, visit the Iowa Bar Examination website.


Questions? Contact Dean Erin Lee Schneider, Assistant Dean for Student Services, at 515-271-2948 or erin.schneider@drake.edu . 

 
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