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Indiana Bar Exam Essays

Overview of the Indiana Bar Examination

The Indiana Bar Examination is a two day examination consisting of the Multistate Performance Test ("MPT"), the Indiana Essay Examination, and the Multistate Bar Examination ("MBE").  The bar exam is offered twice yearly, once in February and once in July.

Multistate Performance Test

The MPT is developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners and is administered in the morning session of the first day of the bar exam.  It consists of two questions designed to examine fundamental lawyering skills such as problem solving, legal analysis and reasoning, factual analysis, communications, organization and management of a legal task, and recognizing ethical dilemmas.  Examinees are allocated a total of three hours to complete the two skills questions.  The MPT consists of 20% of the overall exam score. 

Indiana Essay Examination

The Indiana Essay Examination, consisting of six essays, is offered in the afternoon session of the first day of the bar exam.  Examinees are allocated a total of four hours to answer the six essay questions.  The potential subject matters tested are: 

The topics to be tested on the Indiana Essay Examination effective February 18, 2018 are as follows:

  • Administrative law
  • Business organizations
  • Family law
  • Federal and state personal income tax, corporate tax, and estate and gift tax
  • Indiana constitutional law
  • Indiana employment law, including wage payment and wage claim statutes
  • Indiana debt collection, including garnishment, attachment, and bankruptcy exemptions
  • Residential landlord-tenant law
  • Pleading and practice, including statutes of limitation and the Indiana Tort Claims Act
  • Secured transactions
  • Wills, trusts and estates

The Indiana Essay Examination comprises 30% of the exam score. 

Multistate Bar Examination

The MBE is a six hour, 200 question multiple choice exam.  It is developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners and is offered on the morning and afternoon sessions of the second day of the exam.  A total of 100 questions are included in each session and all 200 questions are then combined for grading purposes.  The subject areas tested on the MBE are:

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

The MBE comprises 50% of the exam score.   

Indiana Bar Exam Information
The Indiana Bar Examination is administered twice each year:

  • on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February, and
  • on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in July

2017 Bar Exam Dates: February 21-22, July 25-26

Deadlines and Fees
Application must be postmarked by November 15 for the February exam and by April 1 for the July exam. Will not be accepted before October 1 for the February exam and February 1 for the July exam. Indiana Bar Exam fee: $250. Late filing (with additional $250 fee) allowed 15 days past deadline.

The Indiana Bar Exam is a two-day exam held in Indianapolis. Day 1: Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions and a four-hour Indiana Essay (IE) exam consisting of six questions. Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a six-hour 200 question, multiple-choice exam.

Grades and Results
The Indiana Bar Exam will be weighted: MPT 20%, IE 30%, MBE 50%. The passing score will be a combined scaled score; 264 is required for passing. Normally, results are released 75 days after the exam.

The Multi-State Professional Responsibility Exam

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is a 60-question, two-hour-and-five-minute, multiple-choice examination administered three times each year. The passing score for the MPRE is a scaled score of eighty and must be achieved within two years before or after the date the applicant successfully takes the Indiana bar examination.

2017 MPRE Dates
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Saturday, November 4, 2017

IndyBar MPRE Review Courses
The IndyBar offers a review course prior to each MPRE date.Search the event calendar here to find the next course.

Helpful Links
State Board of Law Examiners-for additional information regarding the Indiana Bar Exam, including all admission requirements and the Bar Exam application

National Conference of Bar Examiners-for additional information about the MBE and MPT sections of the Bar Exam, as well as MPRE information.