Indiana State Board of Law Examiners
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Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Bradley Skolnik

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Board of Law Examiners > Bar Admissions > By Examination > Overview of the Indiana Bar Examination 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 written by the members of the State Board of Law Examiners, 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: 

  • Administrative Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law
  • Indiana Constitutional Law
  • Family Law
  • Pleading and Practice
  • Personal Property
  • Taxation (Federal and State)
  • Wills, Trusts & 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

It is anticipated that within the next few years, the subject of Civil Procedure (under the federal rules) will be added to the MBE.  The MBE comprises 50% of the exam score.   




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