The Smart Guide to the Iowa Bar Exam

A Guide to Mastering the Iowa Bar Exam

Iowa Bar Exam Format

Iowa Bar Exam Sections - MBE 200 Multiple Choice, MPT 2 Writing Assignments, MEE 6 Essays

Iowa is a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) jurisdiction. All UBE jurisdictions use the same 3 sections:

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Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

200 multiple choice
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Multistate Essay Exam (MEE)

6 essays
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Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

2 writing assignments

Iowa Bar Exam Dates

July 2022 exam: July 26-27, 2022
Feb. 2023 exam: February 21-22, 2023

*The Iowa Bar Exam takes place on the last Tuesday & Wednesday of February and July.

How to Prepare for
the Iowa Bar Exam

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Contact Info

Iowa Board of Law Examiners
Office of Professional Regulation
Iowa Judicial Branch Building
1111 East Court Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50319

Website:      https://www.iowacourts.gov/
Phone:         (515) 348-4670
Fax:              (515) 348-4698

Frequency Charts

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Subjects Tested on Iowa Bar Exam

MEE Essay Subjects

  1. Business Associations (Agency, Partnerships, Corporations, LLC’s)
  2. Civil Procedure
  3. Conflict of Laws
  4. Constitutional Law
  5. Contracts
  6. Criminal Law & Procedure
  7. Evidence
  8. Family Law
  9. Real Property
  10. Secured Transactions
  11. Torts
  12. Trusts & Future Interests
  13. Wills & Estates

MBE Subjects

  1. Civil Procedure
  2. Constitutional Law
  3. Contracts
  4. Criminal Law & Procedure
  5. Evidence
  6. Real property
  7. Torts

Minimum Passing Score

For Iowa, the UBE minimum passing score is 266.

Jurisdiction-Specific Component

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