The Smart Guide to the North Carolina Bar Exam

A Guide to Mastering the North Carolina Bar Exam

North Carolina Bar Exam Format

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

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


Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

200 multiple choice

Multistate Essay Exam (MEE)

6 essays

Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

2 writing assignments

North Carolina Bar Exam Dates

Feb. 2023 exam: February 21-22, 2023
July 2023 exam: July 25-26, 2023

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

How to Prepare for
the North Carolina Bar Exam

(FREE Study Guides)

Click the links above for FREE study guides covering each section of the bar exam.

Contact Info

Board of Law Examiners of the State of North Carolina
5510 Six Forks Rd., Ste. 300
Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone:        (919) 848-4229
Fax:             (919) 848-4277

Frequency Charts

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Subjects Tested on North Carolina 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 North Carolina, the UBE minimum passing score is 270.

Jurisdiction-Specific Component


General Applicants and UBE Transfer Applicants are required to successfully complete the UBE North Carolina State-Specific Component to be eligible for licensure. This component is an online course comprising 6 one-hour video courses on North Carolina law subject areas, with three hurdle questions to be answered correctly at the conclusion of each subject area video.

This jurisdiction-specific component is given separately from the bar exam.