The Smart Guide to the South Dakota Bar Exam

A Guide to Mastering the South Dakota Bar Exam

South Dakota Bar Exam Format

The South Dakota Bar Exam contains 4 sections:

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Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

200 multiple choice
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Multistate Essay Exam (MEE)

5 essays
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Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

2 writing assignments
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South Dakota Essay

1 essay

South Dakota requires the following for a passing score:

  • Scaled score of 135 or greater on the MBE; and
  • Average score of 75% or greater on the written component of the exam (which includes 2 MPT’s, 5 MEE essays, and 1 South Dakota essay question).

South Dakota Bar Exam Dates

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

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

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Contact Info

South Dakota Board of Bar Examiners
500 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501

Website:      https://ujs.sd.gov/
Phone:         (605) 773-4898
Fax:              (605) 773-8479

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