The Smart Guide to the Washington State Bar Exam

A Guide to Mastering the Washington State Bar Exam

Washington State Bar Exam Format

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

Washington State 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

Washington State Bar Exam Dates

July 2024 exam: July 30-31, 2024
Feb. 2025 exam: Feb. 25-26, 2025

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

How to Prepare for
the Washington State Bar Exam

(FREE Study Guides)

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

Contact Info

Washington State Bar Association
1325 4th Ave., Ste. 600
Seattle, WA 98101-2539

Phone:        (206) 727-8209
Fax:             (206) 727-8313

Frequency Charts

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Subjects Tested on Washington State 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 Washington State, the UBE minimum passing score is 266.

On March 15, 2024, the Washington Supreme Court issued an order reducing the minimum UBE passing score in Washington from 270 to 266 for all bar exams administered from July 2020 forward (including examinations already administered in February 2023, July 2023, and February 2024). The minimum passing score of 266 applies equally to UBE Score Transfers.

Jurisdiction-Specific Component


Washington Law Component (WLC) is an open-book, timed, online multiple-choice test with Washington-specific study materials available online to review prior to and during the test.

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