Bar Exam Subjects and Test Format
For specific testing times, please view the exam testing schedule contained in the Notice to Appear.
NOTE TO JULY 2023 BAR EXAM APPLICANTS:
The July 2023 Bar Exam grading protocols and guidelines have been approved by the Nevada Supreme Court and can be found here.
The information presented below is for the July 2023 bar exam:
The State Bar of Nevada July 2023 bar exam consists of:
- Six one-hour essay questions prepared by the Board of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of Nevada. (open book – with no internet access permitted)
- The Multi-State Bar Examination (MBE) (closed book)
- Two 2-hour NPT examination questions prepared by the Board of Bar Examiners of the State of Nevada requiring the application of fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation. Skills tested are factual analysis, legal analysis and reasoning, problem solving, identification and resolution of ethical dilemmas, written communication, and organization and management of legal tasks. (closed book)
Essay examination and NPT subjects include a required question on legal ethics as well as the possible following subjects: Agency and Partnership; Community Property; Conflict of Laws; Constitutional Law; Contracts; Corporations; Criminal Law and Procedure; Evidence; Persons and Domestic Relations; Real Property; Remedies; Torts; Uniform Commercial Code (Articles 2 and 9); Wills, Estates and Trusts; as well as pleadings and practices under both the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Both fundamental legal principles and Nevada law are tested and may embrace more than a single subject.
Additionally, an applicant is required to take and pass with a score of 85 or higher the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) within three (3) calendar years before or three (3) calendar years after the examination that an applicant passes (SCR 65.5). This two-hour, 60-question multiple-choice examination is administered three times each year by the NCBE and designed to measure knowledge and understanding of established standards related to a lawyer’s professional conduct. For further information, please refer to www.ncbex.org.