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Important Multistate Bar Exam Change

Effective with the February 2015 administration of the MBE, a seventh content area — Civil Procedure — will be covered for the first time. The MBE consists of 200 multiple-choice questions, of which 190 are scored items and 10 are un-scored pretest items. The current list of topics includes Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts. The addition of Civil Procedure will mean that the number of questions per topic will decrease. Starting in 2015, there will be 28 questions covering Contracts, and 27 questions covering each of the six remaining topics, for a total of 190.

Test specifications for the MBE Civil Procedure items will be announced no later than June 30, 2013. In the meantime, the specifications for Civil Procedure, already a topic on the Multistate Essay Examination, are available on the National Conference of Bar Examiners website. The website is the best source for obtaining information about all NCBE tests.