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Preparing for the Bar: Library Information & Resources

This guide provides information for graduates preparing for the bar exam.

Minnesota Bar Exam

The Minnesota State Board of Law Examiners is responsible for licensing attorneys to practice law in the State of Minnesota.  Admission to the Minnesota Bar is through a bar examination or years of practice.  The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is administered twice a year- on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July.  The UBE consists of  six (6) Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) questions, two (2) Multistate Performance Test questions (MPT), and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE).  Subjects tested on the exam are listed here.  Representative good answers to previous Minnesota Bar Essay questions for the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) can be found here.

Bar Information For States Other Than Minnesota

The National Conference of Bar Examiners provides information and bar requirements for all states and U.S. Territories.  Comprehensive information on all U.S. state and territories may be found here.  For state specific information on a particular exam, select the appropriate jurisdiction from the "Jurisdiction Information" menu. The NCBE also has a JULY 2020 BAR EXAM: JURISDICTION INFORMATION web page that includes a clickable map and information/announcements concerning state bar exams this July and postponements to this fall.

Patent Bar

In order to practice as an attorney before the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), one must meet certain requirements demonstrating relevant legal, science and technical qualifications.  Learn more about the Patent Exam, including registration information on the USPTO website.


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