Ultimate Guide to Colorado State Bar Exam

Your complete guide to Colorado bar exam prep.

Pass Rates · Bar Review Courses · Format · Essay Topics · Schedule · Dates · Location · Application Fees & Deadlines · What to Bring · Scores & Grading · Results · Reciprocity · Law Schools · Groups · Other Resources

*Updated October 2021

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Colorado State Bar Exam | Basic Information

The Colorado State Bar Association was formed in 1897. There are about 18,000 attorneys are part of the Colorado State Bar Association, which is about 63% of active Colorado lawyers.

Colorado is one of 40+ jurisdictions that have adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). Colorado first administered the UBE in July 2012.

Colorado State Bar Exam Pass Rates

July 2021 (741 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 74%
First-Time Pass Rate: 80%
Repeat Pass Rate: 22%

July 2020 (642 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 78%
First-Time Pass Rate: 83%
Repeat Pass Rate: 25%

February 2021 (313 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 53%
First-Time Pass Rate: unknown
Repeat Pass Rate: unknown

February 2020 (267 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 56%
First-Time Pass Rate: 64%
Repeat Pass Rate: 46%

Colorado Bar Review Courses

Compare top Colorado bar exam prep courses from Crushendo, Barbri, Themis, Kaplan, AmeriBar, BarMax, AdaptiBar, and Quimbee.

Crushendo Barbri Themis Kaplan AmeriBar BarMax AdaptiBar Quimbee
*Cost $790 $1,999-3,999 $2,595 $2,199-3,999 $1,295-2,295 $2,495 $395-960 $999
MBE
MEE
MPT
NCBE Questions 2,000+ 100+ 1,350+ 1,200+ 1,400+ 1,995+ 1,758+ 2,200+
Audio Flashcards
250+ Mnemonics
Access Period Lifetime 8-10 weeks 4 months 4 months Up to 3 years Lifetime 5-12+ months 4 months
Financing 3 payments $250 registration
Founded 2017 1974 2008 1938 1999 2010 2003 2007
Phone (385) 482-1776 (888) 322-7274 (888) 843-6476 (626) 390-7170 (877) 942-2763 (800) 529-2651 (877) 466-1250 N/A

Table last updated: 9/21/21

*Prices shown ignore promotional sales and live tutoring.

Not all competitors shown.

Crushendo’s written and audio outlines utilize 250+ proprietary mnemonics to help you memorize everything you need to know to pass the bar exam on your first try.

Crushendo’s complete bar prep course, the UBE Suite, costs $790 and includes 2,000+ official practice questions from the NCBE.

Crushendo offers lifetime access for all of its bar exam prep products.

Adam Balinski founded Crushendo Bar Review in 2017 (read the founding story here).

The Harcourt publishing company founded Barbri in 1974 when it acquired two bar review programs. Since its founding, Barbri has been owned by large firms including Thomson Reuters and Leeds Equity Partners.

Barbri products have been used by more than a million law school students. In the last 20 years Barbri has settled multiple antitrust lawsuits.

Barbri’s traditional bar prep programs cost $1,999-3,999 and some include 100+ official NCBE questions from past bar exams.

Barbri offers access to its traditional, full-time bar prep course for 8-10 weeks, but early access can be purchased.

Themis Bar Review is based in Chicago and was founded in 2008.

Themis’s bar prep program costs $2,595 and includes 1,350+ NCBE questions.

Themis offers access to its online products for four months.

Stanley Kaplan founded Kaplan, Inc. in 1938.

Kaplan jumped into the bar review space in 2006 when it acquired PMBR, a company that provides test prep for the MBE. In 2008 Kaplan expanded its bar review offerings.

Kaplan’s bar prep programs cost $2,199-3,999 and include 1,200+ NCBE questions.

Kaplan offers access to its online products for four months.

Alexander Nakis founded AmeriBar in 1999. It’s headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida.

AmeriBar’s bar exam prep programs cost $1,295-2,295 and include 1,400+ NCBE questions.

AmeriBar offers access to its online products for up to three years.

Michael Ghaffary and Mehran Ebadolahi founded BarMax in 2010.

BarMax’s bar prep course costs $2,495 and includes 1,995+ NCBE questions.

BarMax offers lifetime access to its online products.

Tarek Fadel founded AdaptiBar in 2003.

AdaptiBar’s MBE prep program costs $395-960 and includes up to 1,758+ NCBE questions.

AdaptiBar offers access to its online products for 5-12 months, or more if you pay extra for early access.

Matt Sellers founded Quimbee in 2007.

Quimbee’s bar prep program costs $999 and includes up to 2,200+ NCBE questions.

Quimbee offers access to its online product for 4 months.

Colorado Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the UBE?

The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is administered twice each year in Colorado (in February, and July). The examination is administered over two days, in four, three-hour sessions. The UBE has three parts: the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).

MBE

The MBE is a six hour test and consists of 200 multiple choice questions that test your understanding across seven subjects. Your MBE score comprises 50% of your overall UBE score.

Watch Crushendo’s free MBE tips video.

MEE

The MEE consists of six 30-minute legal essays. The MEE makes up 30% of your score.

Essay topics may include the following: Business Associations, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Property, Secured Transactions, Torts, Trusts, Unincorporated Business Entities, Wills and Estates, etc.

Crushendo offers the most recent MEE questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used. Watch Crushendo’s free MEE tips video.

MPT

The MPT consists of two 90-minute tasks where you analyze and apply laws to specific scenarios. The MPT makes up 20% of your score. Crushendo offers the most recent MPT questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used. Watch Crushendo’s free MPT tips video.

What’s the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination?

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) tests your understanding of established standards of conduct for lawyers. The MPRE is administered three times each year (in March, August, and November). The test consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and is two hours long. Check out this MPRE Tips video!

Upcoming Bar Exam Schedule, Dates, Location

Schedule

Morning Afternoon
Day 1 MEE (3 hours) MPT (3 hours)
Day 2 MBE (3 hours) MBE (3 hours)

Dates

  • February 22-23, 2022
  • July 26-27, 2022
  • February 21-22, 2023
  • July 25-26, 2023

Location

Colorado Bar Exam Application

Are you interested in taking the Colorado State bar exam? Here’s some basic information on applying to take the Colorado bar exam.

The Colorado Bar application fee for most takers is $710. There is a $200 late fee.

*Visit the Colorado State Bar’s website for more information.

If you desire to take the bar exam in February, the application deadline is December 1. If you want to take the July bar exam, the application deadline is May 1.

In addition to passing the Colorado bar exam with a score of at least 276, there are several requirements that must be met in order to be admitted as an attorney in Colorado, including:

  1. Score 85 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) within the accepted time frame.
  2. Character and Fitness Review

Colorado State Bar Admissions Office

Physical address:

Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Registration
1300 Broadway #510
Denver, CO 80203

Phone number:

Telephone: (303) 928-7770
Fax: (303) 501-1147
bleinfo@csc.state.co.us

Colorado Bar Exam: What to Bring

Allowed items

  • Lightweight sweatshirt (no hoodies or pockets)
  • 1 clear plastic water bottle with label removed
  • 1 cushion or bed pillow with no pillowcase
  • Prescription medications, pain relievers, cold and allergy medications
  • Small snacks without packaging (no peanuts)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small pencil sharpener for Wednesday
  • Laptop computer, extension cord, surge protector, and corded computer mouse
  • Crutches, canes, insulin pumps, or other medically necessary equiptment

Prohibited items

  • Any item that can connect to the internet
  • Any item that can record audio or video
  • Backpacks
  • Books
  • Briefcases
  • Calculators
  • Cameras
  • Notes
  • Phones
  • Food or drink
  • Purses
  • Radios
  • Rulers
  • Scratch papers
  • Study materials

Learn more here.

Colorado Bar Exam Scores and Grading

A passing score for the UBE in the Colorado is 276/400. Scores of the three tests comprising the UBE are weighted as follows:

  • MBE = 50% of your total UBE score
  • MEE = 30%
  • MPT = 20%

*A passing score for the MPRE in Colorado is 85/150.

Colorado Bar Review Course

Crushendo’s comprehensive UBE Suite comes with everything you need to crush the Colorado bar exam.

  • MBE, MEE, and MPT Prep
  • 250+ Proprietary Mnemonics
  • 2,000+ Licensed NCBE Questions
  • Audio Flashcards
  • Lifetime Access

Colorado Bar Exam Results

View lists of those who passed the Colorado State Bar Exam, posted on the Colorado State Bar Association’s website:

Frequently Asked Questions

When are my Colorado bar exam results released?

February bar exam results are usually posted about April 30. July bar exam results are usually posted in September.

Can I see my Colorado bar exam score?

If you passed the Colorado bar exam, you won’t be able to see your score. If you failed the exam, you will be able to view your exam in the online portal in ten business days.

Can I appeal to have my Colorado bar exam re-graded?

No.

How many times can I take the bar exam in Colorado?

You can retake the UBE in Colorado without any limit.

Colorado Bar Exam Reciprocity

Applicants seeking admission to the Colorado State Bar without taking the bar exam, must comply with Reciprocity Requirements.

You will are able to have reciprocity with Colorado if you live in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, DC, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Virgin Islands, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

In order to be eligible for admittance to the Colorado State Bar, without taking the bar examination, you must:

  • Show proof of being admitted to the bar in a reciprocal state
  • Hold a JD or LLB from an ABA approved law school
  • Proof of good standing in the bar in another state
  • Proof of active legal standing in at least three of the last five years
  • Completion of a six hour course on professionalism

Law Schools in Colorado

Here’s a list of law schools in Colorado.

University of Colorado School of Law

Sturm College of Law

  • Founded: 1892
  • Located: Denver, CO
  • Enrollment: about 775
  • Tuition Cost: $76,182 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 77%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: law.du.edu