Ultimate Guide to Guam Bar Exam
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*Updated July 2022
Guam Bar Exam | Basic Information
The Guam Bar Association is a mandatory bar association for attorneys in Guam and includes at least 400 members.
Guam is not a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) jurisdiction, because part of the Guam Bar Exam is jurisdiction specific. However, the Guam Bar Exam includes each component of the UBE: the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).
Guam also requires that the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) be passed in order to practice there.
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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 $970 and includes 1,750+ 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 $1,999-4,199 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 $2,695 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 $1,299-2,599 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 $1,895 and includes 1,700+ NCBE questions.
BarMax offers lifetime access to its online products.
What’s the format of the Guam Bar?
The Guam bar is only administered twice a year in February and July. The examination is administered over two days on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in July. The Guam bar has four parts: the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), and the local question.
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 about 50% of your Guam bar score.
Crushendo offers affordable, comprehensive written and audio outlines for MBE subjects (in addition to MEE and MPRE subjects).
The MPT consists of two 90-minute tasks where you analyze and apply laws to specific scenarios. Your MPT score, combined with the MEE and local question, make up 50% of the bar exam score. Crushendo offers the most recent MPT questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used.
The MEE consists of six 30-minute legal essays. Your MEE score, combined with the MPT and local question, make up 50% of your Guam bar score.
Guam bar exam 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.
The local question tests knowledge of Guam laws. This question may be in multiple-choice format or in essay format.
See more information here.
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
Are you interested in taking the Guam bar exam? Here’s some basic information on applying to take the Guam bar exam.
The Guam Bar application fee for most takers is $800. There is a $250 late fee.
*Visit the Guam Bar website for more information.
If you desire to take the bar exam in February, the filing deadline is December 1. The late filing deadline is January 2.
If you desire to take the bar exam in July, the filing deadline is May 1. The late filing deadline is June 1.
In addition to passing the Guam bar exam with a score of at least 132.50, there are several requirements that must be met in order to be admitted as an attorney in Guam, including:
- Score 80 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) within the accepted time frame.
- Character and Fitness Review
- Graduate from an ABA-approved law school
Guam Bar Admissions Office
Board Of Law Examiners
Suite 300 Guam Judicial Center
120 W O’Brien Dr. Hagåtña, GU 96910
Phone: (671) 475-3120
Fax: (671) 475-3140
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
What to bring
- Your current driver’s license.
- Your Bar Examination Identification & Certification Card that has your photo, NCBE number, and examinee number
- Any item that can connect to the internet
- Any item that can record audio or video
- Fitness trackers
- Food or drink
- Scratch papers
- Study materials
More information here.
Frequently Asked Questions
When are my Guam bar exam results released?
*February 2022 Guam bar exam results.
Guam bar exam results are usually released six to nine weeks after the exam.
Can I see my Guam bar exam score?
If you passed the Guam bar exam, you won’t be able to see your score. If you failed, you will receive your scores on your failed sections in the mail.
Can I appeal to have my Guam bar exam re-graded?
Yes. You must appeal within 30 days of receiving your score. You must be within 2 points of passing to appeal. You can select a maximum of three essay questions for regrade. The MPT will not be regraded. You must pay a $100 fee to obtain an appeal.
How many times can I take the bar exam in Guam?
You can retake the Guam bar without any limit.
Guam has no reciprocity with any other jurisdiction. You must take the two-day bar exam or, if eligible, take the attorney’s exam to be admitted to the Guam bar. It is possible to gain temporary admission to the Guam bar if you have been practicing for five years or less. Read more here.
You are eligible to take the attorney’s exam if you have been:
- Admitted into the bar of another state for at least five years
- Actively practicing law for the last five years
The attorney’s exam is a one day exam that requires the MEE, MPT, and local question, but does not require the MBE. There is a $1,250 filing fee to take the attorney’s exam.
More helpful resources and study materials to help you pass the Guam bar exam: