Ultimate Guide to Hawaii State Bar Exam

Your complete guide to the Hawaii State Bar Exam.

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 June 2020

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Hawaii State Bar Exam | Basic Information

The Hawaii State Bar was started in 1899 and has over 8,000 members. Participation is required for all practicing lawyers in Hawaii. Hawaii is not a UBE state, but the Hawaii bar exam has all of the components of the UBE exam including the MBE, MEE, and MPT. However, Hawaii does not have the same reciprocity benefits as UBE states.

Hawaii State Bar Exam Pass Rates

February 2020 (unknown takers)

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

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February 2019 (105 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 63%
First-Time Pass Rate: 77%
Repeat Pass Rate: 38%

July 2019 (167 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 62%
First-Time Pass Rate: 71%
Repeat Pass Rate: 35%

July 2018 (256 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 81%
First-Time Pass Rate: 87%
Repeat Pass Rate: 37%

Hawaii Bar Review Courses

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

Crushendo Barbri Themis Kaplan AmeriBar BarMax AdaptiBar Quimbee
Cost $240-790 $2,495-4,095 $1,595-2,695 $2,299-3,999 $895-2,545 $699-1,499 $395-1,065 $499-999
MBE
MEE
MPT
MPRE
NCBE Questions 2,000+ 100+ Unknown 1,200+ 1,400+ 1,905+ 1,700+ 1,830+
Audio Flashcards
250+ Mnemonics
Facebook Rating 5/5 Disabled 4.8/5 Disabled Disabled 4.4/5 4.4/5 Disabled
Access Period Lifetime 3 months 4 months 4 months Up to 3 years Lifetime 5-7 months 5 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

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 UBE Suite costs $790 and includes 2,000+ official questions from the NCBE.

Crushendo offers lifetime access to 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 bar prep programs cost $2,495-4,095 and include 100+ official NCBE questions from past bar exams.

Barbri offers access to its online products for three months.

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

Themis publishes its pass rates publicly on its website.

Themis bar prep programs cost $1,595-2,695 and include an unknown amount of 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 $2,299-3,999 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 $895-2,545 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 exam prep programs cost $699-1,499 and include 1,905+ NCBE questions.

BarMax offers lifetime access to its online products.

Tarek Fadel founded AdaptiBar in 2003.

AdaptiBar’s bar exam prep programs cost $395-1,065 and include up to 1,700+ NCBE questions.

AdaptiBar offers access to its online products for 5-7 months.

Matt Sellers founded Quimbee in 2007.

Quimbee’s bar prep programs cost $499-999 and include up to 1,830+ NCBE questions.

Quimbee offers access to its online products for 5 months.

Hawaii Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the Hawaii Bar?

The Hawaii Bar is administered twice each year in Hawaii (in February and July). The examination is administered over two days in four sessions. The Hawaii Bar has four parts: the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and the Hawaii Legal Ethics Examination.

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 score.

26 MBE Bar Prep Tips (2020) | Crushendo Bar Review

MEE

The MEE consists of six 30-minute legal essays.

Hawaii 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.

Bar Exam Essay Writing Tips (2020) | 17 MEE Tips | Bar Prep

MPT

The MPT consists of two 90-minute tasks where you analyze and apply laws to specific scenarios. Crushendo offers the most recent MPT questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used.

Top 15 Bar Exam MPT Tips (2020) | MPT Tips & Tricks | Bar Prep | Bar Exam

Legal Ethics

The Hawaii Legal Ethics Examination is a 30 minute exam with 15 questions. This exam is based on the Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct.

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 MPT/Legal Ethics (3.5 hours) MEE (3 hours)
Day 2 MBE (3 hours) MBE (3 hours)

Dates

  • February 25-26, 2020
  • July 28-29, 2020
  • February 23-24, 2021
  • July 27-28, 2021
  • February 22-23, 2022
  • July 26-27, 2022
  • February 21-22, 2023
  • July 25-26, 2023

Location

Hawaii Bar Exam Application

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

The Hawaii Bar application fee for most takers is $500.

*Visit the Hawaii State Bar Admission Office’s website for more information.

If you desire to take the bar exam in February, you must submit your application by November 1. If you want to take the July bar exam, you must submit your application by April 1.

In addition to passing the Hawaii bar exam with a score of at least 268, there are several requirements that must be met in order to be admitted as an attorney in Hawaii, including:

  1. Score 85 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) within the accepted time frame.
  2. Certificate from Committee of Character and Fitness
  3. Be a graduate of an ABA approved law school
  4. Complete the Hawaii Professionalism course

Hawaii State Bar Admissions Office

Physical address:

Ali`iolani Hale
417 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawai`i 96813-2943

 

Phone: 539-4977

Email: baradmissions@courts.hawaii.gov

Hawaii Bar Exam: What to Bring

What to bring

  • Your current driver’s license.
  • Your Bar Examination Identification & Certification Card that has your photo, NCBE number, and examinee number.

Important notes

  • You need to have these items with you for each of the four testing sessions.
  • Laptop testers should not bring their laptop in a case or bag.

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

Hawaii Bar Exam Scores and Grading

A passing score for the Hawaii bar is 268/400. Scores of the four tests comprising the bar are weighted as follows:

  • MBE = 50% of your total score
  • MEE, MPT, Legal Ethics = 50%

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

Hawaii Bar Review Course

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

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

Hawaii Bar Exam Results

View pass lists for previous years.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are my Hawaii bar exam results released?

Hawaii bar exam results are usually posted six to nine weeks after the exam date. February bar exam results are normally posted in April. July bar exam results are normally posted in October.

Can I see my Hawaii bar exam score?

If you passed the Hawaii bar exam, you won’t be able to see your score. If you failed the exam, you will receive your written examination back.

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

No.

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

There is no limit to how many times you can take the bar in Hawaii.

Hawaii Bar Exam Reciprocity

Hawaii does not have reciprocity with any other state, district, or territory in the United States. You must take the Hawaii bar exam to be admitted here.

Law Schools in Hawaii

Here’s a list of law schools in Hawaii.

William S. Richardson School of Law