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 · Other Jurisdictions

*Updated February 2024

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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 Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) state, because part of the Hawaii Bar Exam is jurisdiction specific. However, the Hawaii Bar Exam still includes each component of the UBE: the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).

Hawaii also requires that the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) be passed in order to practice there.

Hawaii State Bar Exam Pass Rates

July 2023 (142 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 63%
First-Time Pass Rate: 75%
Repeat Pass Rate: 18%

February 2023 (102 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 54%
First-Time Pass Rate: 58%
Repeat Pass Rate: 48%

February 2022

Overall Pass Rate: 67%
First-Time Pass Rate: 81%
Repeat Pass Rate: 38%

July 2021 (175 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 70%
First-Time Pass Rate: 74%
Repeat Pass Rate: 50%

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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.


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.


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.


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.

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


Morning Afternoon
Day 1 MPT/Legal Ethics (3.5 hours) MEE (3 hours)
Day 2 MBE (3 hours) MBE (3 hours)


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


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.

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.

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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?


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