Ultimate Guide to Indiana State Bar Exam

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Indiana State Bar Exam | Basic Information

The Indiana State Bar Association was started in 1896.

Indiana is one of 40+ jurisdictions that have adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). Indiana first administered the UBE in July 2021. Indiana also requires the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).

Indiana State Bar Exam Pass Rates

February 2022 (161 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 55%
First-Time Pass Rate: 71%
Repeat Pass Rate: 37%

February 2021 (146 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 49%
First-Time Pass Rate: 65%
Repeat Pass Rate: 30%

July 2021 (432 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 69%
First-Time Pass Rate: 78%
Repeat Pass Rate: 27%

August 2020 (511 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 78%
First-Time Pass Rate: 86%
Repeat Pass Rate: 61%

Indiana Bar Review Courses

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

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*Cost $890 $1,999-3,999 $2,595 $2,199-3,999 $1,295-2,295 $2,495
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MBE
MEE
MPT
NCBE Questions 1,750+ 100+ 1,350+ 1,200+ 1,400+ 1,995+
Audio Flashcards
250+ Mnemonics
Access Period Lifetime 8-10 weeks 4 months 4 months Up to 3 years Lifetime
Financing 3 payments $250 registration
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Last updated: 12/29/21

*Cost ignores promotions and live tutoring.

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 $890 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 $1,999-3,999 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.

Indiana Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the UBE?

The UBE is administered twice each year in Indiana (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 Performance Test (MPT), and the the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE). See more information on the format here.

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.

Crushendo offers affordable, comprehensive written and audio outlines for MBE subjects (in addition to MEE and MPRE subjects).

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

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

Location

Indiana Bar Exam Application

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

The Indiana Bar application fee for most takers is $250 if you file an early application. There is a $250 late fee.

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

If you desire to take the bar exam in February, you should submit your application by November 15 to avoid late fees. If you file between November 15 and November 30, you will pay a $250 late fee.

If you desire to take the bar exam in February, you should submit your application by April 1 to avoid late fees. If you file between April 1 and April 15, you will pay a $250 late fee.

In addition to passing the Indiana bar exam with a score of at least 264, there are several requirements that must be met in order to be admitted as an attorney in Indiana, including:

  1. Score 80 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

Indiana State Bar Admissions Office

Physical address:

Office of Admissions and Continuing Education
251 N. Illinois Street, Suite 550
Indianapolis, IN 46204

 

Phone number: (317) 232-2552

Email: ble@courts.in.gov

Indiana Bar Exam: What to Bring

Allowed Items

  • Laptop
  • Power cord (with extension cord)
  • External mouse and mouse pad
  • Government ID, car keys, hotel key
  • Highlighters, pens, pencils
  • Feminine hygiene products

Prohibited items

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

Indiana Bar Exam Scores and Grading

A passing score for the bar in Indiana is 264. Scores of the three tests comprising the bar are weighted as follows:

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

*A passing score for the MPRE in Indiana is 80/150.

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Indiana Bar Review Course

Crushendo’s comprehensive UBE Suite comes with everything you need to crush the Indiana Bar Exam.

  • MBE, MEE, and MPT Prep
  • 250+ Proprietary Mnemonics
  • 1,750+ Licensed NCBE Questions
  • Audio Attack Outlines
  • Audio Flashcards
  • Lifetime Access

Indiana Bar Exam Results

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Frequently Asked Questions

When are my Indiana Bar Exam results released?

Indiana Bar Exam results are usually posted nine to ten weeks after the exam date.

Can I see my Indiana Bar Exam score?

If you passed the Indiana 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 Indiana Bar Exam re-graded?

No.

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

You can take the Indiana Bar Exam without limit.

Indiana Bar Exam Reciprocity

Indiana has reciprocity with any state or the District of Columbia. In order to be admitted on a foreign license, you must meet the following requirements according to Rule 6:

  • Actively be engaged in the practice of law for five of the last seven years
  • Be a member in good standing of the bar of your state
  • Meet Character and Fitness requirements
  • Graduate from an ABA-approved law school
  • Have not failed the Indiana bar within five years

Law Schools in Indiana

Here’s a list of law schools in Indiana.

University of Notre Dame School of Law

  • Founded: 1869
  • Located: Notre Dame, IN
  • Enrollment: about 600
  • Tuition Cost: $63,090 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 90%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: law.nd.edu

Maurer School of Law (Indiana University Bloomington)

Robert H. McKinney School of Law (Indiana University)

Valparaiso University Law School

  • Founded: 1879
  • Located: Valparaiso, IN
  • Enrollment: about 100
  • Tuition Cost: $41,522 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 47%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: valpo.edu/law

Helpful Groups

Here are some Facebook groups you may find helpful before, and after, passing the bar exam:

Notre Dame School of Law

Maurer School of Law (Indiana University Bloomington)

Robert H. McKinney School of Law (Indiana University)

Valparaiso University Law School