Ultimate Guide to Indiana State Bar Exam

Your complete guide to Indiana 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 June 2020

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Indiana State Bar Exam | Basic Information

The Indiana State Bar Association was started in 1896.

Indiana is not a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) state. Indiana has its own bar exam that uses the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the national multiple-choice test. Indiana uses the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), one of the national essay tests. Indiana also requires the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).

Indiana State Bar Exam Pass Rates

February 2020 (246 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 48%
First-Time Pass Rate: 62%
Repeat Pass Rate: 36%

February 2019 (240 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 50%
First-Time Pass Rate: 68%
Repeat Pass Rate: 35%

July 2019 (457 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 65%
First-Time Pass Rate: 76%
Repeat Pass Rate: 23%

July 2018 (453 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 65%
First-Time Pass Rate: 75%
Repeat Pass Rate: 35%

Indiana Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the Indiana Bar?

The Indiana bar is administered twice each year in Indiana (in February and July). The examination is administered over two days in four, three- or four-hour sessions. The Indiana bar has three parts: the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and the Indiana essay exam. 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.

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MPT

The MPT consists of two 90-minute tasks where you analyze and apply laws to specific scenarios. Your MPT score comprises 20% of your score. Crushendo offers the most recent MPT questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used.

Indiana Essays Exam

You have four hours to complete the Indiana essays exam and it is 30% of your total score. The Indiana essays exam consists of six essays in the following areas:

  • Administrative law
  • Business organizations
  • Family law
  • Federal and state personal income tax, corporate tax, and estate and gift tax
  • Indiana constitutional law
  • Indiana employment law (including wage payment and wage claim statutes)
  • Indiana debt collection (including garnishment, attachment, and bankruptcy exemptions)
  • Residential landlord-tenant law
  • Pleading and practice (including statutes of limitation and the Indiana Tort Claims Act)
  • Secured transactions
  • Wills, trusts, and estate

If you want general tips about essay writing, watch this video by Crushendo.

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 (3 hours) MBE (3 hours)
Day 2 Essays (4 hours) MBE (3 hours)

Dates

  • 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

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
  • Indiana Essays = 30% of your total score

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

Indiana Bar Exam Results

View recent bar pass lists:

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?

If you score between 255 to 263, you can appeal your bar exam score. You must send a written request within 14 days of result notification. See more here.

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

You can take the Indiana bar 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