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Maine State Bar Exam | Basic Information

The Maine State Bar Association was founded in 1891. There are about 3,000 attorneys in the Maine State Bar Association.

Maine is one of 40+ jurisdictions that have adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) for their state bar review. Maine first administered the UBE in February 2017.

Maine Bar Exam Pass Rates

July 2023 (150 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 68%
First-Time Pass Rate: 78%
Repeat Pass Rate: 20%

February 2023 (69 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 36%
First-Time Pass Rate: 51%
Repeat Pass Rate: 17%

February 2022

Overall Pass Rate: 40%
First-Time Pass Rate: 52%
Repeat Pass Rate: 27%

July 2021

Overall Pass Rate: 59%
First-Time Pass Rate: 0%
Repeat Pass Rate: unknown

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Maine State Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the UBE?

The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is administered twice each year in Maine (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 Essay Exam (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).


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 UBE score.

Watch Crushendo’s free MBE tips video.


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.


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


Morning Afternoon
Day 1 MPT (3 hours) MEE (3 hours)
Day 2 MBE (3 hours) MBE (3 hours)


  • July 30–31, 2024
  • February 25–26, 2025


Maine Bar Exam Application

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

Maine State Bar Admissions Office

Maine Board of Bar Examiners
P.O. Box 140
Augusta, ME 04332

Email: execdir@mainebarexaminers.org

Phone: 207-623-2464

Maine 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

Maine Bar Exam Scores and Grading

A passing score for the UBE in Maine is 270/400. Scores of the three tests comprising the UBE are weighted as follows:

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

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

Maine Bar Review Course

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Maine Bar Exam Results

View lists of those who passed the Maine State bar exam, posted on the Maine State Bar Association’s website:

Frequently Asked Questions

When are my Maine bar exam results released?

The Maine bar tries to release bar exam results by May or by October.

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


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

There’s no limit to how many times you can retake the UBE in Maine.

Maine Bar Exam Reciprocity

All states, territories, and districts have reciprocity with the state of Maine.

In order to be eligible for admittance to the Maine State Bar, without taking the bar examination, you must:

  • Be admitted to practice law in another U.S. state or territory
  • Have practiced law for three of the five years prior to your application

Law Schools in Maine

Here’s a list of law schools in Maine.

University of Maine School of Law

Helpful Groups

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

University of Maine School of Law