Ultimate Guide to Nevada State Bar Exam

Your complete guide to Nevada 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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Nevada State Bar Exam | Basic Information

The State Bar of Nevada was started in 1982. It includes more than 100,000 legal professionals.

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

Nevada State Bar Exam Pass Rates

February 2020 (unknown takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 52%
First-Time Pass Rate: unknown
Repeat Pass Rate: unknown

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February 2019 (559 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 57%
First-Time Pass Rate: 69%
Repeat Pass Rate: 46%

July 2019 (3,162 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 61%
First-Time Pass Rate: 70%
Repeat Pass Rate: 30%

July 2018 (287 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 57%
First-Time Pass Rate: 69%
Repeat Pass Rate: 16%

Nevada Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the Nevada Bar?

The Nevada bar is administered twice each year in Nevada (in February and July). The examination is administered over two and a half days in five, three-hour sessions. The Nevada bar has three parts: the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), eight essay questions, and one Multistate Performance Test (MPT) question.

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 33% of your overall score.

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Essay Questions

The essay questions consist of eight legal essays. Your essays score, combined with your score on the MPT, comprises 67% of your score. One question is required to be on ethics. The question will cover Nevada Law topics as well as general topics.

Nevada bar exam essay topics may include the following:

  • Agency and Partnership
  • Community Property
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Corporations
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Persons and Domestic Relations
  • Real Property
  • Remedies
  • Torts
  • Uniform Commercial Code (Articles 2 and 9)
  • Wills
  • Estates and Trusts
  • Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Here are practice questions provided by the Nevada bar. Here is a subject matter outline provided by the Nevada bar.

MPT

The MPT consists of two 90-minute tasks where you analyze and apply laws to specific scenarios. Your MPT score, combined with your essay score, comprises 67% of your total score. Crushendo offers the most recent MPT questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used.

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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 4 Essay Questions 1 MPT
Day 2 MBE MBE
Day 3 4 Essay Questions No test

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

Nevada Bar Exam Application

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

The Nevada Bar application fee for most takers is $755. There is a $550 late fee.

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

If you desire to take the bar exam in February, you should submit your application by October 1 to avoid late fees. If you file between October 2 and December 1, there is a $555 late fee. December 1 is the final deadline.

If you desire to take the bar exam in July, you should submit your application by March 1 to avoid late fees. If you file between March 2 and May 1, there is a $555 late fee. May 1 is the final deadline.

There is an additional $150 laptop fee.

In addition to passing the Nevada bar exam with a score of at least 75, there are several requirements that must be met in order to be admitted as an attorney in Nevada, including:

  1. Score 75 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

Nevada State Bar Admissions Office

Physical address:

State Bar of Nevada
3100 W. Charleston Blvd. Suite 100
Las Vegas, NV 89102

 

Phone number: (702) 382-2200

Nevada Bar Exam: What to Bring

Allowed Items

  • Wallet and keys
  • Odorless food that does not crunch
  • Prescription medication in original bottle
  • Pre-inspected mouse and/or keyboard

Bring all of these items in separate plastic bags.

Provided Items

  • Pens, pencils, highlighters
  • Scratch Paper
  • Ear plugs
  • Tissues
  • Water

These items are provided by the Bar, and you are not allowed to bring them from home.

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
  • Purses
  • Radios
  • Rulers
  • Scratch papers
  • Study materials

Find more information on allowed items here.

Nevada Bar Exam Scores and Grading

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

  • MBE = 50% of your total score
  • Nevada Bar = 50% of your total score

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

Nevada Bar Exam Results

View recent bar pass lists:

Frequently Asked Questions

When are my Nevada bar exam results released?

Nevada bar exam results are usually posted six to nine weeks after the exam date.

Can I see my Nevada bar exam score?

If you passed the exam, you can see your MBE score but not your essay score. Those who failed the exam will have their scores and the formula sent to them.

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

No. You can have your multiple choice hand-graded if you pay $10.

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

You can take the Nevada bar without limit.

Nevada Bar Exam Reciprocity

There is no reciprocity between Nevada and any other jurisdiction.

Law Schools in Nevada

Here’s a list of law schools in Nevada.

William S. Boyd School of Law (UNLV)

  • Founded: 1998
  • Located: Las Vegas, NV
  • Enrollment: about 450
  • Tuition Cost: $37,800 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 76%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: law.unlv.edu