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 February 2024

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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 normally uses the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the national multiple-choice test, although Nevada has been testing out administering their bar exam without the MBE recently. Nevada also requires the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).

Nevada State Bar Exam Pass Rates

July 2023 (280 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 63%
First-Time Pass Rate: 71%
Repeat Pass Rate: 36%

February 2023 (199 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 53%
First-Time Pass Rate: 65%
Repeat Pass Rate: 36%

February 2022

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

July 2021 (286 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 62%
First-Time Pass Rate: 66%
Repeat Pass Rate: 23%

Nevada Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the Nevada Bar?

The Nevada Bar Exam 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 normally has three parts: the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), seven essay questions, and two Nevada Performance Test (NPT) questions.


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 seven legal essays. 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

Helpful official resources: Here are practice questions and model answers provided by the State Bar of Nevada. And here is an exam subjects and test format page, and a Nevada essay subject matter outline that are also provided by the State Bar of Nevada.

The Nevada essay questions are similar to the MEE questions used in the UBE. This video provides general essay tips that will be useful on this essay portion.

Nevada Performance Test (NPT)

The NPT consists of two 120-minute “questions requiring the application of fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation. Skills tested are factual analysis, legal analysis and reasoning, problem solving, identification and resolution of ethical dilemmas, written communication, and organization and management of legal tasks.”

You can learn more about the NPT by going here.

The NPT is similar to the MPT in the UBE. This video can provide similar tips on how to answer these questions.

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


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


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.

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 (usually) 75, or 138/200. Scores of the three tests comprising the bar are weighted as follows:

  • MBE = 33% of your total score
  • Nevada Bar Essays = 56.5% of your total score
  • MPT = 10.5% of your total score

*A passing score for the MPRE in Nevada is 85/150.

Nevada Bar Exam Results

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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