Ultimate Guide to North Dakota State Bar Exam

Your complete guide to North Dakota 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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North Dakota State Bar Exam | Basic Information

The State Bar Association of North Dakota was formed in 1899. There are 2,900 members in the state, and it is the oldest unified state bar association in the country.

North Dakota is one of 40+ jurisdictions that have adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). North Dakota first administered the UBE in February 2011.

North Dakota State Bar Exam Pass Rates

July 2023 (43 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 60%
First-Time Pass Rate: 67%
Repeat Pass Rate: 29%

February 2023 (39 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 54%
First-Time Pass Rate: 69%
Repeat Pass Rate: 43%

February 2022 (25 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 68%
First-Time Pass Rate: 85%
Repeat Pass Rate: 50%

July 2021 (65 takers)

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

North Dakota Bar Review Courses

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

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NCBE Questions 1,750+ 100+ 1,350+ 1,200+ 1,400+ 1,700+
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250+ Mnemonics
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North Dakota Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the UBE?

The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is administered twice each year in North Dakota (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 MEE (3 hours) MPT (3 hours)
Day 2 MBE (3 hours) MBE (3 hours)


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


North Dakota Bar Exam Application

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

North Dakota State Bar Admissions Office


State Board of Law Examiners
Judicial Wing, 1st Fl.
600 E Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58505-0530

Phone number: (701) 328-4201

Email: barexaminers@ndcourts.gov

North Dakota 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

North Dakota Bar Exam Scores and Grading

A passing score for the UBE in North Dakota is 260/400. 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 North Dakota is 85/150.

North Dakota Bar Review Course

Crushendo’s comprehensive UBE Suite comes with everything you need to crush the North Dakota bar exam.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

When are my North Dakota bar exam results released?

February bar exam results are normally posted in April. July bar exam results are normally posted in September. *February 2022 bar exam results news release.

Can I see my North Dakota bar exam score?

If you passed the North Dakota bar exam, you won’t be able to see your score. If you failed the exam, you can send a letter to the North Dakota Bar Admissions Office and ask for your written responses, which they will mail to you.

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


How many times can I take the bar exam in North Dakota?

You can retake the UBE six times in North Dakota.

North Dakota Bar Exam Reciprocity

Attorneys from all states, territories, and districts are eligible to have reciprocity with North Dakota if they meet the Reciprocity Based on Practice requirements:

  • Have a JD from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Actively practice law for at least four of the last five years.
  • Pass a Character and Fitness Investigation.

Law Schools in North Dakota

Here’s a list of law schools in North Dakota.

University of North Dakota School of Law

  • Founded: 1899
  • Located: Grand Forks, ND
  • Enrollment: about 200
  • Tuition Cost: View tuition breakdown$42,835
  • Bar Passage Rate: 79%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: law.und.edu

Helpful Groups

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

University of North Dakota School of Law