Ultimate Guide to Oregon State Bar Exam

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

The Oregon State Bar was formed in 1935. There are about 15,000 attorneys that are a part of the Oregon State Bar Association, including about 6,000 women attorneys.

Oregon is one of 30+ states that have adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). Oregon first administered the UBE in July 2017.

Oregon State Bar Exam Pass Rates

February 2020 (168 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 63%
First-Time Pass Rate: 69%
Repeat Pass Rate: 47%

February 2019 (197 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 58%
First-Time Pass Rate: 72%
Repeat Pass Rate: 39%

July 2019 (367 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 75%
First-Time Pass Rate: 84%
Repeat Pass Rate: 25%

July 2018 (421 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 73%
First-Time Pass Rate: 78%
Repeat Pass Rate: 39%

Oregon Bar Review Courses

Compare top Oregon bar exam prep courses from Crushendo, Barbri, Themis, Kaplan, AmeriBar, BarMax, AdaptiBar, and Quimbee.

Crushendo Barbri Themis Kaplan AmeriBar BarMax AdaptiBar Quimbee
Cost $240-790 $2,495-4,095 $1,595-2,695 $2,299-3,999 $895-2,545 $699-1,499 $395-1,065 $499-999
MBE
MEE
MPT
MPRE
NCBE Questions 2,000+ 100+ Unknown 1,200+ 1,400+ 1,905+ 1,700+ 1,830+
Audio Flashcards
250+ Mnemonics
Facebook Rating 5/5 Disabled 4.8/5 Disabled Disabled 4.4/5 4.4/5 Disabled
Access Period Lifetime 3 months 4 months 4 months Up to 3 years Lifetime 5-7 months 5 months
Financing 3 payments $250 registration
Founded 2017 1974 2008 1938 1999 2010 2003 2007
Phone (385) 482-1776 (888) 322-7274 (888) 843-6476 (626) 390-7170 (877) 942-2763 (800) 529-2651 (877) 466-1250 N/A

Crushendo’s written and audio outlines utilize 250+ proprietary mnemonics to help you memorize everything you need to know to pass the bar exam on your first try.

Crushendo’s UBE Suite costs $790 and includes 2,000+ official questions from the NCBE.

Crushendo offers lifetime access to its bar exam prep products.

Adam Balinski founded Crushendo Bar Review in 2017 (read the founding story here).

The Harcourt publishing company founded Barbri in 1974 when it acquired two bar review programs. Since its founding Barbri has been owned by large firms, including Thomson Reuters and Leeds Equity Partners.

Barbri products have been used by more than a million law school students. In the last 20 years Barbri has settled multiple antitrust lawsuits.

Barbri’s bar prep programs cost $2,495-4,095 and include 100+ official NCBE questions from past bar exams.

Barbri offers access to its online products for three months.

Themis Bar Review is based in Chicago and was founded in 2008.

Themis publishes its pass rates publicly on its website.

Themis bar prep programs cost $1,595-2,695 and include an unknown amount of NCBE questions.

Themis offers access to its online products for four months.

Stanley Kaplan founded Kaplan, Inc. in 1938.

Kaplan jumped into the bar review space in 2006 when it acquired PMBR, a company that provides test prep for the MBE. In 2008 Kaplan expanded its bar review offerings.

Kaplan’s bar prep programs cost $2,299-3,999 and include 1,200+ NCBE questions.

Kaplan offers access to its online products for four months.

Alexander Nakis founded AmeriBar in 1999. It’s headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida.

AmeriBar’s bar exam prep programs cost $895-2,545 and include 1,400+ NCBE questions.

AmeriBar offers access to its online products for up to three years.

Michael Ghaffary and Mehran Ebadolahi founded BarMax in 2010.

BarMax’s bar exam prep programs cost $699-1,499 and include 1,905+ NCBE questions.

BarMax offers lifetime access to its online products.

Tarek Fadel founded AdaptiBar in 2003.

AdaptiBar’s bar exam prep programs cost $395-1,065 and include up to 1,700+ NCBE questions.

AdaptiBar offers access to its online products for 5-7 months.

Matt Sellers founded Quimbee in 2007.

Quimbee’s bar prep programs cost $499-999 and include up to 1,830+ NCBE questions.

Quimbee offers access to its online products for 5 months.

Oregon Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the UBE?

The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is administered twice each year in Oregon (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).

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 UBE score.

26 MBE Bar Prep Tips (2020) | Crushendo Bar Review

MEE

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.

Bar Exam Essay Writing Tips (2020) | 17 MEE Tips | Bar Prep

MPT

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.

Top 15 Bar Exam MPT Tips (2020) | MPT Tips & Tricks | Bar Prep | Bar Exam

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 MEE (3 hours) MPT (3 hours)
Day 2 MBE (3 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

Oregon Bar Exam Application

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

The Oregon Bar application fee for most takers is $750. 

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

If you desire to take the bar exam in February, the application deadline is November 15. If you want to take the July bar exam, the application deadline is April 15.

In addition to passing the Oregon bar exam with a score of at least 274, there are several requirements that must be met in order to be admitted as an attorney in Oregon, including:

  1. Score 85 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) within the accepted time frame.
  2. Character and Fitness Review
  3. Be actively engaged in the practice of law for three of the past five years

Oregon State Bar Admissions Office

Mailing address:

P.O. Box 231935
Tigard, OR 97281-1935

Telephone: (503) 620-0222
Email:  info@osbar.org

Oregon Bar Exam: What to Bring

Allowed Items

  • Unwrapped food
  • Clear plastic bag
  • Pencils for Wednesday
  • Computer and charging cord Tuesday

Earplugs will be provided

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
  • Watches

Learn more here.

Oregon Bar Exam Scores and Grading

A passing score for the UBE in Oregon is 274/400. 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 Oregon is 85/150.

Oregon Bar Review Course

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

  • MBE, MEE, MPT, and MPRE Prep
  • 250+ Proprietary Mnemonics
  • 2,000+ Licensed NCBE Questions
  • Audio Flashcards
  • Lifetime Access

Oregon Bar Exam Results

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

Frequently Asked Questions

When are my Oregon bar exam results released?

February bar exam results are usually posted in April. July bar exam results are usually posted in September.

Can I see my Oregon bar exam score?

If you passed the Oregon bar exam, you won’t be able to see your score.

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

No.

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

You can retake the UBE in Oregon without any limit.

Oregon Bar Exam Reciprocity

Applicants seeking admission to the Oregon State Bar, without taking the bar exam, must comply with Reciprocity Requirements.

You are able to have reciprocity with Oregon if you live in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Virgin Islands, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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

  • Show proof of being admitted to the bar in a reciprocal state
  • Have proof of good standing in the bar in another state
  • Have proof of active legal standing in at least five of the last seven years
  • Pay a $1,175 fee

Law Schools in Oregon

Here’s a list of law schools in Oregon.

University of Oregon School of Law

Willamette University College of Law

Lewis & Clark Law School