Ultimate Guide to Palau Bar Exam

Your complete guide to Palau 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 · Other Resources

*Updated July 2021

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Palau Bar Exam | Basic Information

The Palau Bar Association works with the Palau Supreme Court in managing the Palau Bar exam.

Palau is not a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) jurisdiction, because part of the Palau Bar Exam is jurisdiction specific. The Palau Bar Exam includes the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the national multiple-choice test, and the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) and Multistate Performance Test (MPT). Palau also requires the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).

Palau Bar Exam Pass Rates

July 2019 (7 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 14%
First-Time Pass Rate: 25%
Repeat Pass Rate: 0%

July 2018 (9 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 44%
First-Time Pass Rate: 40%
Repeat Pass Rate: 50%

Palau Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the Palau Bar?

The Palau Bar is administered once a year in Palau in July. The examination is administered over two days in four, three-hour sessions. The Palau Bar has four parts: the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and the Palau Essays.


The MBE is a six-hour test and consists of 200 multiple-choice questions that test your understanding across seven subjects. You must score at least a 120 on the MBE to be admitted to the Palau bar.


The MEE consists of six 30-minute legal essays. You must score a 65 to pass the MEE.

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.


The MPT consists of two 90-minute tasks where you analyze and apply laws to specific scenarios. You must score a 65 to pass the MPT. Crushendo offers the most recent MPT questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used.

Palau Essays

The Palau Essays test your knowledge of Palauan law. You must score at least a 65 to pass the Palau Essays.

Palau essay topics include:

  • Customary law
  • Ethics
  • Land law
  • Palauan Constitution
  • Palau National Code
  • The Compact of Free Association
  • Case law from the Palauan courts

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/Essays (4 hours)
Day 2 MBE (3 hours) MBE (3 hours)


  • July 28-29, 2020
  • July 27-28, 2021
  • July 26-27, 2022
  • July 25-26, 2023

Palau Bar Exam Application

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

The Palau Bar application fee for most takers is $300.

*Visit the Palau Bar’s website for more information.

You must submit your application at least 45 days before the bar exam, about mid June.

In addition to passing the Palau bar exam, there are several requirements that must be met in order to be admitted as an attorney in Palau, 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

Palau Bar Exam: What to Bring

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

Palau Bar Exam Scores and Grading

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

  • MBE requires a score of 120 to pass
  • MEE requires a score of 65 to pass
  • MPT requires a score of 65 to pass
  • Palau Essays requires a score of 65 to pass

*A passing score for the MPRE in Palau is 75/150


Palau Bar Review Course

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Palau Bar Exam Results

Frequently Asked Questions

When are my Palau bar exam results released?

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

Can I see my Palau bar exam score?

If you passed the Palau bar exam, you won’t be able to see your score. If you failed the exam, you will receive your written examination back.

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


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

You can take the Palau bar without limit.

Palau Bar Exam Reciprocity

There is no reciprocity between Palau and any other jurisdiction.

Law Schools in Palau

There are no law schools in the Palau.