Ultimate Guide to Palau Bar Exam
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. Palau has its own bar exam that uses all of the components of the UBE including the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) and the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE). Palau also requires the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).
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. Your MEE score comprises 30% of your bar score.
Palau bar exam 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. Your MPT score comprises 20% of your UBE score. Crushendo offers the most recent MPT questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used.
The Palau Essays test your knowledge of Palauan law.
Palau essay topics include:
- Customary law
- 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
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:
- Score 75 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) within the accepted time frame.
- Certificate from Committee of Character and Fitness
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
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.
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