Ultimate Guide to Vermont State Bar Exam

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

The Vermont Bar Association was formed in 1878. Current law students are allowed membership.

Vermont is one of 30+ states that have adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). Vermont first administered the UBE in July 2016.

Vermont State Bar Exam Pass Rates

February 2020 (100 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 75%
First-Time Pass Rate: unknown
Repeat Pass Rate: unknown

February 2019 (41 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 59%
First-Time Pass Rate: 64%
Repeat Pass Rate: 46%

July 2019 (76 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 61%
First-Time Pass Rate: 61%
Repeat Pass Rate: 50%

View detailed statistics

July 2018 (71 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 70%
First-Time Pass Rate: 73%
Repeat Pass Rate: 43%

Vermont Bar Review Courses

Compare top Vermont 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.

Vermont Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the UBE?

The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is administered twice each year in Vermont (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 MPT (3 hours) MEE (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

Vermont Bar Exam Application

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

The Vermont Bar application fee for most first-time takers is $300. There is a $50 late fee and a $50 laptop fee.

*See the Vermont fee schedule for more information.

If you desire to take the bar exam in February, the deadline is December 1. If you desire to take the bar exam in July, the deadline is May 1.

In addition to passing the Vermont bar exam with a score of at least 270, there are several requirements that must be met in order to be admitted as an attorney in Vermont, including:

  1. Score 80 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) within the accepted time frame.
  2. Certificate of Good Standing

Vermont State Bar Admissions Office

Physical address:

Office of Attorney Licensing
Costello Courthouse
32 Cherry St., Suite 213
Burlington, VT 05401

Phone: (802) 859-3000
Fax: (802) 859-3003

Vermont 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.
  • Pens and pencils are provided to examinees.
  • 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

Vermont Bar Exam Scores and Grading

A passing score for the UBE in Vermont is 270/400. 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 Vermont is 80/150.

Vermont Bar Review Course

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

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

Vermont Bar Exam Results

View lists of those who passed the Vermont State Bar Exam, posted on the Vermont State Bar Association’s website:

Frequently Asked Questions

When are my Vermont bar exam results released?

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

Can I see my Vermont bar exam score?

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

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

Yes, you may appeal to the Vermont courts to have your bar exam re-graded.

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

You can retake the UBE four times in Vermont.

Vermont Bar Exam Reciprocity

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

If you are part of a bar in any of the states, territories, or jurisdictions in the United States, you are able to have reciprocity with the State of Vermont if approved by the Board. In order to be eligible for admittance to the Vermont State Bar, without taking the bar examination, you must:

  • Be licensed and have good standing
  • Have proof of active legal standing in at least five of the last 10 years
  • Not have failed the Vermont bar or scored less than 270 in the last five years

Law Schools in Vermont

Here’s a list of law schools in Vermont.

Vermont Law School

  • Founded: 1972
  • Located: South Royalton, VT
  • Enrollment: about 450
  • Tuition Cost: $46,848 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 70%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: vermontlaw.edu