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Bar Exam In My State


All information provided is subject to change by the Iowa Board of Law Examiners.

The Iowa Bar Exam is designed to test an applicant’s ability to understand and apply various legal principals presented in different formats. The exam consists of one day of multiple choice (Multistate Bar Examination) and one and a half days of essay testing.

The Multistate Bar Examination, or MBE, is divided into two sessions, morning and afternoon. Each session of the MBE consists of 100 multiple choice questions over three hours for a grand total of 200 questions over six hours. For more information on the MBE, including a list of subjects tested, please click here.

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Iowa Bar Exam info

  • Iowa does not disclose how much the MBE contributes to your overall Bar score.
  • Iowa will accept an MBE score from another jurisdiction taken within the last two years.
  • You can expect to get the results of your Iowa Bar Exam in about eight weeks after the date of the exam.

For more information on the Iowa Bar Exam please visit the Iowa Bar Examination site.

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