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Exam Subjects and Test Format

Bar Exam Subjects and Test Format

For specific testing times, please view the exam testing schedule.
The State Bar of Nevada exam consists of:
A.   Eight essay questions prepared by the Board of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of Nevada. 

Essay examination subjects include a required question on legal ethics as well as the possible following subjects:  Agency and Partnership; Community Property; Conflict of Laws; Constitutional Law; Contracts; Corporations; Criminal Law and Procedure; Evidence; Persons and Domestic Relations; Real Property; Remedies; Torts; Uniform Commercial Code (Articles 2,3 and 9); Wills, Estates and Trusts; as well as pleadings and practices under both the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Both fundamental legal principles and Nevada law are tested and may embrace more than a single subject.
B.   One or more Performance Test questions (MPT),  a 90-minute examination requiring the application of fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation.  Skills tested are factual analysis, legal analysis and reasoning, problem solving, identification and resolution of ethical dilemmas, written communication, and organization and management of legal tasks.*
C.   The Multi-State Bar Examination (MBE). A six-hour, 200-question multiple-choice examination covering Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, Civil Procedure and Torts.*
D.   Additionally, all applicants are required to take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).  This two-hour, 60-question multiple-choice examination is administered three times each year and designed to measure knowledge and understanding of established standards related to a lawyer’s professional conduct.  For further information, please refer to*
(*Reproduced with the permission from the National Conference of Bar Examiners)

State Bar of NV

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State Bar of Nevada
P.O. Box 50
Las Vegas, NV 89125-0050
600 E. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
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