Iowa Bar Exam Info

Iowa Bar Exam Information

Iowa Bar ExamIowa bar exam format, subjects, scoring, pass rates, dates, and bar review course options. Comprehensive resources to help pass the Iowa Bar Exam.

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Iowa Bar Exam Format


The Iowa Bar Exam is administered over two days. The examiners have adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (“UBE”).

Day 1

The written portion of the exam is administered on the first day of the Iowa bar exam. The written portion of the bar exam consists of the Multistate Performance Test (“MPT”) and the Multistate Essay Exam (“MEE”). You will have three hours to answer two MPT questions. You will have three hours to answer the six MEE questions.

Day 2

The Multistate Bar Exam (“MBE”) is administered on the second day of the Iowa bar exam. The MBE is a multiple-choice test containing 200 questions. The MBE is split into a morning and afternoon session. Each session consists of 100 questions. You have three hours to complete each session.

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Exam Dates

  • July 28-29, 2020 (Subject to Postponement)
  • February 23-24, 2021
  • July 27-28, 2021
  • February 25-26, 2022

Iowa Bar Admissions

Iowa Board of Law Examiners
Office of Professional Regulation
Iowa Judicial Branch Building
1111 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50319

Iowa MPRE Score Requirement

Iowa requires bar exam applicants to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (“MPRE”). You must score 80 or higher on the MPRE in order to pass in Iowa.

Scoring/Grading and Results

In order to pass the Iowa bar exam, you must score at least 266. This equates to 133, based on the MBE’s 200-point scale. The scores of the exam sections are weighted as follows: MPT 20%, MEE 30%, and MBE 50%. Iowa makes bar exam results available approximately six weeks after the exam.


Iowa permits admission based on a UBE score of at least 266 that is transferred from another jurisdiction within the applicable time limit, if every other requirement for admission is fulfilled. Basically, Iowa permits admission without examination for a lawyer who fulfills specified requirements, which include:

  • being licensed in another state or the District of Columbia;
  • practicing law for five of the past seven years; and
  • not having character or fitness problems.
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Iowa Bar Exam Subjects

Iowa Essay Subjects

  • Business Associations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Trusts, Wills, and Estates
  • UCC Article 2 – Secured Transactions
  • All MBE Subjects

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts and Sales
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Property
  • Torts
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Iowa Bar Exam Statewide Pass Rates

Exam DateFirstRepeatTotal
July 201987%30%80%
February 201966%39%56%
July 201886%42%80%
February 201873%36%57%
July 201788%38%82%
February 201778%60%69%
July 201676%19%71%
February 201668%48%61%
July 201591%35%86%
February 201582%54%72%

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