Maine Bar Exam Information

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Maine Bar Exam Format


The Maine Bar Exam is administered over two days.

Day 1

The written portion of the exam is administered on the first day of the Maine bar exam. The examiners have adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (“UBE”). The written portion of the bar exam consists of the Multistate Essay Exam (“MEE”) and the Multistate Performance Test (“MPT”). In the morning, you will have one, three-hour session in which to answer six MEE questions. In the afternoon, you will have one, three-hour session in which to answer two MPT items.

Day 2

The Multistate Bar Exam (“MBE”) is administered on the second day of the Maine 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

  • February 25-26, 2020
  • July 28-29, 2020
  • February 23-24, 2021
  • July 27-28, 2021

Maine Bar Admissions

Maine Board of Bar Examiners
P.O. Box 140
Augusta, ME 04332-0140

Maine MPRE Score Requirement

Maine 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 Maine.

Scoring/Grading and Results

In order to pass the Maine bar exam, you must attain the score of 276. The MBE counts for 50% of the score. The written components count for 50% of the score: 30% for the 6 MEE questions; and 20% for the 2 MPT items. Maine makes bar exam results available approximately 8 to 10 weeks after the exam.


If lawyers from other jurisdictions fulfill certain requirements, then they may have reciprocal admission to the Maine Bar by motion. For lawyers admitted in other jurisdictions, one such requirement is that they have primarily and actively practiced law for at least three of the past five years. Maine has UBE reciprocity for otherwise qualified applicants who earn the minimum UBE score of 276 within the prior 3 years.

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Maine Bar Exam Subjects

Maine 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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Maine Bar Exam Statewide Pass Rates

Exam DateFirstRepeatTotal
July 201864%0%56%
February 201878%37%53%
July 201775%19%68%
February 201771%35%50%
July 201676%40%72%
February 201677%43%60%
July 201564%25%59%
February 201565%82%39%
July 201476%50%73%
February 201479%54%67%

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