South Dakota Bar Exam Information

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South Dakota Bar Exam Format

The South Dakota Bar Exam is administered over two days.

Day 1

The written portion of the exam is administered on the first day of the South Dakota bar exam. The written portion of the bar exam consists of the Multistate Essay Exam (“MEE”), an Indian law question, and the Multistate Performance Test (“MPT”). You will have three hours to answer the five MEE questions and one Indian law question. You will have three hours to answer two MPT questions.

Day 2

The Multistate Bar Exam (“MBE”) is administered on the second day of the South Dakota 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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  1. South Dakota Bar Review Course – AmeriBar has been helping students pass the South Dakota bar exam for over 15 years.
  2. SouthDakotaBarExam.com – Detailed Information and resources for South Dakota bar exam takers.
  3. MBEQuestionBank.com  – Online question bank with over 2500 simulated MBE questions.

Exam Dates

  • July 30-31, 2019
  • February 25-26, 2020
  • July 28-29, 2020
  • February 23-24, 2021

South Dakota Bar Admissions

South Dakota Board of Bar Examiners
500 E. Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501

South Dakota MPRE Score Requirement

South Dakota requires bar exam applicants to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (“MPRE”). You must score 85 or higher on the MPRE in order to pass in South Dakota.

Scoring/Grading and Results

In order to pass the South Dakota bar exam, you must score 130 on the MBE’s 200-point scale. The scores of the exam sections are weighted as follows: the written portion 50% and MBE 50%. South Dakota makes bar exam results available approximately 8 to 10 weeks after the exam.

Reciprocity

The State of South Dakota permits South Dakota bar exam reciprocity. A person may qualify for admission to the South Dakota Bar without examination if the person fulfills several requirements, some of which include providing evidence:

  • of graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association;
  • that for the past five years they have practiced law in specified capacity; and
  • of certification of admission to practice law in another jurisdiction.

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South Dakota Bar Exam Subjects

South Dakota Essay Subjects

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

MBE Subjects

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

Exam DateFirstRepeatTotal
July 201766%44%60%
February 201775%45%55%
July 201658%43%55%
February 201648%35%43%
July 201575%31%67%
February 201545%13%26%
July 201475%25%73%
February 201476%56%69%
July 201392%75%91%
February 201386%62%76%

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