Since its creation in 2011, states across the country have rapidly embraced the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), a standardized test created by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). It is now administered in more than half of the 50 states, including New Jersey which began using the UBE in February 2017.
The UBE consists of three parts: the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). Here are useful breakdowns of each:
The Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)
The Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) accounts for 50% of the UBE and is comprised of 200 multiple-choice questions. Candidates have six hours to complete this section, during which they’re expected to identify the “best” answer from among four choices provided.
There are seven subjects that are tested on the MBE:
- Civil Procedure
- Constitutional Law
- Contracts and Sales
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Real Property
The Multistate Essay Exam (MEE)
The Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) accounts for 30% of the UBE and consists of six 30-minute essays to be completed within a three-hour time frame. According to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, the purpose of the MEE is to test candidates' abilities to "identify legal issues raised by a hypothetical factual situation; (2) separate material which is relevant from that which is not; (3) present a reasoned analysis of the relevant issues in a clear, concise, and well-organized composition; and (4) demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental legal principles relevant to the probable solution of the issues raised by the factual situation."
In addition to the seven subjects tested on the MBE (Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property and Torts), the MEE tests:
- Conflict of Laws
- Family Law
- Future Interests
- Limited Liability Companies
- UCC Article 9
The Multistate Performance Test (MPT)
The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) accounts for the remaining 20% of one’s UBE score. It assesses candidates' legal problem-solving skills and their abilities to use fundamental lawyering skills in realistic situations. Candidates receive two 90-minute MPT assignments to complete in three hours. They are required to read a booklet of 10 to 24 pages in length, containing fact-related documents as well as legal sources like cases and statutes, and then prepare a written document like a brief, letter, memo, or arbitration clause. It is designed to ensure candidates know the fundamental skills of lawyering, regardless of the area of law these skills are applied.
In order to pass the UBE in New Jersey, a candidate must receive a minimum passing Score of 266.
Pieper Bar Review Can Help You Pass the UBE in New Jersey
Passing the UBE in New Jersey begins with the important decision of selecting a bar review course. Choosing the right one is critical to your success on the UBE, so you'll want to conduct ample research before enrolling. When you prepare with Pieper Bar Review, you enlist a passionate team of bar review experts who are dedicated to helping you pass the UBE.
Our instructors have been helping candidates pass the bar exam for more than 40 years.
- 150 hours of lectures (more than any other bar review course) with unlimited, on-demand access
- Instructors who teach, rather than review, the necessary information
- More than 1,500 multiple choice practice questions, including every actual exam question released by the National Conference of Bar Examiners within the past 10 years
- An essay-writing workshop, plus the opportunity to submit 12 essays to our team of trained attorneys who will review your work and guide you on how to improve
- Pieper’s team of attorneys, who will answer your legal questions at any time, any day
- Mnemonic devices to help you efficiently recall essential legal concepts during the bar exam
- Process of elimination tips
- John, Troy and Damian Pieper, who share a commitment to the bar exam and students' success
How do you pass the UBE in New Jersey? Begin by enrolling with Pieper.
Pieper's bar review course prepares you for the exam, as well as your career in the legal world once you pass it. Choose Pieper, because Pieper people pass.
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