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Bar Review Guide for Missouri Law Students: General Information

Information about registering and preparing for the Missouri Bar.


This page is designed to assist Missouri law students and others who plan to take the Missouri Bar Exam on the requirements that must be satisfied to sit for the Bar, a schedule of deadlines, and fee information specific to Missouri.  Information on Bar prep courses and links to information about the Bar exam in other states are also provided.

Applying for admission to the Bar is a lengthy process and should be started at least a year in advance of the date of the Bar that you plan to take.  There are several steps involved and as the date of the Bar nears, filing fees increase incrementally.  Please refer to this guide and to the website to ensure that you do not miss any deadlines, as there will be several diffferent deadlines to remember.

To use this guide, you can begin by exploring the links on this Home tab, or go to the 1L, 2L, or 3L tab to check the timeline to see what you can do now to begin the process early, or to view what you need to do in order to complete the process in a timely manner.

Please contact the MU Law Reference Desk (573-884-6362 or with any questions or comments.


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Current Bar Exam Information

The Bar Examination is given in Jefferson City in February and in Columbia in July on the last consecutive Tuesdays and Wednesdays of those months. 

Current bar exam dates, location, and schedule can be found here.  

Click here for the Bar Examination Schedule.

Note: it is helpful to book a hotel room in advance if you are thinking about staying in Jefferson City (and especially if you want to try and stay at one of the test sites).

Requirements Check-List

  • Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE)
  • Application for Character & Fitness
  • Application for the Bar Exam
  • Fingerprints sent to MBLE
  • Required documentation sent to MBLE
  • Filing fees paid when applications are submitted
  • Planning to use a computer to type your essays?  Click here for more information about using your laptop.

Missouri Board of Law Examiners & the Missouri Bar

Missouri Board of Law Examiners: Click on this link to go to the Home Page.  From there, you can register with MBLE, view requisites for applying to sit for the Missouri Bar Exam, Fees, Rule 13 Certification, and other information pertaining to the practice of law in Missouri.

About the Missouri Bar Exam: Click on this link to go directly to the "Applications Forms" page on the website.  From here, you can view filing deadlines, fee schedules, exam dates and locations, logistical information for the day of the Bar exam, statistics about past Bar exams, and other useful information.

Rules: Click on this link to view rules pertaining to the Missouri Board of Law Examiners, admission to sit for the Bar, Character and Fitness, admission to practice law in Missouri, and other topics related to licensure in Missouri courts.

Contact the Missouri Board of Law Examiners by clicking on this link.  A current list of the Board of Law Examiners is also available here.

Missouri Bar Topics

Uniform Bar Exam:

The Supreme Court of Missouri has adopted amendments to Rule 8, effective July 1, 2010, to adopt the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE).  The first administration of the UBE in Missouri will be the February 2011 examination.

The UBE will consist of six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions, two Multistate Performance Test (MPT) items, and the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE). The UBE questions will be graded according to the law of general application and not the law of any specific state.  The following areas of law may be tested on the UBE: Business Associations [Agency and Partnership; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies], Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Federal Civil Procedure, Real Property, Torts, Trusts and Estates [Decedents’ Estates; Trusts and Future Interests], and Uniform Commercial Code [Negotiable Instruments (Commercial Paper); Secured Transactions]. Some questions may include issues in more than one area of law.

Applicants for admission by examination (UBE) shall complete the educational course on Missouri law prescribed by the Board and approved by the Supreme Court of Missouri.  

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Missouri Educational Component:

The review materials ("Missouri Materials") include eleven outlines on the subjects of Torts, Civil Procedure, Real Property, Trusts, Estates, Family Law, Business Associations, Administrative Law, Missouri Courts, Evidence and Trust Account Management.  The Missouri Materials and the MECT are located here.

The Missouri Materials are intended to assist Missouri bar applicants. The Missouri Materials are distributed and presented with the understanding that the Missouri Board of Law Examiners, its committees, authors, reviewers and speakers do not render legal, accounting, tax or other professional advice. The Missouri Materials are provided as research information to be used by bar applicants for the MECT. The Missouri Materials may be used beyond the MECT by the applicants, in conjunction with other research deemed necessary in the exercise of their independent professional judgment. Original and fully current sources of authority should be researched. Although every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the Missouri Materials, the law continues to change and there is no guarantee that every statement is correct. The MECT will be graded upon the information provided in the Missouri Materials as posted at the time of the test given even if such information is later deemed to be incorrect. The Missouri Materials and the MECT are provided in English only.

All applicants must take the MECT and must sign the Certificate of Completion. Once issued and signed by you, the Certificate of Completion must be mailed to the Board of Law Examiners during the time frame outlined in Rule 8.08(c). Prior to mailing, please make certain that your name, email address and telephone number are correct on the form. All Certificates of Completion must be mailed to Board of Law Examiners, P.O. Box 104236, Jefferson City, MO 65110-4236. Your test score is valid in accordance with Rule 8.08(c) from the issue date on the Certificate of Completion.  

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Other Jurisdictions

George Mason University School of Law provides information on taking the Virginia Bar as well as bar exams in the other states.  Click here to visit their site.