Missouri Bar Exam: A Basic Guide

Resent law school graduates often times have the same questions. What qualifications do I need to have to sit for the Missouri Bar Exam? How do I register for the Missouri Bar Exam? What will be on the Missouri Bar Exam? And where can I get free study materials? Luckily this article will give you answers to all of these questions.

QUALIFICATIONS

To sit for the Missouri Bar Exam you will only need to meet basic requirements. The first of these requirements is that you must have graduated from an ABA approved law school with a JD or an LLB. Next you will need to take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam and pass it with a score of at least 80 points. Finally you will need to be of good moral character, and pass a background check.

REGISTERING FOR THE EXAM

To register to sit for the Missouri Bar Exam you will need to download, print out, complete, and submit an application package. These can be found on the Missouri State Board of Law Examiners’ website.

Board of Law Examiners
407 Jefferson Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 751-9814 Local Phone Number
http://www.mble.org

THE EXAM’S FORMAT

The Missouri Bar Exam is a two day event that is given in Jefferson City during the last week of February and during the last week of July. On the first day of the Missouri Bar Exam you will be given the Multistate Performance Test, as well as ten MEE and State Law essay questions. On the second day of the Missouri Bar Exam you will take the Multistate Bar Exam, which consists of 200 multiple choice questions that deal with general legal topics and issues. To pass the Missouri Bar Exam you will need to earn 1300 out of 2000 possible points.

WHAT TO STUDY

To do well on day one you should study the following subjects:

1. Agency and Partnership
2. Corporations
3. Conflict of Law
4. Estates
5. Family Law
6. Federal Civil Procedure
7. Trusts and Future Interests
8. Sales
9. Commercial Paper
10. Secured Transactions
11. Administrative Law
12. Remedies
13. Missouri Civil Procedure

To prepare for the MPT section of the Missouri Bar Exam you should practice the following skills:

1. Problem Solving
2. Legal Analysis
3. Legal Reasoning
4. Factual Analysis
5. Communication
6. Organization and Management of Legal Tasks
7. Recognizing and Resolving Ethical Dilemmas

Also practice basic legal tasks such as:

1. Drafting memos
2. Drafting letters to the client
3. Composing closing arguments
4. Writing a brief

For a study materials please check out the following links:

1. Missouri Rules of Civil Procedures located at http://www.plf.net/pro/mociv.htm
2. Missouri Rules of Criminal Procedures located at http://www.plf.net/pro/mocrim.htm
3. Missouri Codes located at http://www.law.cornell.edu/states/missouri.html
4. Uniform Commercial Code located at http://www.law.cornell.edu/ucc/ucc.table.html

On the third day of the Missouri Bar Exam you will take the Multistate Bar Exam. This exam will be made up of 200 multiple choice questions that cover the following topics as they are generally applied throughout the United States of America:

1. Constitutional Law
2. Contracts and Sales
3. Criminal Law and Procedures
4. Evidence
5. Real Property
6. Torts

If you would like a study guide for this section you can visit the NCBE website at http://www.ncbex.org/.

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