The Iowa Bar Exam assesses whether or not a candidate is competent to practice law in Iowa. Students that pass the Iowa Bar Exam receive a portable score that may also qualify them to practice law in other states administering the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).
The UBE was first administered February 2016 in Iowa and consists of three parts - the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). A minimum score of 266 out of 400 possible points is needed to pass.
The first portion of the Iowa Bar Exam is the Multistate Performance Test, or the MPT. Two 90-minute items are administered, each of which challenge examinees to separate relevant from irrelevant facts and communicate complex legal concepts effectively. The MPT is designed to test students’ ability to use fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation.
The second portion of the Iowa Bar Exam is the Multistate Essay Exam, or the MEE. The MEE consists of six 30-minute essays. Students must provide clear, well-organized compositions that demonstrate the ability to understand universal law concepts and communicate ideas effectively.
The third and final portion of the Iowa Bar Exam is the Multistate Bar Examination, or the MBE. The MBE is administered twice annually; once on the last Wednesday in February and again on the last Wednesday in July.
AdaptiBar prepares students for the MBE portion of the Iowa Bar Examination. The MBE occurs on one day, which is divided into two, three-hour parts, each consisting of 100 questions. When answering MBE questions, students apply fundamental legal principles instead of local case or statutory law. During the MBE, students analyze fact situations and apply black letter law. Students choose only one correct answer - the best answer - from the four available choices.
The Iowa Exam is a 2 day exam.
Iowa requires a jurisdiction specific requirement in addition to all of the components of the UBE. Before being admitted to the practice of law in Iowa, all applicants shall complete a course on Iowa law, the content and delivery of which shall be determined by the Board of Bar Examiners.
Interested in Iowa Bar Exam pass rates? We’ve collected the Iowa Bar Exam statistics dating back to 2002: Iowa Bar Exam Results