The South Dakota Bar Exam assesses whether or not a candidate is competent to practice law in South Dakota. The exam is comprised of four unique parts - the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), a state-specific essay, and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). A minimum score of 260 out of 400 possible points is needed to pass.
The first portion of the South Dakota 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 South Dakota Bar Exam is the state-specific essay. It consists of one essay question on Indian Law.
The third portion of the South Dakota Bar Exam is the Multistate Essay Exam, or the MEE. The MEE consists of five essays. Students must provide clear, well-organized compositions that demonstrate the ability to understand universal law concepts and communicate ideas effectively.
The fourth and final portion of the South Dakota 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 South Dakota 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 South Dakota Exam is a 2 day exam.
For more information on the South Dakota Bar Exam, visit the official South Dakota Bar Examination site.
Interested in South Dakota Bar Exam pass rates? We’ve collected the South Dakota Bar Exam statistics dating back to 2002: South Dakota Bar Exam Results