Wisconsin Bar Exam

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Wisconsin residents may be eligible for a Diploma Privilege and may be admitted without taking the Wisconsin Bar Exam. The state of Wisconsin uses a 3 day exam format that consists of the Multistate Performance Test (“MPT”), Multistate Essay Exam (“MEE”), and the Multistate Bar Exam (“MBE”). State law is tested.

MEE (Multi State Essay Exam)
Day one of the Wisconsin Bar Exam consists of 6 hours of testing. The first three hours include (6) MEE essays. Each essay should be completed  within 30 minutes for a bar applicant to have the best chance at passing. The MEE essays may include the following:

  • Business Associations (Agency and Partnerships; Corporations and LLCs)
  • Civil Procedure (Federal)
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (Common Law, Sales/UCC Art. 2)
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure (Constitutional aspects)
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Real Property
  • Secured Transactions (UCC Art. 9)
  • Torts
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents’ Estates, Trusts, Future Interests)

MPT (Multi-State Performance Test)
Wisconsin Bar Exam also includes one (1) MPT performance tests which occur in the second half of the first day of the exam after an afternoon lunch period which follows the MEE testing.

MBE (Multiple Choice Bar Exam)
Wisconsin Bar Exam tests (MBE) is conducted on the second day of the two-day test and consists of a 6 hour time period. Each time period is divided in half so you have 100 questions to answer in the first three hours, followed by a lunch break and then 3 more hours to complete the second 100 questions for a total of 200 questions. The Wisconsin bar exam test 7 subjects:

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (Common Law, Sales/UCC Art. 2)
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Torts

MBE Score Transfer

Wisconsin accepts MBE scores transferred from other jurisdictions. Wisconsin accepts scaled scores of 135 or greater.

Bar Exam Testing Schedule

Day 1: Orientation

Day 2

  • First three hours = 6 MEE Essays
  • Lunch Break
  • Second 3 hours = 1 MPTs

Day 3

  • Morning first 3 hours – MBE Part 1 (100 questions)
  • Lunch Break
  • Afternoon second 3 hours – MBE Part 2 (100 questions)


Wisconsin bar exam final scores are based on a scalable score. The minimum score to pass is 258/400. Appeals are not allowed. Applicants who fail may retake the test up to four times. On the fourth time, permission to take must be asked by the applicant to the state.

Exam Date               Results

Feb. 21-22, 20XX     May. 11, 20XX

July 24-25, 20XX    Oct. 13, 20XX

Illinois Bar Exam Weighted Scores

Component %
MBE 50%