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Oregon Bar Review - Exam Information

Components of Oregon Bar Exam

The Oregon bar exam consists of 3 components: the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and the Oregon essays. There are six (6) essay questions. The essay topics are selected from the areas of law listed in Rule 5.15(2) of the Rules for Admission. The Oregon Supreme Court promulgates the Rules for Admission.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) Requirements

Bar exam applicants must obtain a scaled score of 85 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) in addition to passing the Oregon bar exam. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate that they possess good moral character and are fit to practice law. ORS 9.220 . The burden is on the applicant to establish good moral character. Exam dates for the MPRE are:

  • March 17, 2012
  • August 10, 2012
  • November 3, 2012

Applicants must pass the MPRE within two years of passing the Oregon bar exam. The Oregon Board of Bar Examiners does not administer the MPRE.

Alternative Routes to Admission

Some lawyers may be admitted without taking the bar examination. These alternate routes to admission include: (a) Reciprocity , (b) House Counsel , (c) Law teacher, and (d) Foreign law consultant . Each of these alternate routes has specific requirements which must be satisfied. Applicants are encouraged to review these rules carefully. Applicants for admission via an alternate route must still demonstrate good moral character pursuant to ORS 9.220.

Contact the Oregon State Bar Association at:
Oregon State Bar
P.O. Box 231935
Tigard, OR 97281-1935
Telephone: (503) 620-0222

Last updated on 4/10/2012 11:13:07 AM