New York Bar Exam Format

New York Bar Exam Duration

The New York bar exam format is fairly consistent.  The bar exam is usually administered over two days, which are the last Wednesday, and preceding Tuesday, of every February and July.

Each of the two bar exam days has a morning session, a lunch break, and an afternoon session.

New York Bar Exam Schedule — First Day: MPT and MEE

The morning session of the first day of the New York bar exam occurs from 9:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M., and the afternoon session occurs from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.  The New York bar exam format for the first day consists of the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) and the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE).  The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBEX) provide the MPT and the MEE.

During the morning session, the New York bar examiners administer the two MPT items, both of which an applicant has three hours to answer.  Although the applicant can use this time as they choose, the New York bar examiners estimate using 90 minutes per MPT item.

During the afternoon session, the New York bar exam format is six MEE essay questions, all of which an applicant has three hours to answer.  Although the applicant can use this time as they choose, the New York bar examiners estimate using 30 minutes per essay question.

New York Bar Exam Schedule — Second Day: MBE

The morning session of the second day of the New York bar exam occurs from 9:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M., and the afternoon session occurs from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.  During each of those 3-hour sessions, an applicant must answer 100 multiple-choice questions on the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), which the NCBEX provides.