New York Bar Exam Subjects

The New York bar exam subjects that may be tested are different for each portion of the bar exam.  The New York Bar Exam consists of the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), and the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE). The MPT has no designated subjects.

Multistate Bar Exam Subjects

The MBE multiple-choice questions test an applicant’s knowledge of these subjects:

  • Civil Procedure,
  • Constitutional Law,
  • Criminal Law (including Criminal Procedure),
  • Contracts (including Sales under U.C.C. Article 2),
  • Evidence,
  • Real Property, and
  • Torts.

Multistate Essay Exam Subjects

The MEE essay questions of the New York bar exam may examine both substantive and procedural law.  The MEE essay questions may test the subjects testable on the MBE.  Also, the MEE essay questions may test the subjects of:

  • Business Associations (including agency, corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships),
  • Conflict of Laws (will not be the main subject of an essay question),
  • Family Law,
  • Secured Transactions, and
  • Trusts, Wills and Estates.

The New York bar exam may test more than one subject on each essay question.