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Iowa Bar Exam Information

Board of Law Examiners
State Capitol Building
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 281-5911 ext. 3

Iowa Bar Examiners

Iowa Bar Exam Dates

2013: February 26-27;  July 30-31

Iowa Bar Exam Format

On the Iowa Bar Exam, the six-question Multistate Essay Examination is administered. Additionally, two Multistate Performance Test questions are administered.  The Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) is also administered on the Iowa Bar Exam.  Click here for more information about AmeriBar's Complete Iowa Bar Review Course.

Iowa Bar Exam Scoring Information

Not provided.

MPRE Requirements

A scaled score of 80 is required.  The score must be filed with the board no later than March 1, preceding the July exam or October 1, preceding the February exam.  If an applicant takes the March MPRE and is sitting for the July bar exam, scores may be accepted by petition. Contact the board for more information.  Click here for more information about AmeriBar's Free Online MPRE Review Course. 

Iowa Bar Exam Pass Percentage

Iowa Bar Exam Statewide Pass Percentage

Exam Date

First

Repeat

Total

Feb 2011

87%

38%

73%

July 2010

91%

44%

89%

Feb 2010

87%

36%

80%

July 2009

95%

56%

93%

Feb 2009

87%

40%

78%

July 2008

91%

40%

88%

Feb 2008

86%

45%

77%

July 2007

92%

42%

88%

Feb 2007

79%

44%

67%

Iowa Bar Exam MBE Reciprocity

Will accept MBE scores if taken within 2 years prior to exam.

Iowa Bar Reciprocity

Attorneys in other jurisdictions may be admitted on motion if they have practice 5 of the last 7 years and can show a bonafide intention to practice law in Iowa.

 

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