Friday, January 9, 2009

Multistate Bar Exam

Fifty-three jurisdictions require the multistate bar exam (MBE) for admission to the bar; Washington is not among them. However, if you are considering practice in one of those other jurisditions, you may be interested in this latest news. According to an article in the National Law Journal, the National Conference of Bar Examiners, which develops the MBE, is considering adding a new subject to the exam,

What is the new subject under consideration? If approved by the Conference, civil procedure will be added to the areas already covered - torts, criminal law, contracts, real property, evidence and constitutional law. Washington's list of subjects includes the ones above, plus others such as administrative law, business organizations, family law, Indian law/tribal sovereign immunity, and wills, probate, and trusts. Many of the states that use the MBE include additional state-specific questions as well.

For more information about Washington's bar exam (including the full list of subject areas), visit the Washington State Bar Association's website.

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