Our Mission

NCBE promotes fairness, integrity, and best practices in admission to the legal profession for the benefit and protection of the public. We serve admission authorities, courts, the legal education community, and candidates by providing high-quality

  • assessment products, services, and research;
  • character investigations; and
  • informational and educational resources and programs.

Our Vision

A competent, ethical, and diverse legal profession.

Our Core Values

NCBE is committed to

  • excellence
  • fairness
  • integrity
  • service

What We Do

In fulfilling our mission, we

  • develop and produce the licensing tests used by most US jurisdictions for admission to the bar: the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT); 
  • coordinate the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), which results in score portability;
  • develop the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) required for admission to the bar by most US jurisdictions;
  • score the MBE and the MPRE and report scores to the jurisdictions;
  • provide support to jurisdiction exam administrators before, during, and after each exam administration;
  • provide psychometric consulting, research, and data forensics services to jurisdictions;
  • conduct character and fitness investigations on behalf of jurisdictions; 
  • provide score services and other admission-related services to applicants on behalf of jurisdictions;
  • offer study aids for applicants, both free of charge and for purchase; 
  • sponsor a wide range of educational events for jurisdiction bar examiners and bar admission administrators, legal educators, and states' highest courts, including the Annual Bar Admissions Conference and other conferences, seminars, and workshops throughout the year;
  • provide training for jurisdiction graders, including grading workshops for the MEE and MPT following each exam administration; 
  • publish the quarterly Bar Examiner magazine, the annual Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirementsand other information about the bar admissions process; and
  • maintain comprehensive admissions information for all US jurisdictions on the NCBE website.

For more about the work NCBE undertakes in its commitment to serving the bar admissions community, see the NCBE Year in Review.

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NCBE 2019 Year in Review
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Statistics

Annual statistics on bar examinations and admissions in all U.S. jurisdictions

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Bar Admission Guide

Information on bar 
admission requirements
and 
directory of state
bar admission agencies