State-by-State Bar Exam Information: Indiana

Bar Information


Key Dates

When is the Bar Exam: 

The last Tue and Wed of February and July

When is the application for the July exam made available: 

Applications are available online always, but the Board does not accept applications electronically. It begins accepting applications on March 1st.

By when is the application for the July exam due?: 

April 1st: $250

Late filing permitted until April 15th: $500

Exam Details

What tests and types of questions are on the bar exam?: 

Written: Six Indiana essay exams and two performance tests from the Multistate Performance Test

Multiple-choice: The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)

What subjects are tested: 

The Indiana essays test the following nine subjects (which the MBE does not cover):

  • Administrative Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law
  • Indiana Constitutional Law
  • Family Law
  • Pleading and Practice
  • Personal Property
  • Taxation
  • Wills, Trusts & Estates
Is it possible to take the written portions of the exam on a laptop computer?: 
Yes. Consult the Indiana Board of Law Examiners' website for more details.
Are past exam questions and sample answers available?: 

Prior questions are available to anyone for $25 per set. Model or sample answers are made available only to unsuccessful examinees intending to take the exam again.

How is the exam scored?: 

The MBE is weighted 50%; the MPTs are weighted 20%; and the Indiana essays are weighted 30%.


What was the first-time taker pass rate for the most recent July bar exam? : 

2012: 81%; 2011: 84%

What was the overall pass rate for all takers of the most recent July bar exam?: 

2012: 75%; 2011: 78%


Can MBE scores be transferred from other jurisdictions?: 

Yes, but concurrent examination only

Can applicants already admitted in another state gain admission without taking the bar exam?: 

Yes, but only if the applicant has practiced law for five of the last seven years. Please consult the jurisdiction directly for more detailed information on admission by motion.

The information for Indiana comes from the Indiana Board of Law Examiners' website and response to our survey, as well as the National Conference of Bar Examiners' Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements  and annual statistical report.