State-by-State Bar Exam Information: Nevada

Bar Information


Key Dates

When is the Bar Exam: 

The last Tue, Wed, and Thu of February and July

When is the application for the July exam made available: 

December 15th

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

March 15th (Late applications accepted until May 15th, but with substantially higher fee)

Exam Details

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

Written: Eight essay questions written by the state's Board of Bar Examiners; one performance test drawn from the Multistate Performance Test

Multiple-choice: The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)

What subjects are tested: 

The state essays always include at least one question on legal ethics and may also test on constitutional law, evidence, contracts, criminal law, criminal procedure, real property, torts, remedies, community property, conflict of laws, persons and domestic relations, corporations, agency and partnership, wills/estates/trusts, UCC Article 2, UCC Article 3, UCC Article 9, Nevada pleadings and practice, and federal pleadings and practice.

The MBE tests Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.

Is it possible to take the written portions of the exam on a laptop computer?: 

Yes. All applicants who request to take the exam on a laptop will be able to do so.

Are past exam questions and sample answers available?: 

Yes, here.

How is the exam scored?: 

The written portions (essays and performance test) are weighted at 2/3rds of the overall score; the MBE is weighted at 1/3rd.


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

2012: 77%; 2011: 79%

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

2012: 69%; 2011: 66%


Can MBE scores be transferred from other jurisdictions?: 


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

No, except in very limited circumstances involving law school faculty, in-house corporate attorneys, or attorneys with some government agencies

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