State-by-State Bar Exam Information: Utah

Bar Information


Key Dates

When is the Bar Exam: 

The last Tue and Wed of February and July

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

March 1, $550 (Late-filing deadline--April 1, with late fee)

Exam Details

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

Utah is a Unform Bar Examination (UBE) jurisdiction, meaning it administers only tests from the National Conference of Bar Examiners--the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).

What subjects are tested: 

Tested subjects for the MBE and the MEE are available at

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


Are past exam questions and sample answers available?: 

Because Utah is a UBE jurisdiction, past questions are available only from the National Conference of Bar Examiners at


How is the exam scored?: 

The written portion (essays, 30%; performance test, 20%) and the MBE are each weighted equally at 50% of the overall score.


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

2012: 82%; 2011: 89%

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

2012: 80%; 2011: 86%


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?: 

Utah accepts all UBE scores within three prior exam administrations (approximately 18 months). For applicants with UBE scores that are older than three prior exams, Utah will accept UBE scores for up to five years with proof of the full-time practice of law.

For applicants from non-UBE states: Utah requires that the applicant has practiced law for five of the last seven years and be from a state with which Utah has reciprocity.

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