State-by-State Bar Exam Information: Colorado

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?: 

May 1st (May 31st with late fee)

Exam Details

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

Colorado is a Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) jurisdiction, meaning that it administers the three exams produced by the National Conference of Bar Examiners--the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).

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

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

Are past exam questions and sample answers available?: 

Because Colorado is a UBE jurisdiction, past questions can be obtained only from the National Conference of Bar Examiners,


How is the exam scored?: 

The written portions (essays, 30%, and performance tests, 20%, together) and the MBE are each weighted at 50%.


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

July 2012: 85%; July 2011: 86%

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

July 2012: 80%; July 2011: 80%


Can MBE scores be transferred from other jurisdictions?: 


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

Those who have passed the UBE in another UBE jurisdiction can gain admission within two years without any years-of-practice requirement. Those who have passed a bar exam in a non-UBE jurisdiction must have practiced law for five of the last seven years and be admitted in a state that grants reciprocity to Colorado lawyers. Please consult the jurisdiction directly for more detailed information on admission by motion.

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