State-by-State Bar Exam Information: New Hampshire

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. $550

Exam Details

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

Effective February 2014, New Hampshire will become a Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) jurisdiction, meaning it will administer only tests from the National Conference of Bar Examiners--the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE).

What subjects are tested: 

Because New Hampshire is a UBE jurisdiction, consult for information on tested subjects.

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


Are past exam questions and sample answers available?: 

Since New Hampshire uses only multistate tests and in February 2014 will become a UBE jurisdiction, past questions are available only from the National Conference of Bar Examiners at

How is the exam scored?: 

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


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

2012: 88%; 2011: 80%

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

2012: 86%; 2011: 77%


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?: 

An applicant who earned a UBE score within three years can be admitted without taking the exam. Consult the New Hampshire bar website or contact the office directly for more details.

For applicants from non-UBE states:

Yes, but only if the applicant  has practiced law for five of the  last seven years in a jurisdiction with which New Hampshire has reciprocity. Lawyers from Maine and Vermont may be admitted after three years of practice. Please consult the jurisdiction directly for more detailed  information on admission by motion.

The information for New Hampshire comes from the New Hampshire Supreme Court's response to our survey and from the National Conference of Bar Examiners' Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements  and annual statistical report.