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Colorado Bar Exam Information

Board of Law Examiners
600 17th Street, Suite 520-S
Denver, CO 80202
Telephone: (303) 893-8096
Colorado Bar Examiners

Colorado Bar Exam Dates
2013: February 26-27;  July 30-31

Colorado Bar Exam Format

The Colorado Bar Exam consists of three parts:  The Multistate Bar Exam; the Multistate Essay Exam, and the performance test.  The first day of the Colorado Bar Exam consists of six essay questions and two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) exam questions. On the second day of the Colorado Bar Exam, the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) is administered.

Colorado Bar Exam Scoring Information

To pass the Colorado Bar Exam, an applicant must score 276 scale points (of a possible 400).  The formula for determining the total bar exam score is MBE Scale Score + (Colorado Essay Scale Score + Performance Exam Scale Score) = Colorado Bar Exam Score .

Colorado Bar Exam - MPRE Requirements

In addition to passing the Colorado Bar Exam, an applicant must attain a score of 85 on the MPRE.  The MPRE must be taken within two years of application to take the Colorado Bar Exam.  Click here for more information about AmeriBar's Free Online MPRE Review Course.

Colorado Bar Exam Pass Percentage

Colorado Bar Exam Statewide Pass Percentage

Exam Date

First

Repeat

Total

Feb 2011

66%

34%

76%

July 2010

83%

31%

78%

Feb 2010

80%

35%

67%

July 2009

89%

32%

81%

Feb 2009

74%

38%

61%

July 2008

87%

35%

78%

Feb 2008

74%

37%

59%

July 2007

81%

29%

73%

Feb 2007

71%

43%

60%

Colorado Bar Exam MBE Reciprocity

None. Applicants must take the Multistate Bar Exam when sitting for the Colorado Bar Exam.

Colorado Bar Reciprocity

Under limited circumstances, an applicant may be exempt from taking the Colorado Bar Exam.  Applicant must be 1) a graduate of an ABA accredited law school, 2) must be admitted in a state which permits Colorado attorneys to be admitted on motion, 3) must have actively practiced in that state, and 4) must have practiced law for 5 of 7 years immediately preceding application. Otherwise, applicants must sit for the Colorado Bar Exam.

 

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