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Bar Exam Guide: North Carolina

Guide to the Bar exam

The Basics

Components of the North Carolina Bar Exam (UBE):

The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) 50%

The Mulitistate Essay Examination (MEE) 30%

The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) 20%


North Carolina is a UBE jurisdiction and excepts UBE scores up to 3 years old. In addition, North Carolina considers the following jurisdictions reciprocal and an attorney may be admitted on motion if, among other things, the attorney has been engaged in the active and substantial practice of law and as their principal means of livelihood for at least four out of the six years immediately preceding their application:

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virgin Islands, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming. 

Where to find more information:

Board of the Law Examiners of the State of North Carolina

University of North Carolina Kathrine R. Everett Law Library Bar Exam Research Guide