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Bar Exam Guide: South Dakota

Guide to the Bar exam

The Basics

Components of the South Dakota Bar Exam:

The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)

The Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) (5/6 MEE questions) + 1 State Specific Essay Question on Indian Law

The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) 

1 State Specific Essay Question on Indian Law

Note on Scoring: 

South Dakota requires exam takers to pass each portion of the exam separately to pass the overall exam. Passing requires a minimum score of 135 on the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), and an average of 75% or higher on the written portion.


South Dakota considers all U.S. jurisdictions reciprocal if they grant similar privilege to members of the South Dakota bar and an attorney from a qualifying jurisdiction may be admitted on motion if, among other things, the attorney has been actively continuously, and lawfully engaged in the practice of law for at least three of the five years immediately preceding their application.

Where to find more information:

State Bar of South Dakota