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Law Student News

Posted on: Jan 11, 2016

By Devon Sharpe, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Are you gearing up for the bar exam and deciding on a bar review course?

This blog will provide insight and pose questions to readers about the bar exam and some information about the IndyBar Review course. Please post questions or comments. I want to cover the topics and questions that bar applicants are facing.

Who am I?

I completed classes at IU McKinney School of Law this fall and I am taking IndyBar Review in preparation for the February bar exam.

Week 1

The topics and speakers focused mostly on the big picture of the exam. So, this first blog will identify information about the bar exam and two tips.


  • The bar exam is a two-day exam as follows:
    1. Day 1: MPT in the AM. Indiana topic essays in the PM.
    2. Day 2: MBE both in the AM and the PM.
  • MPT – 20% of the exam. This is the practical portion of the exam. It is three hours long with two scenarios and the applicant will draft a document, like a client letter or a memo to a supervising attorney.
  • Indiana essays – 30% of the exam. This consists of six questions that could cover: administrative law, business organizations, commercial law, Indiana constitutional law, family law, civil procedure, personal property, tax, and wills, trusts & estates.
  • MBE – 50% of the exam. This consists of 200 questions that will cover: torts, contracts, criminal law, real property, federal constitutional law, federal civil procedure, and evidence.


  1. Purpose of the bar exam is to test for minimal competence.
  2. The MPT is a good place to earn points. All of the information that you need to respond to these questions is provided to you. IndyBar Review gives applicants the opportunity to do two MPT practice questions and receive feedback.

Next Week
In next week’s blog, I will touch on the breakdown of the points for each section of the bar exam and more tips from the speakers.


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