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Law Student News

Posted on: Jan 19, 2016

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

It is probably safe to assume that most bar applicants would like to have an idea of how many points are required to pass. Below illustrates that breakdown, a hypothetical and two tips from the presenters from week two of IndyBar Review.


The bar exam consists of 400 overall points. In order to pass, you need 264 points. Please, stay with me through the math. It looks like a lot of numbers, but it will come together in the end.

  1. MPT – 80 possible points.
    There are typically 2 questions, which makes each question worth 40 points. The grader will give you a score out of 6. So, if you get a 3 out of 6, then you only received 20 points.
  2. Indiana essays – 120 possible points.
    There are 6 unlabeled questions, which makes each essay response worth 20 points. Like the MPT, the grader will give you score out of 6. So, if you get a 3 out of 6, then you only received 10 points.
  3. MBE – 200 possible points.
    There are 200 multiple-choice questions. Each question is worth 1 point.

If you received a grade of 4 on each MPT and each essay, then you would receive 133 points.
In order to pass, you need to get 131 MBE questions correct.


  1. Do not take the MPT questions for granted. This section is worth a great deal of valuable points. With good time management, you can get a great score on this section and relieve some of the pressure of the MBE questions
  2. Simple goes a long way. The graders are looking not only at what you are writing, but how it looks. If the essay question prompts you to answer 3 questions, then give guideposts or headings leading the reader through your response.

Next Week

Do you use mnemonics to help remember big topics? Next week’s blog will cover some recommended mnemonics from Evidence topics.


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