Nevada Bar Exam

Nevada Bar Examiners

State Bar of Nevada
3100 W. Charleston Blvd.
Suite 100
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 382-2200 or (800) 254-2797

Bar Exam Format

The two and one-half day Nevada bar exam consists of the Nevada Essays, the MPT, and the MBE.

Exam Day 1

The first, full day has:

  • three Nevada essay questions in the three-hour morning session;
  • one Nevada essay question in a one-hour afternoon session; and
  • one MPT question in a one and one-half hour afternoon session.

Exam Day 2

The second, full day has the MBE in two 3-hour sessions each comprised of 100 multiple choice questions.

Exam Day 3

The third, half-day has four Nevada essay questions in the four-hour morning session.


Nevada does not have any type of reciprocity or admission by motion.


The Nevada essay questions may examine these subjects:

  • Agency and Partnership;
  • Community Property;
  • Conflict of Laws;
  • Constitutional Law;
  • Contracts;
  • Corporations;
  • Criminal Law and Procedure;
  • Evidence;
  • Pleadings and Practices (Nevada and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure);
  • Persons and Domestic Relations;
  • Real Property;
  • Remedies;
  • Torts;
  • Uniform Commercial Code (Sales (Art. 2) and Secured Transaction (Art. 9)); and
  • Wills, Estates and Trusts.

One Nevada essay question must cover the subject of Legal Ethics.

Bar Exam Dates

The Nevada bar exam is held in February and July. The exam is usually scheduled for the three days including the last Wednesday of each month.


  • February 27-Marchi 1, 2024
  • July 30-August 1, 2024

Exam Results

Approximately eight weeks after each Nevada bar exam, the state bar releases the exam results. The state bar posts on their website an unofficial pass list of the names of who passed the exam. The state bar mails official results on the next day.


To pass the Nevada bar exam, you must have a total score of 75, which equates to 140 on a 200-point scale. The total score is based on your combined scaled scores from the:

  • Multistate Bar Exam (“MBE”);
  • Nevada Essays; and
  • Multistate Performance Test (“MPT”).

The MBE is weighted 33% and the combined Nevada Essays and the MPT are weighted 67%. An MPT question has one and one-half times as much weight as an essay question.

In addition to having a passing total score, you must have a passing scaled score of at least 75 (of 100) on at least 3 of the essay questions.

Pass Rate/Stats

Although every Nevada bar exam pass rates may differ, some of their pass rates range:

  • for first-time takers, between 65% and 79%;
  • for repeat takers, between 17% and 52%; and
  • for total takers, between 54% and 66%.