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NCBE MBE Subject Matter Outline

In this post, we include our promulgation of the National Conference of Bar Examiners’ (NCBE) Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) subject matter outline. This outline is put out by the NCBE every year, but we have styled it nicely for you! The NCBE MBE subject matter outline is a great tool for bar prep! Here is a link to the NCBE MBE subject matter outline!

NCBE MBE Subject Matter Outline

Background on the MBE

On the MBE, you will have 25 scored MBE questions on each of the seven MBE subjects. The seven MBE subjects are tested equally. So, you will have 25 scored MBE questions on:

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts & Sales
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Torts

Note that this adds up to 175 scored questions. You will have 200 questions total on the MBE (100 in the morning section and 100 in the afternoon section). The other 25 questions are unscored test questions. These questions can come from any subject and any topic.

How should I use this NCBE MBE subject matter outline?

The NCBE MBE subject matter outline shows these tested subjects, but also the tested topics within each subject! While the MBE subjects are tested evenly, the topics within each subject are not. Here is a link to the NCBE MBE subject matter outline!

The best way to study efficiently for the MBE is to focus on the highly tested topics within each subject. For example, you can see that negligence makes up half of the Torts questions. You can also see that contract formation and performance, breach and discharge make up half of the Contracts questions.


Contracts and Sales MBE Subject Matter Outline

It is important to study smart for the MBE and focus most of your study time on the topics that are most likely to appear on your exam. Here is a link to the full NCBE MBE subject matter outline!

How do I make sure I am exposed to these highly tested topics? 

The best way is to use actual, released MBE questions. You can also read about where to find real MBE questions here or check out our QBank of over 1,600 (and counting) real MBE questions here.

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