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Board of Bar Examiners
417 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Hawaii Bar Exam Format

The Hawaii Bar Exam is a two-day exam. Day 1 consists of seven Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions, a quiz on the Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct (HRPC), and two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions. Day 2 is the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam.

Multistate Edge prepares you for the MBE portion of the Hawaii Bar Exam.

Hawaii Bar Exam Subjects: Hawaii/MEE Subjects (MBE Subjects are in bold)

Agency, Commercial Paper (Negotiable Instruments), Conflict of Laws, Corporations, Decedents’ Estates, Family Law, Federal Civil Procedure, Partnerships, Sales, Secured Transactions, Trusts & Future Interests, HI Rules of Professional Conduct, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Constitutional Law, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts


A scaled score of 85 on the MPRE within two years prior or one year after the bar exam is required for admission.

Hawaii Bar Exam Scoring and Results

Day 1 and Day 2 scores are each weighted 50% and combined to determine if a passing score was achieved. Results are released in early May for the February exam and in early October for the July exam.

Click here to see passage results for past Hawaii Bar Exams.

Hawaii Bar Exam MBE Reciprocity

Hawaii does not accept MBE scores from other jurisdictions.

Hawaii Bar Exam Reciprocity

Hawaii does not provide for admission on motion; examination is required of all applicants.

Hawaii Bar Exam Application Deadlines and Fees

Please visit the Board of Bar Examiners’ website for details on application deadlines and fees, and for more information on other topics.

*Bar exam information is subject to change without notice; please verify with the bar examiner’s office.

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