Bar Exam Information
Qualifications for Admission to the Bar
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners. (Statement required by ABA Standard 504)
Bar Examination Official Information for Colorado
Bar Examination Preparation – General Information
The College of Law wants every student to pass the bar. Here is some information and options you should consider regarding passing the bar.
Your grade point average is the most reliable predictor of bar passage success. Monitor your grade point average and continually seek feedback from faculty about your exam performance.
Plan on taking Legal Analysis Strategies in your final semester. It’s a great opportunity to practice the analytical and communicative skills necessary for success on the bar exam and as a practitioner and faculty also teach bar preparation strategy workshops after graduation as a supplement to commercial bar review courses. These workshops are at no cost. Watch for the announcement of these classes.
You should take a commercial bar preparation class. Being a member of the American Bar Association may provide a discount for some commercial bar review programs.
Please make an appointment with Financial Management to discuss your situation if you are unable to afford bar preparation courses.
Alumni mentors are available to coach and support bar takers. Some of the specialty bars offer bar assistance and coaching as well.
Plan in advance to spend 8-10 weeks preparing and practicing to take and pass your bar exam (approximately 50-60 hours per week). It is your first full-time law “job” upon graduation.
Not every option is right for every person. Students need to assess which options will be most helpful to them.
Colorado Bar Examination Topics
The following topics/courses are covered on the MBE multiple-choice portion of the Colorado Bar Exam:
- Contracts (including Article 2; this subject is covered in Contracts and UCC)
- Real Property (including Mortgages)
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Procedure
- Constitutional Law
- Federal Civil Procedure
The following topics are covered in the essay portion of the Colorado Bar Exam. All topics on the MBE listed above may also be tested as on the essay portion of the Colorado bar examination. In addition, the following topics/courses may be tested on the essay portion of the Colorado bar exam:
- Business Associations (including Agency, Partnership, and Corporations; this material is covered in Agency, Partnership and the LLC and in Corporations)
- Secured Transactions (Article 9 of UCC)
- Family Law
- Conflicts of Law
- Wills, Estates and Trusts