The South Dakota Bar Exam

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Bar Exam Format

Themis currently offers a South Dakota Bar Review course beginning with the July 2022 exam administration.

South Dakota administers a two-day bar exam. Day One consists of five 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions, one 30-minute Indian Law essay question, and two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions. Day Two consists of the 200-question Multistate Bar Exam (MBE).

South Dakota Essay Exam

(Combined written scores are weighted one half of Bar Exam Score)

The South Dakota Essay Exam consists of six 30-minute essay questions to be completed in one three-hour session. Topics covered on the first five essays include: Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies), Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts (including Article 2 [Sales] of the Uniform Commercial Code), Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Real Property, Torts, Trusts and Estates (Decedents’ Estates; Trusts and Future Interests), and Article 9 (Secured Transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code.

The sixth essay question covers Indian Law which includes basic principles of federal Indian law, including but not limited to civil and criminal jurisdiction, the Indian Civil Rights Act, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. It does not include tribal laws or customary laws.

Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

(Combined written scores are weighted one-half of Bar Exam Score)

The MPT consists of two 90-minute items to be completed in one, three-hour session. The MPT is designed to assess the examinee’s ability to use fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation. Each item contains a “File” of source documents and a “Library” of cases, statutes, and rules. The MPT is a “closed universe” component in that it provides all necessary materials to answer the question and does not require the applicant to use any state-specific law.

Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

(Weighted one-half of Bar Exam Score)

The MBE consists of 200 multiple-choice questions that test the following areas: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts & Sales, Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts. Of the 200 questions, 175 are scored questions and 25 are unscored pre-test questions. The pre-test questions are indistinguishable from the scored questions so applicants are advised to answer all questions.


Subjects Tested

South Dakota Subjects

  • Business Associations (Agency and Partnership
  • Corporations and Limited Liability Companies)
  • Civil Procedure
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents’ Estates
  • Trusts and Future Interests)
  • Secured Transactions (Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code)

MBE Subjects

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

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