180 East 5th Street, Suite 950
St. Paul, Minnesota 55101

Phone: (651) 297-1857 | Fax: (651) 297-1196
Email: ble.cle.blc@mbcle.state.mn.us

February 2017 Exam

Scroll through the February 2017 exam information or select one of the topics below.

Dates
Location
Filing deadlines
Exam timing
Parking
Registration
What to bring
Laptop
Food and beverage
Additional information
Exam results

Dates

February 21 & 22, 2017

Location

St. Paul RiverCentre
Grand Ballroom
175 West Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, Minnesota 55102
www.rivercentre.org

Filing deadlines

The timely filing deadline was Monday, October 17, 2016.
The late filing deadline was Thursday, December 1, 2016 ($150 late filing fee must be included if filing by this date unless you are a repeater. Repeaters do not need to pay the late filing fee and may file up to December 1, 2016).

(Postmarks are acceptable.)

Exam timing

Tuesday morning doors open: 7:30 a.m.
Tuesday registration: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. (Allow 20 or 30 minutes to complete registration)
Tuesday morning instructions: 8:40 a.m. (be in your seat)
Tuesday morning session: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (2 MPT questions)
Tuesday afternoon doors open: 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday afternoon instructions: 1:15 p.m. (be in your seat)
Tuesday afternoon session: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (6 MEE questions)

Wednesday morning doors open: 7:30 a.m.
Wednesday registration: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday morning instructions: 8:40 a.m. (be in your seat)
Wednesday morning session: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (100 MBE questions)
Wednesday afternoon doors open: 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday afternoon instructions: 1:15 p.m. (be in  your seat)
Wednesday afternoon session: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (100 MBE questions)

Digital clocks are placed around the room for timekeeping. They are synchronized as close as possible with the official clock, which is located at the Exam Supervisor’s platform. Watches are not permitted.

Parking

There is parking at the RiverCentre Parking Ramp and in the Kellogg Blvd Parking Ramp at $10 per day. There are many other parking ramps in downtown St. Paul.

Registration on Exam Days

You must sign-in with the Registrars on both Tuesday and Wednesday

Tuesday

  • Doors open at 7:30
  • Registration is from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
  • You must sign in with the registrars
  • Allow at least 20-30 minutes to complete registration
  • You must bring your ADMISSION TICKET printed from your Applicant Portal on the first day of the exam. You will not be admitted without your Admission Ticket.
  • You must bring your driver’s license or a government issued ID with your picture and signature
  • If you have special permission to bring in otherwise prohibited items, you must present a green admission card (see more info under “What to Bring”)
  • Examinee ID badges are issued at registration. You must wear it throughout the exam.
  • You will go through security screening both days. Please review the permitted items in advance and leave all other items at the unsecured area, in your car, or at home.

Wednesday

  • Doors open at 7:30 a.m.
  • Registration is from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
  • You must sign in with the registrars
  • Allow at least 20-30 minutes to complete registration
  • You must bring your examinee ID badge on the second day of the exam for registration, and wear it throughout the exam
  • You must bring your driver’s license or a government issued ID with your picture and signature
  • You do NOT need to bring your Admission Ticket on Wednesday
  • If you have special permission to bring in otherwise prohibited items, you must present a green admission card (see more info under “What to Bring”)

What to bring

For a list of allowed and prohibited items at the bar exam, click here. If you have any questions, contact our office.

Anyone who has requested and received special permission to bring an otherwise prohibited item into the exam room (such as pillows, lumbar rolls, wrist rest, ergonomic chairs, etc.) must present the green permission card to the security person at the secure testing area entrance and ask for assistance.

You may leave prohibited personal items in a designated UNSECURE area outside of the exam room. Leave all valuables at home. The Board of Law Examiners and Saint Paul RiverCentre authorities assume no responsibility for lost or stolen personal items.

Make sure to bring:

  • Driver’s license or government issued ID with your picture and signature (Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • Admission Ticket (Tuesday)
  • Examinee ID Badge provided at the bar exam (Wednesday)

Laptop

If you are registered to use your laptop to take the exam, review the instructions you received on your applicant portal with your admission ticket prior to the exam.

The MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is NOT compatible with the security software for the upcoming bar examination.  If you downloaded the software for the February 2017 Minnesota bar exam on a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, you must re-install the software on a compatible computer. If a MacBook Pro with TouchBar is brought into the examination room, it will be removed and you will be required to handwrite the examination. If you have installed the software on a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, you may elect one of the following two options: 1) download the software on a compatible computer or 2) handwrite the exam and request a refund of the $100 laptop fee. Please contact Terri Guertin at 651-201-2707 by February 3, 2017 at noon. 

Food and beverage

  • No food or beverage is allowed in the secure testing area or exam room
  • There will be water fountains or water stations available in the exam room
  • There are limited food options at RiverCentre, and limited restaurants close to RiverCentre. Restaurants may be busy during the lunch break. We recommend bringing a bag lunch, which you must leave outside the exam room.

Additional information

  • Laptop and handwriting examinees are seated in the same room
  • No scratch paper is allowed. You may write in your test booklets, but may not tear any pages from the booklets or tear the booklets apart in any way.
  • No exam books or paper may be removed from the exam room
  • If the exam is interrupted for any reason, remain seated and wait for instructions from the Exam Supervisor
  • Once admitted, you may not leave the secure testing area or exam room unless you are escorted by a proctor or staff. If you leave unescorted, you will not be permitted to re-enter.
  • You may not talk once instructions begin
  • If you need assistance at any time for any reason, raise your hand and a proctor will assist you
  • If you finish the test session early, bring your exam materials to the head proctor and exit the exam room
  • An announcement will be made when there are only 15 minutes remaining in the test session
  • You may not leave the room during the last 15 minutes of the test session
  • You must stop the test immediately when time is called
  • You must remain seated until the exams have been collected and counted
  • The St. Paul RiverCentre is a smoke-free facility
  • As a courtesy to others, please avoid wearing perfume or cologne

Exam Results

Exam results will be posted to your Applicant Portal on Friday, April 14, 2017.

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