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Alabama Bar Exam Information
About the Bar Exam
The Alabama Bar Exam is a two-day exam. It takes place on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. The MEE® (Multistate Essay Examination) and MPT® (Multistate Performance Test) take place on Tuesday and the MBE®(Multistate Bar Exam) takes place on Wednesday.
Alabama State Bar Association
Attn: Admissions Office,
PO Box, 671 Montgomery, AL 36101
Tel: (334) 269-1515
Fax: (334) 261-6310
Bar Exam Format
The Alabama Bar Exam is a two-day exam.
- Day 1: AM: Two Multistate Performance Tests (MPT®s) PM: Six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE®) essays.
- Day 2: 200-question, multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam (MBE®).
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), and Uniform Commercial Code (Secured Transactions).
Bar Exam Dates
- February 23 – 24, 2021
- July 27 – 28, 2021
The Alabama Bar Exam requires a minimum scaled combined score of 260 points out of 400 points to pass. The MBE® is weighted at 50% of the score, the Essays are weighted at 30%, and the MPT® exams are weighted at 20%.
A minimum passing scaled score is 75 or higher.
MPRE® Policy: the acceptable MPRE® score may not be earned more than 25 months prior to or following a passed Alabama Bar Examination.
Alabama permits admission on motion, without examination, for applicants who have practiced for five of the preceding six years, are admitted to practice and are a member in good standing in at least one U.S. jurisdiction, have received a J.D. or L.L.B. from an ABA-approved law school, and have not taken and failed the Alabama bar within the 10 years prior to their application. As of 2014, an applicant who sat for the UBE® in another jurisdiction may transfer the score earned on that examination to Alabama in lieu of taking the UBE® in Alabama. An applicant must transfer the score to Alabama and receive certification of the Committee on Character & Fitness within twenty-five (25) months of the date of administration of the UBE® in which the score was earned. The candidate must have also received a minimum score of 75 on the MPRE®.
An applicant for admission in Alabama must also take and complete the Course on Alabama Law. Before being admitted to the practice of law in Alabama, all applicants shall complete a course on Alabama law, the content and delivery of which shall be determined by the Board of Bar Examiners.
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