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Texas Bar Exam Information
About the Bar Exam
The Texas 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.
Bar Exam Format
The Texas 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 minimum passing UBE score in Texas is 270. Scores on the various portions of the examination will be weighted as follows: MEE, 30%; MPT, 20%; and MBE, 50%. An Applicant must earn a combined scaled score of at least 270 (out of a possible 400 points) to pass the Texas Bar Examination.
A minimum scaled score of 85 or higher.
The Texas Board of Law Examiners began accepting applications to transfer UBE scores from other jurisdictions on December 1, 2019, and administered the first UBE in Texas in February 2021. Under the Rules, the Board will accept qualifying UBE scores that were earned:
(1) within two years immediately preceding the date an applicant submits a transfer application to us, or
(2) within five years immediately preceding the date an applicant submits a transfer application to us, if the applicant has been actively and substantially engaged in the lawful practice of law as their principal business or occupation for at least two of the last three years immediately preceding the date the applicant submits their transfer application
Admission Without Examination Information Eligibility Requirements
In order to be licensed in Texas without taking the Texas Bar Examination, you must demonstrate that you: Hold a J.D. from an ABA-approved U.S. law school; are licensed to practice law in another state; have been actively and substantially engaged in the lawful practice of law as your principal business or occupation for at least 5 of the 7 years immediately preceding your application; and if applying after December 1, 2019 complete the Texas Law Course.
In addition, you must: be certified by the Board as having present good moral character and fitness; Score 85 or higher on the MPRE®; satisfy the requirements of Rule 2(a)(5); and be willing to take the required Oath.
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