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Texas Bar Exam Information
About the Bar Exam
The Texas Bar Exam is a 2 1/2-day exam. It takes place on the last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of February and July. Tuesday is the Procedure and Evidence section and the MPT, Wednesday is the MBE and, Thursday is the Essay day.
Texas Board of Law Examiners
PO Box 13486
Austin, TX 78711-3486
Telephone: (512) 463-1621
Fax: (512) 463-5300
Bar Exam Format
The Texas Bar Exam is a 2 1/2-day exam. Day 1 (20%): One Multistate Performance Test (MPT) question (10%) and Texas Procedure and Evidence Short Answers (10%). Day 2 (40%): 200-question, multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam (MBE). Day 3 (40%): 12 Essays.
MBE Subjects: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts/Sales, Criminal Law/Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, Torts.
Texas Essay Subjects: Business Associations, including Agency, Corporations, Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies and Professional Associations, Trusts and Guardianships, Wills and Administration, Family Law, Uniform Commercial Code, Consumer Rights, including DTPA and Insurance, Real Property, including Oil and Gas. Potential Essay Crossover topics: Income, Estate, and Gift Tax Issues (to be included where appropriate, as an element of questions in other subjects, such as Family Law, Oil and Gas, Wills, etc.), Bankruptcy (to be included where appropriate, as an element of questions in other subjects, such as Family Law, Wills and Estates, Real Property, etc.)
Procedure and Evidence Topics: Texas Civil Procedure and Evidence, including Jurisdiction. Federal and Texas Criminal Procedure and Evidence.
Bar Exam Dates
In 2018, the Texas Bar Exam will be administered on:
- February 27, 28 & March 1, 2018
- July 24, 25, & 26, 2018
The Texas Bar Exam will require a minimum scaled combined score of 675 points out of 1000 points to pass. The MBE is weighted at 40% of the score, the Essays are weighted at 40%, the MPT is weighted at 10% and the Procedure and Evidence section is weighted at 10%
A minimum scaled score of 85 or higher.
Texas’s additional reciprocity requirements include:
- Law Degree. A law degree from an ABA approved law school (determined at the time of enrollment or graduation and not at a later date).
- Character and Fitness. Attorneys must meet the applicable character and fitness standards.
- Good Standing and Prior Bar Exam. Attorneys must be in good standing and cannot have previously failed the Texas bar exam.
- Practice of Law. Attorneys must have been actively and substantially engaged in the practice of law in any state or elsewhere as his or her principal business or occupation for at least five of the past seven years immediately preceding the filing of the application. Active and substantial practice is demonstrated practice of at least 30 hours per week. The attorney has the burden of proof.
- MPRE Score of 85 or higher.
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