Texas Bar Exam Information

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Bar Exam Information

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Texas Board of Law Examiners

P.O. Box 13486
Austin, TX 78711-3486
Telephone: (512) 463-1621
http://www.ble.state.tx.us/

Bar Exam Format

The Texas Bar Exam is a 2½ day exam.

Day 1: a 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) question and a 90-minute Procedure/Evidence exam.

Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a six-hour, 200-question multiple-choice exam.

Day 3: Twelve essay questions tested over six hours.

Subjects Tested

Multistate Performance Test (day one)
"Closed universe" practical problem using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners

Procedure & Evidence Exam: Short Answer/Objective Subjects (day one)
Civil Procedure (including federal and state court jurisdiction, pleading and practice), Federal and Texas Criminal Procedure, Texas Civil and Criminal Evidence

Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) Subjects (day two)
Constitutional Law, Contracts/Sales, Criminal Law/Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, Torts

Texas Essay Subjects (day three)
Bankruptcy,* Business Associations (Agency, Corporations, Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, Professional Associations), Consumer Rights (including DTPA and Insurance), Family Law (including Community Property), Real Property (including Oil & Gas), Taxation (Income, Estate and Gift),* Trusts & Guardianships, U.C.C., Wills & Administration.

* Cross-over topics

Bar Exam Dates

The Texas Bar Exam is administered on the last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in February and July.

  February Exam July Exam
2014 February 25-27 July 29-31
2015 February 24-26 July 28-30
2016 February 23-25 July 26-28
2017 February 21-23  July 25-27
2018 February 27-28, March 1 July 24-26

Filing Fees and Deadlines

Applications must be timely filed by August 30 for the February exam, and by January 30 for the July exam.  Late applications are accepted with $150 additional fee until October 30 for the February exam and March 30 for the July exam.

Exam fees:
The following categories of applicants must submit the following application fees payable to the Board of Law Examiners:
In-state law students: $320
Out-of-state law students: $435
Attorneys licensed elsewhere: $1040
Attorneys for admission without exam: $890
Attorneys licensed in a foreign nation: $1140

Grading and Results

MBE (weighted 40%), essay (weighted 40%), MPT (weighted 10%) and Procedure/Evidence exam (weighted 10%) are combined. A passing score requires a minimum of 675 whole scaled points out of 1,000. Applicants must pass exam in its entirety. Results are generally released in early May for February exam and early November for July exam. 

Reciprocity

Acceptance of MBE Score
Texas does not accept an MBE score from an exam taken in another jurisdiction

Admission on Motion
May be admitted without exam if actively engaged in the practice of law for at least 5 of 7 years immediately preceding application; have a JD from an ABA accredited law school; have a valid, active license and have been a member in good standing at all times.