Alabama Bar Exam (UBE) details

A typical Alabama Bar Exam is a 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)

Alabama Bar Exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with the Alabama State Bar.

Please also reference the NCBE Covid-19 updates page for NCBE updates and individual jurisdiction announcements.

Day 1

  • Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test questions (MPT in the AM)
  • Six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam questions (MEE in the PM)

Day 2

  • Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM)

MBE

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts

MEE

  • Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies)
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests)
  • Article 9 (Secured Transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Plus all MBE subjects

MPT

  • “Closed universe” practical questions using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.

MPRE

  • A scaled score of 75 on the MPRE is required for admission. There may be time restrictions on the validity of your MPRE score, depending on the type of admission you are seeking.

Click here to learn more about the MPRE.

The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE.

  • MBE weighted 50%
  • MEE weighted 30%
  • MPT weighted 20%

A total scaled score of 260 or higher is required to pass. 

Acceptance of MBE Score

Applicants may transfer an MBE scaled score of at least 140 achieved in another jurisdiction if taken within 25 months prior to the next scheduled exam. Applicant must have passed the bar exam and be admitted to practice in the transferring jurisdiction.

Carryover of MBE Score

An applicant who has failed the bar exam in Alabama but achieved a scaled score of at least 140 on the MBE, may carryover that MBE score to a future exam within 25 months of earning that score.

Carryover of Written Test Score

An applicant who has failed the bar exam in Alabama but achieved a scaled score of at least 140 on the MEE and MPT, may carryover that MEE/MPT score to a future exam within 25 months of earning that score.

Admission on Motion

A member in good standing of another U.S. state or territory may be admitted on motion in Alabama if the applicant has engaged in the active practice of law for five of the six years preceding application. Additional requirements apply.

Admission by UBE Score Transfer

Applicants who have obtained a scaled score of at least 260 on a Uniform Bar Exam taken in another jurisdiction may apply for admission based on that score in Alabama. The admission of the applicant must be finalized within 25 months of the date the transferred score was earned. Additional requirements apply.

Before being admitted to the practice of law in Alabama, all applicants shall complete an online course on Alabama law. The course consists of eight (8) online learning modules covering the following subjects: Alabama Constitution; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Civil Litigation; Criminal Law; Family Law; Real Property; Torts; and Wills & Trusts/Probate.

Bar Examination applicants will be given access to the course approximately 7 – 10 days after the administration of the bar examination.

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