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.

You may also reference the NCBE July 2020 bar exam jurisdiction information page.

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%

The scores are combined to determine if the applicant has achieved a passing score of 260.

Transfer of Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) Score (Rule VI(B).C.(2))

An applicant for the bar examination in Alabama may elect to be exempt from taking the MBE, by transfer of an MBE score, if the applicant: Has taken and passed a bar examination in another jurisdiction; Has been admitted to practice in that jurisdiction; and Made a 140 or higher on the MBE.

NOTE: A transferred MBE score cannot be used to earn a transferrable UBE score.

Carryover of Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) Score (Rule VI(B).C.(3))

An applicant for the bar examination in Alabama may elect to be exempt from taking the MBE, by carryover of an MBE score, if the applicant: Failed the Alabama Bar Examination; and Achieved an MBE score of 140 or higher. An MBE score must be carried over and used in Alabama within 25 months of being earned (e.g., a score earned during the February 2017 administration of the bar examination cannot be used in Alabama beyond the February 2019 administration of the bar examination).

NOTE: A carried over MBE score cannot be used to earn a transferrable UBE score.

Admission on motion

Eligible attorneys must comply with the requirements of Rule III of the Rules Governing Admission to the Alabama state bar.

Admission by UBE

In order to be eligible for admission in Alabama by transfer of a UBE score, the score must have been earned in a single administration of the UBE, the score must be 260 or higher, and the admission of the applicant must be finalized within 25 months of the date the transferred score was earned. In addition, the applicant must satisfy all other admission requirements including, but not limited to, satisfaction of the MPRE requirement, completion of the online course on Alabama law, and certification by the Committee on Character & Fitness. [Rule VI(B).C.(6)].

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