Tennessee Bar Exam (UBE) details

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

Tennessee Bar Exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners.

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 passing score of 82 or higher on the MPRE within two years of successfully completing the Tennessee Bar Examination must be achieved in order to be eligible for admission.

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 270.

Admission on Motion

Attorneys from other states utilizing the UBE can petition for admittance in Tennessee based on those results.

Acceptance of MBE Score

Tennessee does not accept an MBE score from an exam taken in another jurisdiction.

Admission by UBE

The process for submitting an Application for Admission to the Tennessee Bar by transferred UBE score is completed online.

In-House Counsel

The process for submitting a Tennessee application to register as In-House Counsel is completed online.

Foreign Law School Graduates

If your education was received in a country other than the United States, you may qualify for admission by examination or transferred UBE score if you meet the requirements of eligibility.

Applicants completing the bar examination will receive information for access to the Tennessee Law Course which must be completed, in addition to completion of the character and fitness investigation, in order to be eligible for admission. The TLC is a mandatory online course on Tennessee-specific law that will take approximately 7.5 hours to complete.

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