Texas Bar Exam (UBE) details

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

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

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)

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 85 is required for admission to the bar.

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 270 or higher is required to pass the Texas Bar Exam.

Acceptance of MBE Score

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

Admission on Motion

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

Admission by UBE Score Transfer

Applicants who have obtained a scaled score of at least 270 on a Uniform Bar Exam taken in another jurisdiction within the preceding two years may apply for admission based on that score. Passing UBE scores earned more than two years, but less than five years prior may qualify if the applicant has been actively engaged in the practice of law for at least two of the preceding three years. Additional requirements apply.

Applicants may take the Texas Bar Exam prior to graduation from an ABA-accredited law school, provided the applicant is within four semester hours of completing all requirements for graduation.

Texas Law Component (TLC)

An applicant to the Texas Bar Exam must successfully complete the Texas Law Component (TLC) prior to admission. The TLC is an online course provided by the Texas Board of Law Examiners consisting of a series of video lectures, each followed by a series of "hurdle questions" testing comprehension of the previous lecture.

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