Texas Bar Exam (UBE) details
As of 2021, a typical Texas Bar Exam is a 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)
Texas has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) effective with the February 2021 exam administration. 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.
- Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test questions (MPT in the AM)
- Six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam questions (MEE in the PM)
- Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM)
- 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
- “Closed universe” practical questions using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.
- A scaled score of 85 is required for admission to the bar.
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.
Acceptance of MBE Score
Texas does not accept another jurisdiction's MBE score.
Admission on Motion
May be admitted on motion if applicant has engaged in active practice of law for five of seven years preceding application, is an ABA accredited law school graduate, and never failed the Texas Bar Exam. For complete details, contact the Texas Board of Law Examiners.
Admission by UBE
An applicant for admission to the bar may transfer a passing UBE score of 270 or greater; if the score was earned either (a) within two years preceding the filing of an application, or (b) within five years preceding the filing of the application if the applicant has been actively engaged in the practice of law as their primary occupation for at least two of the past three years. For complete details contact the Texas Board of Law Examiners.
Applicants may take exam prior to graduation from an ABA accredited law school, provided applicant is within four semester hours of completing all requirements for graduation.
An applicant to the bar must successfully complete the Texas Law Course, an online course provided by the Texas Board of Law Examiners.
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