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ALABAMA BOARD OF LAW EXAMINERS

State Bar Admissions Office
P.O. Box 671
Montgomery, AL 36101
Telephone: (334) 269-1515
Email: admit@alabar.org

www.alabar.org/admissions


BAR EXAM DATES AND FORMAT

The Alabama bar exam is a two–day exam consisting of the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).

2016 Winter:  February 23 – 24

2016 Summer:  July 26 – 27

Day 1: UBE: Six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions and two Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions

Day 2: UBE: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a six-hour, 200-question multiple-choice exam


SUBJECTS TESTED


MBE Subjects: 

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

MEE Essay Subjects: 

  • Business Associations (Agency, Partnership, Corporations, and Limited Liability Companies)
  • Civil Procedure
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law (Federal)
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates, Trusts and Future Interests)
  • Uniform Commercial Code (Secured Transactions)

Multistate Performance Test: 

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


MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam)

A scaled score of 75 on the MPRE is required for admission. Alabama accepts score if not more than 12 months prior to or 25 months following the Alabama bar exam.


FILING FEES AND DEADLINES

Applicant must file both a law student registration and a bar exam application.

Law student registration filing fees are: free if filed within the first 60 days of law school, $50 if filed after 60 days but within 180 days, $100 if filed after 180 days but within 390 days, $250 if filed after 390 days.

Bar exam application must be filed by October 1 for the February exam and by February 1 for the July exam. First time takers who are Alabama residents pay $575. Non-resident, applicants who have previously applied, foreign-educated or foreignlicensed and UBE Score Transfer applicants pay $575. Reciprocity applicants pay $875.


GRADING AND RESULTS

The total score required to pass the Alabama bar exam is 260 (out of a possible 400 points). Raw scores on the MEE and the MPT portions of the UBE shall be weighted with the MEE worth 30% and the MPT worth 20%. Results are generally released in late April for the February exam and late September for the July exam.


RECIPROCITY

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

Acceptance of MBE Score: Applicants may transfer previous MBE score from another jurisdiction if a scaled score of 140 or higher was achieved within 20 months, and if admitted to jurisdiction where exam was taken.


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