Texas Bar Exam Information

The next Texas Bar Exam is scheduled to take place on July 28-30, 2020, although it will run at limited capacity due to social distancing restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Texas Board of Law Examiners will hold an additional bar exam on September 9-11, 2020.

Exam Dates:July 28-30, 2020
September 9-11, 2020
Exam Type:2.5-day exam with multiple choice and long-form questions
Location:Houston, DFW, Austin, San Antonio, Lubbock, and Waco.
Application Fee:$150 / $1,140
On-Motion Application Fee:$890
Filing Deadline:February 1, 2020
Late Filing Deadline:April 1, 2020 / May 1, 2020
Late Fee:$150 / $300

When is the 2020 Texas Bar Exam?

The Texas Bar Exam takes place on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July.

The July 2020 exam will have limited seating due to COVID-19-related social distancing restrictions. To ensure all students will have the opportunity to sit the test this year, the Texas Board of Law Examiners will hold an additional bar exam on September 9-11, 2020.

Applicants will be able to transfer from the July exam to the September exam.

See the Texas Board of Law Examiners website for more information.

Where is the Texas Bar Exam Located?

The July 2020 Texas Bar Exam will be held at six locations around the state. The September exam is expected to take place in the same locations, although this has yet to be confirmed.

Houston

One NRG Park
Houston, Texas 77054
*Parking paid in cash at the gate

DFW Area

Esports Stadium Arlington (Formerly Arlington Convention Center)
1200 Ballpark Way
Arlington, Texas 76011

Austin

Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704
*$8 all-day parking onsite

San Antonio

Freeman Coliseum-EXPO HALL
Hall A
3201E Houston Street
San Antonio, Texas 78219
*$10 all-day parking onsite

Lubbock

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Texas Tech University
2521 17th Street
Lubbock, Tekas 79409

Waco

Baylor Law
1114 S. University Parks Drive
Waco, Texas 76706
More information on what to expect on exam day is available on the TBLE website.

How much does the Texas Bar Exam cost?

Students pay an examination fee of $150, and attorneys pay $750. The re-application fee for both students and attorneys is $75.

The July and September exams have the same filing deadlines

The timely filing deadline for the July/September 2020 exam is February 1, the late filing deadline ($150 fee) is April 1, and the final filing deadline ($300 fee) is May 1, 2020.

Laptops may be used in the exam for a fee of $50 (optional).

An NCBE character report and other administrative fees may apply.

What subjects are tested on the Texas Bar Exam?

Multistate Performance Test (Day One):

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

Procedure & Evidence Exam: Short Answer/Objective Subjects (Day One):

  • Civil Procedure (including federal and state court jurisdiction, pleading and practice)
  • Federal and Texas Criminal Procedure
  • Texas Civil and Criminal Evidence

Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) Subjects (Day Two):

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

Texas Essay Subjects (Day Three):

  • Business associations (including agency, corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, and professional associations)
  • Trusts & Guardianships
  • Wills & Administration
  • Family Law (including Community Property)
  • Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)
  • Consumer Rights (including DTPA and Insurance)
  • Real Property (including Oil & Gas)

Cross-Over Essay Topics (Day Three):

Income, estate, and gift tax issues (to be included where appropriate as an element of questions in other subjects, such as family law, oil and gas, wills, etc.)

Bankruptcy (to be included where appropriate as an element of questions in other subjects, such as family law, wills and estates, real property, etc.)

What is the format of the Texas Bar Exam like?

The Texas Bar Exam lasts for 2.5 days.

Tuesday:

  • Morning: Two 90-minute MPT & P&E essays

Wednesday:

  • Morning: one three-hour multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) session
  • Afternoon: one three-hour multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) session

Thursday:

  • Morning: three hours of Texas essay questions
  • Afternoon: three hours of Texas essay questions

Texas will change to a standard two-day UBE format in February 2021.

What is the minimum MPRE score needed to take the Texas Bar exam?

Texas requires a minimum scaled MPRE score of 85.

How is the Texas Bar Exam Graded?

The Texas Bar Exam is weighted as follows:

  • MBE 40%
  • Essays 40%
  • Procedure/Evidence exam 10%
  • MPT 10%

Scores from all sections are scaled and combined, and a grade of 675 or higher out of 1,000 is required to pass the exam.

When are the Texas Bar scores released?

The results of the July Texas Bar Exam are released in early October. The results of the September Bar Exam are expected to be released in early November.

Can I transfer my MBE scores from another jurisdiction?

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

What is the Texas Reciprocity Agreement like?

Texas will accept admission on motion if the applicant meets the following requirements:

  • actively engaged in the practice of law for at least 5 of 7 years immediately preceding the application
  • has a JD from an ABA-accredited law school
  • has a valid, active license
  • has been a member of the bar in good standing at all times

How can I contact the Texas State Bar?

Texas Board of Law Examiners

P.O. Box 13486
Austin, TX 78711-3486
Telephone: (512) 463-1621
https://ble.texas.gov/home

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