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Alabama Bar Exam Information

Get Detailed Information About The Alabama Bar Exam Including Schedules, Grading, Reciprocity, Fees, Common Questions & More.

To become a lawyer in Alabama, one must hold a degree from an accredited four-year university, be at least 19 years of age, complete an American Bar Association (ABA)-approved law school program (or graduate from one of three Alabama-approved non-ABA programs), register for the Alabama State Bar as a law student, and, finally, complete the Bar exam with a passing score of 260.

The Alabama Bar Exam uses the two-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) consisting of three main sections. The first day consists of two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions. The first day of the exam is the essay portion of the test, which consists of ten essay questions drafted by the Bar Association of Alabama and the Multistate Performance Test. The second day consists of a 200 question, multiple-choice Multistate Bar Examination (MBE).

The Alabama Bar Exam weights the days differently. So, the MEE and the MPT are scaled to the MBE. The MBE makes up 50% of the weight, while the MEE and MPT make up the other 50%, The MEE takes 30% of the weight, and the MPT gets the other 20%. Test-takers must make a minimum score of 260 to pass.

The best way to prepare for the Bar exam in Alabama is through studying material on the most common law subjects. For the Alabama Bar Exam specifically, the topics are likely related to Alabama Civil Litigation, Commercial Paper, Conflict of Laws, and Family Law, Real Property, Secured Transactions, Federal Civil Procedures, and more. Many find success through practice tests that closely resemble the content and test structure of the Alabama Bar Exam. You can find useful study material here at Test Max Prep.

The Alabama Bar Exam occurs twice a year and is held at varying locations. To apply, applicants must complete the admission application in advance and an original petition to take the bar exam in Alabama.

You can contact the Alabama Board of Examiners for more information about application requirements, test day expectations, and dates.

2021 Filing Deadlines & Fees

When is the AL Bar Exam in 2021?

Test Date July 27-28, 2021 February 22-23, 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2021 October 1, 2021

How Much Does the AL Bar Exam Cost?

Regular Application fee: $575
UBE Score Transfer applicants, Rule III (Reciprocity) applicants $875

What is the AL Bar Exam Schedule Like?

The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is a 2-day exam administered twice a year, with the MBE given on the last Wednesday of February and July and the MEE and MPT given on the Tuesday prior to that.

Tue 6 Essays on any subject (3 hours) 2 Performance Test (3 hours)
Wed 100 MBE Questions (3 hours) 100 MBE Questions (3 hours)

What Subjects Are Tested on The AL Bar Exam?

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Torts

Essay Subjects

  • Business Associations
  • Civil Procedure
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Trusts
  • Wills (Decedents' Estates)

AL Bar Exam Grading & Scoring Process

NCBE scores the MBE component of the UBE. Jurisdictions grade the MEE and MPT components. The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE and UBE total scores are calculated by NCBE.

UBE total scores are reported on a 400-point scale and a passing score of 260 is required in Alabama.

  • MBE: 50%
  • MEE: 30%
  • MPT: 20%

Required MPRE Score: 75


Results for the February exam are typically released in early May.

Results for the July exam are typically released in late September.

AL Bar Exam Reciprocity

UBE Transfer

In order to be eligible for admission in Alabama by transfer of a UBE score, the score must have been earned in a single administration of the UBE, the score must be 260 or higher, and the admission of the applicant must be finalized within 25 months of the date the transferred score was earned. In addition, the applicant must satisfy all other admission requirements including, but not limited to, satisfaction of the MPRE requirement, completion of the online course on Alabama law, and certification by the Committee on Character & Fitness.

Admission on Motion

Alabama does allow for admission on motion. Applicants seeking admission to the Alabama State Bar without examination (through reciprocity) must comply with all provisions of the Rules Governing Admission to the Alabama State Bar. Particularly, the reciprocity eligibility and admission requirements are found in Rule III.

How do I Contact the AL Bar?

Alabama State Bar

Attn: Admissions Office

Administrative Office of the Courts

P.O. Box 671

Montgomery, AL 36101

Phone: 334-269-1515


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