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Texas Bar Exam Information

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Texas Bar Exam Overview

The Texas Bar Examination (TBE) is a 2 1/2-day test with four components: the Multistate Performance Test (MPT); the Procedure and Evidence questions (P&E); the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE); and the Texas Essay questions.

Procedure and Evidence Questions

The Procedure and Evidence (P&E) portion contains forty short answer questions on Texas and Federal Procedure and Evidence: twenty questions on Civil Procedure and Evidence and twenty questions on Criminal Procedure and Evidence.

Texas Essay Questions

Areas of law that covered on the Texas Essay portion include the following:Business Associations, Consumer Rights (including DTPA and Insurance), Family Law, Real Property (including Oil and Gas), Trusts and Guardianships, Uniform Commercial Code, and Wills and Administration.

Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) is developed by NCBE and consists of one 90-minute item.

The MPT is designed to test the ability of an examinee to use fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation and complete a task that a beginning lawyer should be able to accomplish. The MPT is not a test of substantive knowledge. Rather, it is designed to evaluate certain fundamental skills lawyers are expected to demonstrate regardless of the area of law in which the skills arise.

Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

The MBE, which is administered on Wednesday, is developed and graded by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE).

This portion of the examination is an objective 6-hour examination containing 200 multiple-choice questions.

The MBE tests 7 subjects: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.

Training After Admission = Yes

After being admitted to the practice of law in Texas, applicants must complete a mandatory seminar within 1 year of admission.

2020 Filing Deadlines & Fees

When is the TX Bar Exam in 2020?

February 25-27, 2020 July 28-30, 2020
Timely Filing: Sept 1, 2019 Feb 1, 2020
Late Filing: Nov 1, 2019 Apr 1, 2020
Final Filing: Dec 1, 2019 May 1, 2020

How Much Does the TX Bar Exam Cost?

Exam fee: $320 (Texas law student) /$435 (out-of-state law student) /$1,140 (foreign-educated non-attorney)
Attorney Exam fee: $1,040 (attorneys licensed in another state) /$1,140 (foreign attorneys)
Laptop Computer fee: $129.25
Late Filing Fee: $150
Final Filing Fee: $300

What is the TX Bar Exam Schedule Like?

The Texas Bar Exam is a 2 1/2-day exam administered twice a year beginning on the Tuesday before the last Wednesday of the months of February and July, unless the Board otherwise directs.

Tue One MPT question (90-min) and 40 P & E questions (90-min) --
Wed 100 MBE Questions (3 hours) 100 MBE Questions (3 hours)
Thurs Six Essay Questions (3 hours) Six Essay Questions (3 hours)

What Subjects Are Tested On The TX Bar Exam?

Short Answer/Objective Subjects

  • Texas Civil Procedure and Evidence - including Jurisdiction
  • Federal and Texas Criminal Procedure and Evidence

MBE Subjects

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

Essay Subjects

  • Business Associations (2 questions)
  • Consumer Rights (including DTPA and Insurance) (1 question)
  • Family Law (2 questions)
  • Real Property (including Oil and Gas) (2 questions)
  • Trusts and Guardianships (1 question)
  • Uniform Commercial Code (2 questions)
  • Wills and Administration (2 questions)

TX Bar Exam Grading & Scoring Process

Texas total scores are reported on a 1000-point scale and a passing score of 675 is required in Texas.

  • MBE: 40%
  • Essay: 40%
  • MPT: 10%
  • P&E exam: 10%.

Required MPRE Score: 85


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

Results for the July exam are typically released in early November.

TX Bar Exam Reciprocity

Acceptance of MBE Score

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

Admission without Examination

May be admitted without exam if actively engaged in the practice of law for at least five of seven years immediately preceding application, have a J.D. from an ABA accredited law school, have a valid active license, and have been a member in good standing at all times.

How do I Contact the TX Bar?

Texas State Bar
P.O. Box 13486
Austin, TX 78711
Phone: 512-463-1621

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