US Bar Exam Digest 2017 - Texas

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Texas Bar Examination

Bar Exam: Last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of February and July

The Texas bar exam is a 2-1/2 -day exam.


• Day 1: One 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) question and a 90-minute Procedure and Evidence (P&E) exam consisting of 20 Criminal and 20 Civil P&E questions.

• Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam.

• Day 3: Twelve essay questions.


Subjects Tested

• Multistate Performance Test (Day 1)

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


• Short Answer/Objective Subjects (Day 1)

Texas Civil Procedure & Evidence, Federal & Texas Criminal Procedure and Evidence.


• MBE Subjects (Day 2)

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


• Texas Essay Subjects (Day 3)

Bankruptcy*, Business Associations (Agency, Corporations, Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, Professional Associations), Consumer Rights (including DTPA and Insurance), Family Law, Real Property (including Oil and Gas), Taxation (Income, Estate, Gift)*, Trusts and Guardianships, Uniform Commercial Code, Wills and Estate Administration.


*Cross-over topics



A scaled score of 85 on the MPRE is required for admission. Visit for information on MPRE dates, filing deadlines and application fees.


Filing Deadlines and Fees

For the February exam, an application is timely filed if received between June 30 and August 30 of the year preceding exam. For the July exam, an application is timely filed if received between the preceding November 30 and January 30.


Foreign applicants must submit the following application fees payable to the Board of Law Examiners:

Exam fees: $1,140


Grading and Results

MBE (weighted 40%), essay (weighted 40%), MPT (weighted 10%) and Procedure and Evidence exam (weighted 10%) are combined. A passing score requires a minimum of 675 scaled points out of 1,000. Applicants must pass the exam in its entirety. Results are generally released in early May for the February exam and early November for the July exam.



• 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.


Board of Law Examiners

Tel: (001) (512) 463-1621