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The Texas Bar Exam

Exam TypeNon-UBE
MBE
MEE
MPT
Jurisdiction-specific component
Upcoming Registration DatesSeptember 1, 2018 (February 2019 exam); February 1, 2019 (July 2019 exam)
Recent Pass Rates48% (February 2017); 72% (July 2017)

Introduction

The Texas bar exam assesses whether an examinee is competent to practice law in the State of Texas. Passing the bar exam is an essential step in becoming a lawyer in Texas. Examinees are tested on a variety of legal subjects. Bar exam scores are scaled, meaning that scores are adjusted to reflect the relative difficulty of a particular exam. These adjustments ensure that no examinee is unfairly penalized or rewarded for taking a more or less difficult exam.

Studying for the Texas bar exam is a full-time job that requires discipline, determination, and—for most people—a formal course structure. Quimbee’s Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) review course is expertly designed to help you prepare for the Texas bar examination in the most efficient and effective way possible. Our MBE review course includes 7,000+ smart flashcards, real practice questions and answers with detailed explanations, full-length practice tests, and comprehensive outlines of MBE subjects. 

Read on to learn more about the Texas bar exam.

Texas Bar Exam Format

The Texas bar examination is a 2½-day test with four components: the MBE, the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), Texas procedure and evidence questions (P&E), and essays on Texas law. More details on the Texas bar exam format can be found on the Texas Board of Law Examiners' website.

Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)

The MBE is a six-hour, 200-question multiple-choice examination developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and administered by participating jurisdictions, including Texas, on the last Wednesday in February and July of each year.

According to the NCBE, the purpose of the MBE is to assess the extent to which an examinee can apply fundamental legal principles and legal reasoning to analyze given fact patterns.

The MBE is divided into morning and afternoon testing sessions of three hours each, with 100 questions in each session. There are no scheduled breaks during either the morning or afternoon session, though test taskers typically may be excused from the exam room during the test. Be sure to check with your jurisdiction, however, as the rules regarding leaving the exam room may vary.

Of the 200 questions on the MBE, 175 questions are scored. The remaining unscored 25 questions are used by the NCBE to test potential future questions. The scored questions are distributed evenly, with 25 questions from each tested subject area. The Texas bar exam subjects include civil procedure, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law and procedure, evidence, real property, and torts.

The MBE counts for 40 percent of an examinee’s total score.

Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

The MPT is the third component of the Texas bar exam. The MPT is not a test of substantive knowledge. The MPT consists of two 90-minute problems designed to mimic real-world tasks that a new attorney might be assigned.

The materials for each MPT include a file and a library. The file consists of the facts of a fictitious case and includes legal documents related to the case. The library contains statutes, cases, and other forms of rules. The file and library will include both relevant and irrelevant information; it’s up to you to figure out what you’ll need to complete your task. The examinee’s task will be outlined in a memorandum contained in the file.

The MPT counts for 10 percent of an examinee’s total score.

Jurisdiction-Specific Component

The Texas bar exam includes essays on Texas law and questions on Texas procedure and evidence. Subjects tested on the Texas essays include:

  • business associations (2 questions)

  • wills and administration (2 questions)

  • family law (2 questions)

  • uniform Commercial Code (2 questions)

  • real property (including oil and gas) (2 questions)

  • trusts and guardianships (1 question)

  • consumer rights (including DTPA and insurance) (1 question)

The Procedure and Evidence Questions (P&E) include Texas civil procedure and evidence (including jurisdiction), and Texas and federal criminal procedure and evidence. The P&E section counts for 10 percent of an applicant’s total score. The Texas essay section counts for 40 percent of an applicant’s total score.

More information regarding these components can be found on the Texas Board of Law Examiners' website.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)

A passing score on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is also required to become a licensed Texas attorney. The MPRE tests an examinee’s knowledge of the ethics rules related to the practice of law. According to the NCBE, the purpose of the MPRE is to “measure examinees' knowledge and understanding of established standards related to the professional conduct of lawyers.”

The MPRE’s questions are largely based on the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct, but the MPRE also covers relevant court decisions as well as procedural and evidentiary rules.

The MPRE consists of 60 multiple-choice questions—50 scored questions and 10 unscored questions. As with the MBE, each question on the MPRE is followed by four possible answer options. You’ll have two hours to complete the exam.

The MPRE is offered three times per year, typically in March, August, and November. Be sure to register early—the regular registration fee is $95, but the late registration fee is $190.

The MPRE is scored on a scale that ranges from 50 to 100. Texas requires a minimum-passing MPRE score of 85.

Texas Bar Exam Information

Below is a list of useful information for Texas bar examinees:

Dates

The Texas bar exam is a three-day exam and is offered twice a year on the last consecutive Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in February and July. The Texas bar exam is typically administered in Austin, Houston, Lubbock, San Antonio, Waco, and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. For more information on dates and locations, please see the Texas Board of Law Examiners' website.

Registration Filing Deadlines

The regular deadline for registering for the February 2019 bar exam in Texas is September 1, 2018. The regular deadline for the July 2019 exam is February 1, 2019. For more details on these deadlines, please see the Texas Board of Law Examiners' website.

Fees

The regular application fee for the Texas bar exam is $300 for Texas law students and $490 for out-of-state law students. For more details on fees, visit the Texas Board of Law Examiners' website.

Results

February bar examination results are released approximately 10 weeks after administration of the exam. July bar examination results are released approximately 14 weeks after administration of the exam. Results are posted publicly on the Texas Board of Law Examiners' website.

Contact Info

The Texas Board of Law Examiners is the organization responsible for overseeing admission to the bar in Texas. It is through this board that you will register for the bar exam, receive exam information, and obtain your score.

Mailing address:
Board of Law Examiners
PO Box 13486
Austin, TX 78711-3486

Delivery address:
Board of Law Examiners
205 West 14th Street, Suite 500
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 463-1621
Email: information@ble.texas.gov

Website: https://ble.texas.gov/bar-exam

News

News and information about the Texas bar exam can be found on the Texas Board of Law Examiners' website.

Texas Bar Exam Prep Course

Quimbee does not provide state-specific coverage for the Texas bar exam, but you can use Quimbee MBE Review to supplement your prep. Heavy and cumbersome coursebooks are a thing of the past. All of the course material for Quimbee MBE Review is available from your computer.

Texas Bar Practice Tests

Quimbee’s course offers several full-length practice MBEs and thousands of MBE practice questions—many licensed directly from the NCBE. 

Texas Bar Study Guide

With Quimbee, you’ll watch Quimbee's beautifully designed video lessons, practice multiple-choice questions to test what you've learned, and read through Quimbee's expert-written outlines. And true understanding isn’t just answering a question correctly. You need to know why you got a question right or why you got a question wrong. That’s why Quimbee provides you with detailed explanations for every practice question, so you can understand the difference between the correct and incorrect answers.

Quimbee’s outlines provide comprehensive coverage of all MBE subjects. Quimbee Outlines are written by experts and are perfectly tailored to the NCBE’s subject-matter outlines, so you can be confident you’re studying only the material that’s tested on the bar exam.

Texas Bar Flashcards

You’ll also have access to Quimbee’s 7,000+ MBE flashcards, which utilize the latest developments in learning science to ensure you’re learning as efficiently as possible by assessing your proficiency as you go. Quimbee harnesses the magic of spaced repetition to maximize your learning outcomes. Quimbee’s flashcards cover every topic that appears on the MBE.

So, if you’re wondering how to pass the Texas bar exam, check out Quimbee MBE Review, and you’ll see why Quimbee is the best MBE review tool available.