Alabama Bar Exam Information

Alabama Bar Exam Information


Board of Bar Examiners
Alabama State Bar
P.O. Box 671
Montgomery, AL 36101
(334) 269-1515

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Subjects and Topics Tested

Alabama is a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) jurisdiction. The UBE consists of the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). The Alabama bar exam may test the following subjects:

MEE Subjects

  • Agency & Partnership
  • Business Associations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Secured Transactions (U.C.C. Article 9)
  • Wills & Estates
  • Trusts

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure (Federal)
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (including U.C.C. Art. 2 – Sales)
  • Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts

Scoring and Grading

A passing score on the Alabama bar exam is 260 on a 400-point scale. The MBE is weighted 50%. The MEE is weighted 30%, and the MPT is weighted 20%.

Bar Exam Dates

The Alabama bar exam is administered twice per year – once in February and once in July.

Upcoming Exams

2017: July 25-26

2018: February 27-28 and July 24-25

Bar Exam Results

Alabama bar exam results are typically released 9 weeks after the exam. February Alabama bar exam results are certified by April 15th.  July exam results are certified by September 15th.  The Secretary of the Board of Commissioners of the Alabama State Bar will notify exam takers whether they passed the exam. If an exam taker fails the exam, they will receive as notice that includes their scaled scores on the exam’s components and raw scores on its written components.

Bar Exam Format

The Uniform Bar Exam (adopted by Alabama), has the written components on Tuesday and the multiple choice component (MBE) on Wednesday

Tuesday
During the 3-hour morning session, two MPT questions are administered. This allows an average of 1.5 hours to complete each.  During the three-hour afternoon session, 6 MEE questions are administered, allowing an average of 1.5 hours to answer each essay question.

Wednesday
100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour morning session, and 100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour afternoon session.

Reciprocity

An applicant may apply for reciprocal admission to the Alabama State Bar if the applicant fulfills the applicable requirements and is from a reciprocity state.  Alabama may accept transfer of an applicant’s UBE score of at least 260 received in another jurisdiction within the past 25 months.

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