Tennessee Bar Exam Information

Tennessee Bar Exam Information

Tennessee Board of Law Examiners
401 Church Street, Suite 2200
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 741-3234

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Subjects and Topics Tested

The Tennessee bar exam may test the following MBE and Tennessee Essay subjects:

MBE Subjects

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

Tennessee Essay Subjects

  • Business Organization (Incl. Agency & Partnership, Corporations
  • Commercial Transactions (U.C.C. Articles 1-2 & 9)
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Personal Property
  • Restitution and Remedies
  • Wills & Estates

Application Filing Deadlines and Fees

July 2017 Exam
Filing Deadline: May 20

February 2018 Exam
Filing Deadline: December 20

Application Fees
Non-attorneys: $575
Attorneys: $575
Repeaters: $375

Laptop Fee: $100

Scoring and Grading

Passing the Tennessee bar exam requires a minimum score of 135 out of 200 points. The Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) portion counts for 50%, the Tennessee essay questions count for 37.5%, and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) counts for 12.5%.

Bar Exam Dates

The Tennessee 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

Tennessee bar exam results are typically released 9 weeks after the July exam and 6 weeks after the February exam.

Bar Exam Format

The Tennessee bar exam is 2 days long and consists of the MBE, 9 Tennessee essay questions, and 1 Multistate Performance Test (MPT).

On the first day of the exam 9 Tennessee essay questions and 1 MPT are administered.

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


The Tennessee Bar allows admission on motion if the applicant meets all requirements for admission, including: (1) admitted to practice law in another jurisdiction; (2) practicing law in that jurisdiction for 5 of the last 7 years.

Jurisdiction rules and policies change. Be sure to consult the jurisdiction’s bar admission agency directly for the most current info.




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