Texas Bar Exam Information

Texas Bar Exam Information

Texas Board of Law Examiners
205 W. 14th St., #500
P.O. Box 13486
Austin, TX 78711-3486
(512) 463-1621

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Subjects and Topics Tested

The Texas bar exam may test the following MBE and Texas 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

Texas Essay Subjects

  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Associations (Incl. Agency & Partnership, Corporations, LLCs, Professional Associations)
  • Consumer Law ( Incl. Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act & Texas statutes that tie-in to it, Texas Debt Collection Practices Act,  Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Insurance Law)
  • Family Law
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Commercial Paper (U.C.C. Article 3)
  • Secured Transactions (U.C.C. Article 9)
  • Taxation
  • Wills and Administration
  • Trusts and Future Interests
  • Texas Procedure and Evidence (Federal & Texas Criminal Procedure and Evidence, and Texas Civil Procedure and Evidence (incl. jurisdiction)

Application Filing Deadlines and Fees

July 2017 Exam
Filing Deadline: January 30
Late Filing Deadline: March 30

February 2018 Exam
Filing Deadline: August 30
Late Filing Deadline: October 30


Application Fees
Texas Law Student: $300
Out of State Law Student: $490
U.S. Attorneys: $1040
Foreign Attorneys: $1140
Repeaters: $320
Late Filing Fee: $150

Laptop Fee: $50

Scoring and Grading

Passing the Texas Bar Exam requires a minimum combined score of 675 out of 1000 points. The cumulative score is based on the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) (worth 40%), Texas essay questions (worth 40%), Texas Procedure and Evidence (P&E) questions (worth 10%), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) (worth 10%).

Bar Exam Dates

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

Upcoming Exams

2017: July 25-27

2018: February 27- March 1 and July 24-26

Bar Exam Results

Texas bar exam results are typically released the first week of May for the February exam and the first week of November for the July exam.

Bar Exam Format

The Texas bar exam is 2.5 days long and consists of the MBE, 1 MPT, 12 Texas essay questions, 20 Criminal P&E questions, and 20 Civil P&E questions.

Tuesday is a half day. During the 3-hour morning session, 1 MPT and 40 P&E questions 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.

During the 3-hour morning session, 6 Texas essays are administered. The 3-hour afternoon session is comprised of 6 more Texas essay questions.


The Texas Bar allows admission on motion for U.S. attorneys who meets all requirements for admission, including: (1) admitted to practice law in another jurisdiction; (2) practiced law in that jurisdiction for 5 of the previous 7 years; (3) graduated from an ABA approved law school; and (4) have not failed the Texas bar exam.

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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