The Texas state bar exam will be administered on July 27-28, 2021.
Applications are due February 1, 2021. Late applications are accepted until May 1, 2021.
For details on the application process and deadlines, please visit the Texas Board of Law Examiners website.
Information regarding the character and fitness screening is available online.
** UPDATE: Texas will begin accepting applications to transfer UBE scores from other jurisdictions on Dec. 1, 2019 and will administer the first UBE in Texas in February 2021 with a passing score of 270. Exam takers will be required to complete a Texas Law Component. **
Under the approved Rules, Texas will begin accepting applications to transfer UBE scores from other jurisdictions on December 1, 2019, and will administer the first UBE in Texas in February 2021. Under the approved Rules, the minimum passing UBE score in Texas will be 270.
Under the approved Rules, an applicant for admission to the Bar must successfully complete the Texas Law Component (TLC) prescribed by the Board and approved by the Supreme Court in addition to receiving an acceptable UBE score. The Court has ordered Texas to have the TLC available for administration by June 1, 2020.
The Texas Law Component will be a series of video presentations on Texas law from experienced Texas attorneys. Each segment will be followed by questions that applicants must answer correctly in order to proceed to the next segment. The total length of the presentations will be between 10 and 12 hours. Texas plans to have the TLC available by April 2020, but it may not be available until June 1, 2020. Once it is available, applicants may access the TLC on-line and on-demand, for no additional fee. Applicants may complete the TLC up to one year before taking a bar exam and up to two years after passing a bar exam in Texas.
The UBE is composed of the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) which are prepared by, given, and graded in accordance with the standards established by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Additional information regarding the content of the UBE is available here under the UBE tab and at http://www.ncbex.org/exams/ube.
The UBE will be given in Texas, starting February 2021, twice a year on the last consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July.
A scaled score of 270 on the UBE will be required for admission in Texas.
Tuesday AM: MEE (6 essays, 3 hours)
Tuesday PM: MPT (2 items, 3 hours)
Wednesday AM: MBE (100 questions, 3 hours)
Wednesday PM: MBE (100 questions, 3 hours)
The Texas Board of Law Examiners provides copies of past examinations and selected answers on their website.
There are multiple resources that provide sample questions and answers for the UBE: