Tennessee Bar Exam Information

Tennessee Bar ExamTennessee bar exam format, subjects, scoring, pass rates, dates, and bar review course options. Comprehensive resources to help pass the Tennessee Bar Exam.

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Tennessee Bar Exam Format


The Tennessee Bar Exam is administered over two days. The examiners have adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (“UBE”).

Day 1

The written portion of the exam is administered on the first day of the Tennessee bar exam. The written portion of the bar exam consists of the Multistate Performance Test (“MPT”) and the Multistate Essay Exam (“MEE”). You will have three hours to answer two MPT questions. You will have three hours to answer the six MEE questions.

Day 2

The Multistate Bar Exam (“MBE”) is administered on the second day of the Tennessee bar exam. The MBE is a multiple-choice test containing 200 questions. The MBE is split into a morning and afternoon session. Each session consists of 100 questions. You have three hours to complete each session.

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Useful Links

  1. Tennessee Bar Review Course – AmeriBar has been helping students pass the bar exam for over 15 years.
  2. Tennessee Bar Tutor – AmeriBar has been helping students pass the Tennessee bar exam for over 15 years.
  3. TennesseeBarExam.com – Detailed Information and resources for Tennessee bar exam takers.
  4. MBEQuestionBank.com  – Online question bank with over 2500 simulated MBE questions.

Exam Dates

  • February 25-26, 2020
  • July 28-29, 2020
  • February 23-24, 2021
  • July 27-28, 2021

Tennessee Bar Admissions

Tennessee Board of Law Examiners
401 Church Street, Suite 2200
Nashville, TN 37219

Tennessee MPRE Score Requirement

Tennessee requires bar exam applicants to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (“MPRE”). You must score 75 or higher on the MPRE in order to pass in Tennessee.

Scoring/Grading and Results

Before the adoption of the UBE, in order to pass the Tennessee bar exam, you needed to score at least 270. This equates to 135, based on the MBE’s 200-point scale. The examiners have indicated that they may change the passing score for the UBE.  The scores of the exam sections are weighted as follows: The Tennessee essay questions 30%, MPT 20%, and MBE 50%. Tennessee makes bar exam results available approximately six weeks after the exam.


In Tennessee, in order to be eligible for admission by motion, a lawyer must be in good standing in at least one other state or federal jurisdiction and have practiced law for at least five of the last seven years.

Tennessee will also accept a transferred UBE score above the passing score requirement in Tennessee. The UBE score attained in another UBE jurisdiction will be valid for 3 years after the examiners released results for the same exam administration.

Tennessee will not permit admission by motion or UBE score in another jurisdiction if an applicant has failed the Tennessee bar exam within the last five years.

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Tennessee Bar Exam Subjects

Tennessee Essay Subjects

  • Business Associations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Trusts, Wills, and Estates
  • UCC Article 2 – Secured Transactions
  • All MBE Subjects

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts and Sales
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Property
  • Torts
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Tennessee Bar Exam Statewide Pass Rates

Exam DateFirstRepeatTotal
July 201877%16%65%
February 201860%23%36%
July 201779%33%68%
February 201761%36%47%
July 201673%26%63%
February 201668%33%51%
July 201574%17%65%
February 201564%45%54%
July 201472%23%66%
February 201472%50%64%

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