Texas Bar Exam 2022 – Admission, Eligibility, Fee, Exam Dates, Process

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Texas bar exam Admission Eligibility

General Eligibility Requirements for Admission to the Bar

To be eligible for admission or reinstatement as a licensed attorney in Texas, an Applicant must:

  • comply with all applicable requirements of these Rules;
  • be at least 18 years of age;
  • be of present good moral character and fitness;
  • have completed the law study required under these Rules, unless specifically exempted under Rule 13;
  • qualify under one of the following categories:
  • be a United States citizen;
  • be a United States national;
  • be an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence;
  • be otherwise authorized to work lawfully in the United States, including in a period of Optional Practical Training; or
  • be an Applicant who does not reside in the United States when the Application is submitted;
  • have satisfactorily completed the Texas Bar Exam, unless specifically exempted from the Texas Bar Exam under Rule 13 (but an Applicant for reinstatement must not be so exempted);
  • have satisfactorily completed the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam;
  • have satisfactorily completed the Texas Law Component, unless specifically exempted under Rule 5 (but an Applicant for reinstatement must not be so exempted);
  • be willing to take the oath required of attorneys in Texas;
  • pay the appropriate licensing fee to the Clerk of Supreme Court of Texas; and
  • enroll in the Bar by filing an enrollment form and paying the appropriate fees and assessments due within the time specified in the State Bar Rules.

If an Applicant does not satisfy all requirements for admission to the Bar within five years from the date that the Applicant is notified that the Applicant has passed the Texas Bar Exam, the Applicant’s Texas Bar Exam score is void; provided, however, that the Board may waive this provision for good cause shown.

Study Requirement

The law study requirement for eligibility of an Applicant to take the Texas Bar Exam, unless otherwise provided in Rule 13, is met by:

  • graduation with a J.D. degree from an approved law school; (2)
  • satisfaction of all requirements for graduation from an approved law school with a J.D. degree; or
  • study of law in an approved law school or schools by satisfying all requirements for graduation with a J.D. degree, except for not more than four semester hours or its equivalent in quarter hours; provided, however, that no person shall be licensed to practice law until graduation or satisfaction of all requirements for graduation, unless specifically excepted.

If a law school was an approved law school when the Applicant enrolled, the law school is deemed to be an approved law school as to that Applicant for four years thereafter, regardless of its status when the Applicant graduated. If a law school was an approved law school when the Applicant graduated, the Applicant is deemed to be a graduate of an approved law school, regardless of the status of the school when the Applicant enrolled.

If an Applicant graduated from a law school that was not an approved law school when the Applicant enrolled and was not an approved law school when the Applicant graduated, the Applicant is not a graduate of an approved law school even if the law school later became or becomes an approved law school

Texas Bar Exam 2022

The Texas Bar Exam will be given at such places as the Board may direct.

The Texas Bar Exam will be given twice a year, beginning on the Tuesday before the last Wednesday of the months of February and July, unless the Board otherwise directs.

An Applicant approved to take the Texas Bar Exam must attend the Texas Bar Examination at the time and place designated by the Board.

The Texas Bar Exam administered before the February 2021 administration will last two days and consist of

  • the Multistate Performance Test (MPT);
  • the Procedure and Evidence Questions (P&E);
  • the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE); and
  • the Texas Essay Questions (Essays).

After grading the answers to the MPT, the P&E, and the Essays, the resulting raw scores on each of these portions will be scaled to the MBE, using the standard deviation method.

Score & Weightage

Scores on the various portions of the exam will be weighted as follows: MPT, 10%; P&E, 10%; MBE, 50%; and Essays, 30%.

An Applicant must earn a combined scaled score of at least 675 (out of a possible 1,000 points) to pass the Texas Bar Examination. A partial score on any portion of a failed examination must not be applied to any subsequent examination.

The Texas Bar Examination administered beginning with the February 2021 administration will last two days and consist of the Uniform Bar Examination components: the Multi Essay Examination (MEE), given on Tuesday; the MPT, given on Tuesday; and the MBE, given on Wednesday. Scores on the various portions of the exam will be weighted as follows: MEE, 30%; MPT, 20%; and MBE, 50%.

An Applicant must earn a combined scaled score of at least 270 (out of a possible 400 points) to pass the Texas Bar Exam. A partial score on any portion of a failed exam must not be applied to any subsequent examination.

An Applicant—who, after a combined total of five exams, has failed to pass the Texas Bar Exam or earn a score of at least 270 on the Uniform Bar Exam administered in another State—cannot take another Texas Bar Exam or be admitted to the Bar based on a transferred Uniform Bar Exam score. For good cause shown, the Board may waive this prohibition.

An Applicant who has failed the Texas Bar Examination more than once may submit a written request, within two weeks of the release of the Texas Bar Examination results, for a Formal Review of the Applicant’s performance on the immediately preceding Texas Bar Examination, excluding the MBE portion).

A Formal Review means an individual 17 oral review of the Applicant’s Texas Bar Examination papers by the examining Board members that takes place in Austin at a time selected by the Board. Regardless of the number of Texas Bar Examinations taken, an Applicant may receive only one Formal Review under this subsection.

An Applicant who has failed the Texas Bar Examination is eligible to receive a written analysis of the Applicant’s performance on the Texas Bar Examination. The Board may determine the form and content of the written analysis.

The Board must keep, for one year from the date of every Texas Bar Exam, all failing Texas Bar Exams. The Board need not keep any part of passing Texas Bar Exams.

Texas Bar Examination Fees

The following provisions shall govern the fees charged by the Board:

  • Attorney Application Fee – $700
  • Check Returned for Insufficient Funds Fee  – $25
  • Exam Fee  – $150
  • Fingerprint Processing Fee –  $40
  • Incomplete Application Fee – $75
  • Investigation Fee – $150
  • Foreign Legal Consultant Certification Renewal Fee – $150
  • Foreign Nation Inquiry Fee – $100
  • Foreign Trained Application Fee  – $700
  • Laptop Exam Fee  – $50
  • Late Fee for Declaration of Intention to Study Law  – $150
  • Late Fee for Texas Bar Exam
    • Feb. by November 1 – $150
    • Feb. by December 1  – $300
    • July by April 1 – $150
    • July by May 1 – $300
  • MBE Transfer Fee – $25
  • Military Attorney Application Fee – $25
  • Practice Time Evaluation Fee  – $150
  • Re-Examination Fee – $75
  • Student Application Fee – $150
  • Uniform Bar Exam Transfer Fee  – $150

No refund or transfer of fees will be made in the event of the withdrawal of any Declaration or Application, nor in the event a determination is made by the Board that the Applicant or Declarant does not meet the requirements imposed under these Rules.

Any fee required under these Rules may be waived or reduced by the Board upon written request and proof of indigence.

Texas Bar Examination Application – Process

Every Applicant to take the Texas Bar Examination must file with the Board an Application with all required fees by the deadlines stated below.

February Texas Bar Examination

Timely Filing Deadline for Application to Take the Texas Bar Examination. The timely filing deadline is September 1.

Late Filing Deadline for Application to Take the Texas Bar Examination. If accompanied by a $150 late filing fee, the Board will accept an Application filed after September 1 and by November 1.

Application for Testing Accommodations. An application for testing accommodations must be filed with the Application to take the Texas Bar Examination, but no later than November 1.

Final Filing Deadline for Application to Take the Texas Bar Examination. If accompanied by a $300 late fee, the Board will accept an Application submitted by December 1. The Board will not accept an Application for the February Texas Bar Examination after December 1 for any reason.

July Texas Bar Examination

Timely Filing Deadline for Application to Take the Texas Bar Examination. The timely filing deadline is February 1.

Late Filing Deadline for Application to Take the Texas Bar Examination. If accompanied by a $150 late filing fee, the Board will accept an Application filed after February 1 and by April 1.

Application for Testing Accommodations. An application for testing accommodations must be filed with the Application to take the Texas Bar Examination, but no later than April 1.

Final Filing Deadline for Application to Take the Texas Bar Examination. If accompanied by a $300 late fee, the Board will accept an Application submitted by May 1. The Board will not accept an Application for the July Texas Bar Examination after May 1 for any reason.

The Application shall be made on a form furnished by the Board and calling for information reasonably related to a thorough inquiry into the Applicant’s good moral character, fitness, legal education and other qualifications required in these Rules. Applicants who have filed a Declaration required under these Rules shall be required to complete the Application with information relating only to the period since the filing of the Declaration.

The Board may require the filing of a Supplemental Investigation Form in situations deemed appropriate by the Board.

The Applicant shall furnish proof satisfactory to the Board of compliance with the law study requirements of Rule 3, and no Applicant shall be admitted to the Texas Bar Examination until the Board has determined that these requirements have been met.

Upon the filing of an Application, the Board shall note the filing date and shall initiate an investigation of the Applicant. For Applicants who filed a Declaration required under these Rules, the investigation shall cover only the period of time subsequent to the filing of the Declaration, unless other matters relevant to moral character or fitness not previously revealed in such Declaration shall have come to the attention of the Board.

How do I amend an application after I have submitted it?

To amend your application:

  1. Log in to your ATLAS account.
  2. Click the blue Amend Application button. 
  3. Scroll to Forms & Progress. 
  4. Click the blue Amend button next to your application.
  5. Select the section that requires amendment from the dropdown options.
  6. Select the question that requires amendment.
  7. Make the required changes.
  8. Click the blue Save button. If you are done amending, click the blue Save & Close button.
  9. Click the green Submit Amendment button. 

Exam Laptop Registration

February 2022 Texas Bar Exam (UBE) Laptop Registration for Those Who Applied to Use Their Laptops

  • Laptop Registration will open on February 1, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. for those who applied to use their laptops
  • Timely Laptop Registration will close on February 15, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Fee: $80
    • Late Laptop Registration will be available for those who applied to use their laptops  through 5:00 p.m. on February 18, 2022, subject to an additional $75 late fee

When laptop registration opens, if you applied to use your laptop, we will send youan e-mail reminding you of the registration period and providing registration instructions. Basically, you will be instructed to purchase the software ($80), download and install the software on the laptop you will use for the exam, and complete the practice  exams.

You can take as many practice exams as you want to. Feel free to use ILG Exam360 to do multiple practice essays and MPTs.

If you encounter any technical issues with ILG Exam360:

  • Submit a technical support ticket directly from your ILG Exam360 user account; or
  • Submit a technical support ticket from the “My Account” tab in ILG Exam360software; or
  • Call 833.ILG.SUPP (833.454.7877).

Texas Bar Exam Schedule 2022 – Exam Dates

The February 2022 Texas Bar Exam will be administered February 22-23, 2022. and upcoming year exam dates are as follows:

  • July 26-27, 2022
  • February 21-22, 2023
  • July 25-26, 2023
  • February 27-28, 2024
  • July 30-31, 2024
  • February 25-26, 2025
  • July 29-30, 2025

Standard Schedule

Tuesday

Wednesday

 Morning Session begin at 8:30 a.m.

MPT1 – MPT2 (3 hours)

MBE 1-100 (3 hours)

 Lunch Break

 12:30-1:30

 12:30 – 1:30

 Afternoon Session begin at 1:30 p.m.

MEE

Essays 1-6 (3 hours)

MBE 101-200 (3 hours)

No additional time will be granted to anyone arriving late. No exceptions will be made under any circumstances.

Admission Ticket

If you are eligible to sit for the exam, Texas Law board of exams will deliver an Admission Ticket to your ATLAS about 3 weeks before the exam. Once they deliver the ticket to your ATLAS account, Texas Law board of exams will notify you at the e-mail address you have provided to them.

You can update your e-mail address by logging in to your ATLAS account and opening the Personal Info tab.) You must print the Admission Ticket, and you must present it at the proper exam site in order to be admitted to the exam.

Texas Bar Examination Results

Texas bar exam results of the February 2022 will be released in mid-April.

Please do not contact the Board’s office to ask if results will be released before this time.

Results of the Bar Exam will be delivered as follows:

Through ATLAS – Texas law board will deliver your results to your ATLAS
account and e-mail you a notification when the results are delivered. It is important to keep your e-mail address updated in ATLAS.

Texas law board website – Texas law board will post a list of the names and examinee numbers of successful examinees on the Board’s website, www.ble.texas.gov. Keep your examinee number, especially if you have a common name, so you can refer to it when reviewing the
pass list.

By first class mail – Upon request, we will mail your results to you.

How do I add my NCBE number to my ATLAS account?

1.Click Personal Info at the top of your ATLAS user home page.
2.Scroll to Additional Information and enter your NCBE number. (If you do not know your NCBE number, click the link provided to get it.)
3.Scroll to the bottom and click Update to save your updates

What is ATLAS?

ATLAS is the Board of Law Examiners’ new website and portal. ATLAS allows applicants to submit applications on-line, pay fees on-line, upload required documents, amend applications on-line, and update personal and contact information on-line.

Can I sit for the Texas Bar Examination if I have not yet received my J.D. degree?

Yes. In order to sit for the Texas Bar Examination, you must simply meet the law study requirement in Rule 3, which states that you must have received a J.D. degree from an ABA-approved law school, or be within 4 semester hours (or 6 quarter hours) of your degree. Your law school must certify that you meet the law study requirement by submitting proof directly to our office. Texas law schools will typically verify their students’ status before we issue admission tickets. You should remain in contact with your law school to ensure that your law school will be able to submit this certification to the Board by the appropriate time in order for you to be eligible to receive an admission ticket for the exam that you applied for.

What is the UBE?

The Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) is an assessment of competency to practice law that is coordinated by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and is composed of the Multistate Essay Examination, two Multistate Performance Test tasks, and the Multistate Bar Examination. It may be administered by any participating jurisdiction over two days. More information on the UBE can be found at www.ncbex.org/exams/ube/. Participating jurisdictions accept transferred UBE scores from other jurisdictions that meet passing score requirements for the receiving jurisdiction. 

What will Texas require as a passing score on the UBE?

Under the approved Rules, the minimum passing UBE score in Texas will be 270.

Where can I find sample UBE questions?

NCBE offers free sample questions for the MBE and MPRE, free questions and analyses from older administrations of the MEE, free MPT summaries from recent administrations, and MPTs and point sheets from older administrations of the MPT.  

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