Tennessee Bar Exam Information

The Tennessee Bar Exam will be given over a two day period in the cities of Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville during the last week of February and during the last week of July.  The exam lasts two days. 

Tennessee’s Bar exam is made up of two different exams.  This has one essay exam and one multiple choice exam.  To pass this professional exam you will need to meet minimum scores on each test. 

On the first day of the Tennessee Bar Exam you will be given the Multistate Bar Exam, also referred to as the MBE.  This exam will consist of 200 multiple choice questions that cover general legal topics and issues.  On the second day of the exam you will be given twelve essay questions. T o pass this examination you will need to meet at least one of these score minimums.

The first way to pass is to have a minimum MBE score of 135 and an essay minimum score of 7 points out of 12.  The second way to pass is to have an MBE minimum score of 130 and an essay score of at least 8 points out of 12.  The final way to pass this exam is to earn a minimum of 125 points on the MBE and then earn at least 9 points out of 12 points on the essay section of the exam.

To prepare for the Tennessee Bar Exam Essay you should review the following topics:
1. Constitutional Law
2. Evidence
3. Contracts
4. Criminal Law and Procedure
5. Real Property
6. Torts
7. Remedies
8. Community Property
9. Conflict of Laws
10. Persons and Domestic Relations
11. Corporations
12. Agency and Partnership
13. Wills, Estates, and Trusts
14. Uniform Commercial Code
15. Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure
16. Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
17. Commercial Papers
18. Family Law
19. Sales
20. Secured Transactions
21. Future Interests

To prepare for the Tennessee Bar Exam you will also need to study for the Multistate Bar Exam.  This exam will be made up of 200 multiple choice questions that cover the following topics as they are generally applied throughout the United States of America:
1. Constitutional Law
2. Contracts and Sales
3. Criminal Law and Procedures
4. Evidence
5. Real Property
6. Torts

Candidates are also required to earn a bachelors degree from an accredited institutions, and to earn a JD from an ABA approved law school.

The fee structure of the Tennessee bar exam stipulates that when serving a notice of intent, $80 is to be paid.  This amount is non-refundable/non-transferable.  The applicants must also pay an exam fee of $300.


Inside Tennessee Bar Exam Information