Texas Bar Exam Information

The Texas bar exam lasts three days.   On day one, a Procedure/Evidence exam and one 90-minute Multistate Performance Test question are given.   On day two, the Multistate Bar Exam is administered.   On day three, twelve essay questions are given.

The MBE counts for 40%.  The essay questions count for 40%.  The MPT counts for 10%.  The Procedure/Evidence exam counts for 10%.

For its bar exam, Texas requires completion of two parts.

The first portion of the Texas Bar Exam is the Multistate Bar Examination, or the MBE. The MBE is administered twice annually; once on the last Wednesday in February and again on the last Wednesday in July.

The second portion of the Texas Bar Exam tests candidates on unique aspects of Texas’s laws.  The state specific portion of the Texas bar examination is administered in essay format.

The MBE subjects include: Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.

The essay subjects for the bar exams include: Business Associations (including Agency, Corporations, Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, and Professional Associations), Trusts and Guardianships, Wills and Administration, Family Law, UCC (including Consumer Rights, including DTPA and insurance), and Real Property (including Oil and Gas).

The cross-over topics include: Income, estate, and gift tax issues, to be included where appropriate, as an element of questions in other subjects, such as Family Law, Will and Estates, and Real Property.

The procedure and evidence subjects include: Texas Civil Procedure and Evidence, including jurisdiction, and Federal and Texas Criminal Procedure and Evidence.

The day one exam is in the morning session and the first part of the written exam consists of – MPT and Procedure & Evidence (90 minutes each).  The next day of the exam consists of the MBE.  The MBE is a 200 question multiple choice exam. 100 questions are asked in the morning over a three hour period, and 100 questions are asked in the afternoon over a three hour period. The MBE has 33 questions each for Contracts and Torts, and 31 questions each for Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, and Real Property. 190 of the 200 questions are graded, the other 10 are experimental.  The third day of the exam consists of the second part of the written exam – Texas essays.

A Texas law student must pay $300 in fees when submitting his or her bar exam application. This amount covers the $150 Application Fee, the $75 Examination Fee, and the $74 Investigation Fee.

An out-of-state student must pay $415 in fees when submitting his or her bar exam application. This amount covers the $150 Application Fee, the $40 Fingerprint Card Processing Fee, the $75 Examination Fee, and the $150 Investigation Fee.

An additional $150 late fee will be assessed (in addition to the above-stated regular application fees) for late applications.


Inside Texas Bar Exam Information