NOTE: Bar exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with bar examiner’s office.
2020: February 25 – 26, July 28 – 29
2021: February 23 – 24, July 27 – 28
The Alabama Bar Exam is a 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).
Day 1: Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions in the AM, and six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions in the PM.
Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM).
A scaled score of 75 on the MPRE is required for admission within 25 months prior to or after passing the Alabama Bar Exam.
Application period for the February Bar Exam is September 1 to October 1. Application period for the July Bar Exam is January 1 to February 1. There is no application period or deadline for applications for admission without examination (reciprocity).
Each applicant for admission by examination must have his or her law school submit a Certificate of Graduation.
First Time Takers Who Are Alabama Residents: $575
Non-resident, applicants who have previously applied, foreign-educated or foreign-licensed and UBE Score Transfer Applicants: $575
Reciprocity Applicants: $875
The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE, with the MBE weighted 50%, the MEE 30% and the MPT 20%. The scores are combined to determine if the applicant has achieved the minimum passing score of 260 points out of 400.
Before being admitted to the practice of law in Alabama, all applicants shall complete a course on Alabama law, the content and delivery of which shall be determined by the Board of Bar Examiners.
An applicant may make a motion for admission to the Alabama State Bar based on reciprocity if the applicant fulfills the applicable requirements and is from a reciprocity state.
In order to be eligible for admission in Alabama by transfer of a UBE score, the score must have been earned in a single administration of the UBE, the score must be 260 or higher, and the admission of the applicant must be finalized within 25 months of the date the transferred score was earned. In addition, the applicant must satisfy all other admission requirements including, but not limited to, satisfaction of the MPRE requirement, completion of the online course on Alabama law, and certification by the Committee on Character & Fitness. [Rule VI(B).C.(6)].
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