Alabama Bar Examination (UBE)

2020 Bar Exam Information

NOTE: Bar exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with bar examiner’s office.

BAR EXAM DATES AND FORMAT

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).

Alabama Bar Admissions

Board of Bar Examiners
Alabama State Bar Association
P.O. Box 671
Montgomery, AL 36101

Phone: (334) 269-1515

Web: www.alabar.org/resources/admissions/

Bar Exam Location

Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex
2100 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N
Birmingham, AL 35203

Subjects Tested

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Business Associations (Agency, Partnerships, Corporations, Limited Liability Companies)
  • Conflicts of Law
  • Family Law
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests)
  • Secured Transactions (Article 9 of Uniform Commercial Code)
  • Plus, all MBE Subjects
Multistate Performance Test “Closed universe” practical questions using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.

A scaled score of 75 on the MPRE is required for admission within 25 months prior to or after passing the Alabama Bar Exam.

Filing Deadlines and Fees

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

Scoring

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.

Additional Requirements

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.

Reciprocity

Admission on Motion

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.

Admission by UBE

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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