Tennessee Bar Examination (UBE)

Bar Exam Information

NOTE: Bar exam information is subject to change without notice.

Please verify with bar examiner’s office.


2021: February 23 – 24, July 27 – 28

The Tennessee 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).

Tennessee Board of Law Examiners

511 Union Street, Suite 525
Nashville, TN 37219

Phone: (615) 741-3234

Fax: (615) 741-5867

Email: BLE.Administrator@tncourts.gov

Web: www.tnble.org/

Bar Exam Location

Nashville Municipal Auditorium
417 4th Avenue N.
Nashville, TN 37201

Subjects Tested

Multistate Performance Test “Closed universe” practical questions using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.

A passing score of 82 or higher on the MPRE within 2 years of successfully completing the Tennessee bar examination must be achieved in order to be eligible for admission.

Filing Deadlines and Fees

The application process to take the examination shall begin on March 1 for the July exam and October 1 for the February exam and shall be completed no later than May 20 if taking the July examination and December 20 if taking the February examination. These deadlines are absolute. The process for submitting an application for admission by exam is completed online at synergy.tnble.com. The TNBLE will not accept hard copies of applications.

Exam Fee: $575 plus current fees charged by National Conference of Bar Examiners for character and fitness application

Re-take Fee: $375

UBE score transfer application fee: $625


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 a passing score of 270.

Additional Requirements

Applicants completing the bar examination will receive information for access to the Tennessee Law Course which must be completed, in addition to completion of the character and fitness investigation, in order to be eligible for admission. The TLC is an online course on Tennessee-specific law that will take approximately 7.5 hours to complete.


Admission on Motion

Attorneys from other states utilizing the UBE can petition for admittance in Tennessee based on those results.

Acceptance of MBE Score

Tennessee does not accept MBE scores transferred from previous Tennessee exams or from exams taken in another jurisdiction, whether or not concurrent. All applicants must sit for the entire examination.

Admission by UBE

The process for submitting an Application for Admission to the Tennessee Bar by transferred UBE score is completed online at synergy.tnble.com

In-House Counsel

The process for submitting a Tennessee application to register as In-House Counsel is completed online at synergy.tnble.com.

Foreign Law School Graduates

If your education was received in a country other than the United States, you may qualify for admission by examination or transferred UBE score if you meet the requirements of eligibility.

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