Supreme Court Order
The Supreme Court of Texas has issued an order to:
- Cancel the July 2020 in-person Texas Bar Exam.
- Administer an in-person Texas Bar Exam as scheduled for September 9-10, 2020, subject to guidance from public health authorities.
- Administer an on-line Texas Bar Exam on October 5-6, 2020.
Those who have applied for the July and September exams will have the option to take the October exam instead. Procedures for exercising this option will be posted soon.
The October on-line exam will be administered remotely. Details--including assistance for wi-fi and appropriate testing spaces, and arrangements for handwriters--will be posted soon.
July/September applicants may change their application to the February 2021 bar exam (UBE) examination without additional expense—simply message your analyst.
New applicants may apply for the September or October exam. An additional registration period for the September or October exam will be announced soon.
July applicants who have registered their laptops with ILG will be able to transfer their ILG Exam360 registration to September or October without additional cost.
For information on supervised practice under the Rules, please visit the State Bar of Texas.
Emergency Board Meeting
Emergency Board Meeting
July and September 2020 Bar Exams
July / September 2020 Bar Exams will be shortened to 2 days
The Board of Law Examiners will conduct the remaining 2020 Texas Bar Examination in a condensed two-day format in two separate sessions scheduled for July 28-29 and September 9-10, 2020, as ordered by the Texas Supreme Court in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Court’s Order issued on June 2, 2020 amends Rule 11(d) of the Rules Governing Admission to the Bar, to require the two-day examination and to re-weight the examination components to accommodate the Board’s plan to reduce the number of Texas Essay Questions (Essays) to six, instead of 12. The modified examination will be weighted as follows: Multistate Performance Test (MPT) 10%, Texas Procedure and Evidence (P&E) 10%, Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) 50% and Essays 30%.
The examination modifications will reduce the time required for applicants and examination staff to be present at the examination sites by one-half day and lower the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus. The Court’s Order follows the Board of Law Examiners’ recommendation adopted at its meeting on May 22, 2020, proposing to shorten the examination by reducing the number of essays and re-weighting the components to improve the reliability of the examination as a testing instrument. The Board relied on a study performed in 2018 by Research Solutions Group, a psychometric consulting firm that evaluated the likely effect of adopting either the Uniform Bar Examination or a shorter, two-day bar examination. The study concluded that using fewer Essays would lower the test reliability factor, but that increasing the weight of the MBE and reducing the weight of the six Essays would improve reliability to an acceptable level. A full copy of the 2018 report is available on the Board of Law Examiners’ website.
The Board will administer the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), a two-day examination, for the February 2021 Texas Bar Examination. The UBE consists of the MBE weighted 50%, two MPT questions weighted 20% and six Multistate Essay Examination questions weighted 30%. A majority of U.S. jurisdictions now accept UBE scores for bar admission, subject to each jurisdiction’s individual requirements.
For more information, please see our FAQs.
February 2020 Selected Answers & MPT Question Now Available
The February 2020 Selected Answers are now available on our Selected Answers page.
New FAQs for the July/September 2020 Texas Bar Exams
We have added new FAQs to address examinee questions about the July/September 2020 Texas Bar Exam.
Bar Exams scheduled for July 28-30, 2020 and September 9-11, 2020
In its Thirteenth Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (Misc. Docket No 20-9060), the Supreme Court of Texas:
- Determined that the Board should administer the Texas bar examination as scheduled on July 28-30, 2020, subject to change based on state and local orders and the guidance of public health authorities.
- Determined the Board should also offer an administration of the Texas bar examination on September 9-11, 2020.
- Adopted updated Rules Governing the Supervised Practice of Law by Qualified Law Students and Qualified Unlicensed Law School Graduates in Texas.
The full order, including the new Rules Governing the Supervised Practice of Law by Qualified Law Students and Qualified Unlicensed Law School Graduates in Texas, can be viewed here: Misc. Docket No 20-9060
The Board will extend the final filing deadline for registering for the July 2020 Texas Bar Exam to 11:59 p.m. on June 1, 2020.
- Seating for the July 2020 bar exam will be limited as needed to implement social distancing and other safety requirements. Seating will be prioritized based on registration date. If an eligible applicant is not permitted to take the July bar examination, we will automatically register the applicant for the September administration and transfer their fees, unless the applicant requests (on or before a date set by the Board) to change or withdraw registration and transfer the fees to a future administration in Texas or to an application for admission based on a transferred UBE score.
- If any July 2020 applicant withdraws their application by June 1, we will apply their fees to a future Texas Bar Exam or a future UBE transfer application. To withdraw, simply message your analyst by June 1.
- New July 2020 applicants who have already submitted a UBE transfer application to us should request a fee waiver with their bar exam application so that we can apply their UBE transfer fees to the bar exam application.
- The Board will waive late fees for new July 2020 applicants who are applying for the July 2020 Texas Bar Exam due to the cancellation or postponement of a bar exam that they applied for in another state. These applicants should request a fee waiver with their bar exam application and provide documentation of their registration for a now-cancelled or postponed bar exam.
UPDATED 5/4/20: To apply for the September 2020 Texas Bar Exam, submit a bar exam application by the June 1 deadline.
The Board will begin accepting applications for the September 2020 bar exam soon. The July 2020 bar exam filing deadlines apply to the September 2020 Texas Bar Exam.
- To apply for the September exam, submit a bar exam application by the June 1 deadline. For now, the application will still reference the July 2020 bar exam. Our programmers will soon add a feature to ATLAS to allow you to easily convert an application for the July 2020 Texas Bar Exam into an application for the September 2020 Texas Bar Exam. We will notify you via ATLAS once this feature has been added. Any July 2020 applicant will be able to transfer to the September exam without any additional fees.
- We are in the process of securing venues for the September exam. Please understand that we may not be able to offer the exam in all six cities.
We will update our FAQs with more information about exam sites and application procedures in the coming days.
February 2020 Texas Bar Exam Statistics Now Available
The February 2020 bar exam statistics can be found here.
February 2020 Texas Bar Exam Pass List
We have posted the February 2020 Bar Exam Pass List here.
Statistics will be posted next week.
Results were delivered to the ATLAS accounts of February 2020 examinees this morning.
As we face the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board is taking steps to protect the health and safety of our employees and the community. Our office building in Austin is closed to the public, but we are still operating. Current applicants may continue to communicate with their analysts through ATLAS. General questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are scoring the February 2020 Texas Bar Exam, and expect to release results the first week of May.
At this time, we are preparing to administer the July 2020 Texas Bar Exam as scheduled (July 28-30, 2020), and no extensions have been made to application deadlines. We are also exploring options for the July exam in the event that prohibitions against large gatherings remain in effect. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will immediately notify all applicants through ATLAS of any changes to the July bar exam schedule.
Our physical office is closed to the public
Due to the current public health emergency, the Board of Law Examiners’ physical office is closed to the public until further notice.
Board staff continues to work remotely with access to voice mail and may be reached through the ATLAS portal or by email. Current applicants may continue to communicate with their analyst via ATLAS, and general questions may be sent to email@example.com.
July 2020 Bar Exam--Late Filing Deadline
Unless you are awaiting your results on the February 2020 Texas Bar Exam, to meet the Late Filing Deadline to apply for the July 2020 Bar Exam, you must do the following on or before 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2020:
(1) Upload an acceptable photograph to your ATLAS account--you will not be able to submit your application until after you have uploaded a photograph, and we have reviewed and accepted it
(2) Complete and upload an Authorization and Release
(3) Complete and submit your bar exam application through your ATLAS account
(4) Pay the filing fee and a $150 late fee (or submit a fee waiver request due to indigence)
If you do not complete all these steps by 11:59 p.m. on April 1, 2020, you may still submit your bar exam application during the Final Filing Period*, subject to a $300 late fee. The Final Filing Period ends on May 1, 2020. Unless you are awaiting your results on the February 2020 Texas Bar Exam, we will not accept any applications for the July 2020 Bar Exam after the Final Filing Deadline of May 1, 2020. No exceptions.
*All applications for testing accommodations must be submitted with your bar exam application and by the Late Filing Deadline of April 1. No applications for testing accommodations will be after April 1.
If you are awaiting your results on the February 2020 Texas Bar Exam, you will be able to apply for the July 2020 Texas Bar Exam during the Special Filing Period, which opens shortly after the results of the February 2020 Texas bar exam are delivered, and closes at 11:59 p.m. on June 1, 2020. No late fee applies.
For more information, see:
February 2020 Texas Essay Questions and Procedure and Evidence Questions have been posted
February 2020 Texas Essay Questions and Procedure and Evidence Questions have been posted on our the Past Exams tab of our Bar Exam Information page.
Uniform Bar Exam FAQs
What is the UBE? When will Texas start giving it? You can find answers to frequently asked questions about the UBE here: UBE FAQs (Updated 8/20/19)
July 2019 MPT Question Now Available
July 2019 Selected Answers Now Available
The July 2019 Selected Answers are now available on our Selected Answers page.
July 2019 Statistics Now Available
The July 2019 exam statistics can be found here.
July 2019 Texas Bar Exam Pass List
We have posted the July 2019 Bar Exam Pass List here.
Letters have been delivered to the ATLAS account of July 2019 examinees.