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For September 2020, the Texas Bar Examination is a 2-day test with four components: the Multistate Performance Test (MPT); the Procedure and Evidence questions (P&E); the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE); and the Texas Essay questions. (Beginning in February 2021, Texas will administer the UBE.)
Daily Testing Schedule For September 2020
Sept. 2020: Wednesday- MPT. P&E, and Essays
Sept. 2020: Thursday-MBE
MPT (90 minutes)
Procedure & Evidence Questions (90 minutes)
Must remain seated between sessions
|MBE 1-100 ( 3 hours )|
|Lunch Break||Approx. 12:00-1:30||Approx. 12:00-1:30|
|Afternoon Session||Texas Essays 1-6 (3 hours)||MBE 101-200 (3 hours)|
If you are eligible to sit for the exam, we will deliver an Admission Ticket to your ATLAS about 4 weeks before the exam. Once we deliver the ticket to your ATLAS account, we will notify you at the e-mail address you have provided to us. You can update your e-mail address by logging in to your ATLAS account and opening the Personal Info tab.) You must print the Admission Ticket, and you must present it at the proper exam site in order to be admitted to the exam.
New Policies for September 2020 Bar Exams
- Examinees must wear a BLE-provided mask at all times. We will provide each examinee with a surgical mask, which must be worn covering the mouth and nose at all times in the exam room and at the exam site.
- In order to enhance safety and security, examinees can no longer leave unattended backpacks, bags, lunches, study materials, or any other Prohibited Item anywhere at an exam site. We will not provide a Personal Belongings Area at the site for these items. Examinees may bring Required Items and Permitted Items into the exam room in a clear plastic zip-lock bag. Any unattended items found anywhere at any exam site will be disposed of.
- We will provide pens, pencils, erasers, and highlighters. Examinees cannot bring their own. In order to facilitate a touchless and socially-distanced check in procedure, examinees should not put pens, pencils, erasers, or highlighters into their plastic bag containing other required and permitted items.
- We will provide secure phone storage each day of the exam, at the Houston, DFW, and Austin sites. Each examinee may bring one cell phone to be stored. Personal masks may also be stored. We will make reasonable efforts to keep stored phones secure; however, the Board is not responsible for lost or damaged phones. Phones that have been stored cannot be accessed during the exam or during lunch breaks.
Texas Bar Exam Subjects
Refer to Appendices A&B of the Rules Governing Admission to the Bar of Texas for a more detailed outline of the Bar Exam subjects. Information regarding the MPT and MBE is available at www.ncbex.org. You may request this information from NCBE in printed form.
The Texas Essays include:
The Procedure and Evidence Questions (P&E) include Texas civil procedure and evidence (including jurisdiction), and Texas and federal criminal procedure and evidence.