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Bar Exam


NEW! What is the UBE? When will Texas start giving it? You can find answers to frequently asked questions about the UBE here: UBE FAQs

The Texas Bar Examination is a 2½-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.


Daily Testing Schedule

     Tuesday-MPT & P&E    Wednesday-MBE    Thursday-Essays
  Morning Session

  Two 90-minute sessions

  Must remain seated between sessions

  3 hours of testing  3 hours of testing
  Lunch Break              --  Approx. 12:00-1:30  Approx. 12:00-1:30
  Afternoon Session              --  3 hours of testing  3 hours of testing


Admission Ticket
If you are eligible to sit for the exam, we will deliver an Admission Ticket to your ATLAS account 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 the February 2020 Bar Exam


  • 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 Palmer Events Center 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 the Palmer Events Center will be disposed of.
  • We will provide secure phone storage each day of the exam. Each examinee may bring one cell phone to 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 on Wednesday and Thursday of the exam.
  • Where two Texas Essay Questions cover the same subject, one question will be presented in each session. For example, if the first family law question is presented as Question 1, then the second family law question will not be presented as Question 2. Instead, the second family law question will be presented in the afternoon session. The trust and guardianship question and the consumer rights question will also be presented in different sessions—one will appear in the morning session, and the other will appear in the afternoon session.

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 You may request this information from NCBE in printed form.


The Texas Essays include:

  • Business associations (2 questions)
  • Wills and administration (2 questions)
  • Family law (2 questions)
  • Uniform Commercial Code (2 questions)
  • Real property (including oil and gas) (2 questions)
  • Trusts and guardianships (1 question)
  • Consumer rights (including DTPA and insurance) (1 question)
  • Cross-Over Topics listed in Appendix A

The Procedure and Evidence Questions (P&E) include Texas civil procedure and evidence (including jurisdiction), and Texas and federal criminal procedure and evidence.