BAR EXAM INFORMATION
On this page, you can find information for the various Bar examinations and deadlines that are applicable to your situation. Please read the information thoroughly, paying special attention to required deadlines and fee information. Various required forms are linked throughout the page for easy download.
Character & Fitness
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE)
Test Dates, Deadlines, and Fees:
Regular Registration Deadline ($95)
Late Registration Deadline** ($190)
Saturday, March 18, 2017
January 26, 2017
February 2, 2017
Saturday, August 12, 2017
June 22, 2017
June 29, 2017
Saturday, November 4, 2017
September 14, 2017
September 21, 2017
* Applicants whose religious beliefs preclude them from taking the MPRE on a Saturday may apply with LSAC to take the exam on the designated alternate date, usually the following Monday. To apply, you must provide a letter to LSAC on official stationery from your cleric confirming your affiliation with a recognized religious entity that observes its Sabbath throughout the year on Saturday. Email a copy of the letter to LSAC at MPREInfo@LSAC.org. The letter must be received at LSAC by the late registration deadline or you will not be allowed to test.
** ADA Accommodations Requests: All ADA accommodations requests must be RECEIVED by the late registration deadline; NO exceptions.
You can find additional information about the MPRE here.
Tennessee Bar Exam
Students wishing to take the Tennessee Bar Exam should consult the Board of Law Examiners of Tennessee and the National Conference of Bar Examiners for information on completing the bar application and preparing for the bar exam.
This page contains some general information about the Tennessee Bar exam obtained
from these sources.
Please note that the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners has a new website, http://www.tnble.org/.
TN Bar Application
Tennessee applicants must file bar applications with the Tennessee Bar. The Board of Law Examiners uses an electronic application, and application instructions are available here.
Your bar application will require a notary. Brigitte Boyd, Sandy Love and Cheryl Edwards are all notaries at the law school. They are available to notarize applications for University of Memphis law students at no cost. Please schedule an appointment to meet with a notary and make sure to bring your student ID card for identification purposes.
Make sure that you complete the Law Degree or Dean's Certification form and turn it in to Cheryl Edwards, the Administrative Assistant to the Law School Registrar in Room 262 as soon as possible.
Disclose any admonitory actions before turning in your application. If you failed to disclose an admonitory action such as an act of academic dishonesty or an arrest before law school or you were involved in an admonitory while in law school, contact Steve Mulroy, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, as soon as possible.
Information about laptop testing versus hand-writing the bar exam is available here.
TN Bar Exam
The Tennessee Bar exam, a two-day exam, consists of
- The six-hour Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)
- Nine (9) Tennessee essay questions, and
- The Multistate Performance Test (MPE).
Copies of past Tennessee essay questions are available here.
The following subjects may be tested on the Tennessee bar exam:
- Constitutional law (United States and Tennessee);
- Criminal law (substantive and procedural);
- Property (real and personal);
- Civil procedure (United States and Tennessee);
- Business organizations (including agency, partnerships and corporations);
- Commercial transactions (Articles 1, 2, and 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code);
- Wills and estates;
- Family law (husband and wife, parent and child, marriage and divorce, etc.);
- Professional responsibility;
- Restitution and remedies; and
- Conflicts of law.
Other State Bar Exams
If you are taking the bar examination in another state, contact information for each state is available here through the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Additional information is also available in the 2016 Edition of the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admissions Requirements, a joint publication of the National Conference of Bar Examiners and the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.