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Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE)
Test Dates, Deadlines, and Fees
The 2015 MPRE test dates are listed below. 


Test Date*

Regular Registration Deadline ($80)

Late Registration Deadline** ($160)

Sat., March 28, 2015

February 5, 2015

February 12, 2015

Sat., August 15, 2015

June 25, 2015

July 2, 2015

Sat., November 7, 2015

September 17, 2015

September 24, 2015

* Saturday Sabbath Observers: If your religious beliefs preclude you from taking the MPRE on a Saturday, then you may apply with LSAC to take the exam on the following Monday. (The November 2015 MPRE exam for Saturday Sabbath Observers will be on the following Tuesday.)  To request to take the exam on Monday, you must provide a letter on official stationery from your cleric confirming your affiliation with a recognized religious entity that observes its Sabbath throughout the year on Saturday. The letter must be received by 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/.

(1) File a Notice of Intent to take the Bar.

In Tennessee, applicants must file a notice of intent to take the bar examination.  The Board of Law Examiners uses an electronic application, and application instructions are available here.  

(2) Complete and submit your bar application.

Tennessee applicants must file bar applications with the Tennessee Bar.

Your bar application will require a notary.  Theresa WinkelmannBrigitte Boyd, and Sandy Love 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 David Romantz, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, as soon as possible.

Information about laptop testing versus hand-writing the bar exam is available here.

(3) Take the bar exam.

The Tennessee Bar exam, a two-day exam, consists of

Copies of past Tennessee essay questions are available here.

The following subjects may be tested on the Tennessee bar exam:

  • Business organizations, including agency, partnerships, corporations, and LLCs
  • Civil procedure (Tennessee and federal)
  • Commercial transactions, consisting of Uniform Commercial Code Articles 1 (general provisions), 2 (sales), 3 (negotiable instruments), 6 (bulk transfers),and 9 (secured transactions)
  • Conflicts of law
  • Constitutional law (Tennessee and federal)
  • Contracts, including UCC Article 2 sales
  • Criminal law and procedure
  • Domestic relations or personal status (family law)
  • Evidence
  • Professional responsibility
  • Property, real and personal
  • Remedies and restitution
  • Torts
  • Wills and estates.

Important information for the July 2015 Tennessee Bar Exam:

  • Exam Dates: 
    • Tuesday, July 28, and Wednesday, July 29, 2015  
  • Filing Deadlines:
    • Filing Deadlines for First Examination:
      • Complete Application and Exam Fee: April 15, 2015
      • Late Application and Final Deadline: June 10, 2015 
    • Filing Deadlines for Re-examination:
      • Application and Exam Fee: May 15, 2015
      • Late Application and Final Deadline: June 10, 2015 
  • Exam Sites

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 2015 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.  


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