Texas Bar Examiners

Written by Jill Morrison
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Texas Bar Examiners evaluate an applicant's knowledge of law on the Texas Bar Exam. Certain criteria must be met in taking the exam and receiving results. Applicants must complete the four major components of the exam over a two and a half day period.

Grading Criteria for Texas Bar Examiners

The four sections of the exam are the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), the Texas Essay Questions, the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and the Texas Procedure and Evidence Questions. Texas Bar Examiners test knowledge of general law in the MBE portion. Topics of interest include Contracts and Sales, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.

The essay portion is given on the second day. These questions evaluate knowledge of Texas-specific law. Subjects include Business Associations, the U.C.C., Family Law, Wills and Administration on Estates, Trusts, Guardianships, Real Property, Consumer Law, and Taxes.

Texas law knowledge is again tested in the MPT and the Texas Procedure and Evidence questions. This section is worth just 10% of the total score. The MBE and essay portions are worth 80% (40% for each section). Texas Bar Examiners will give an applicant a passing grade if a total score of 675 points is achieved.

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