Texas Bar Essay Exam
There is 1 (90) minutes short answer exam and also covering Texas Procedure and Evidence. 40 short questions also exists and cover the likes of Civil Procedure and Criminal law & Procedure. Applicants must limit their short response answers to five lines. Each section is worth 100 (raw) points.
MPT (Multi-State Performance Test)
Texas Bar Exam also includes one (1) MPT performance test.
Texas tests 12 essays in two three-hour sessions. Each topic has two questions
The Texas Essays include the following:
- Business Associations (Corporations, Agency, Partnerships, Professional Assoc.)
- Consumer Law
- Family Law
- Real Property, including Oil and Gas
- Trust and Guardianship
- Uniform Commercial Code
- Wills and Administration
MBE (Multiple Choice Bar Exam)
Texas Bar Exam tests (MBE) is conducted on the second day of the two-day test and consists of a 6 hour time period. Each time period is divided in half so you have 100 questions to answer in the first three hours, followed by a lunch break and then 3 more hours to complete the second 100 questions for a total of 200 questions. The state of Texas does not accept MBE transferred scores. The Texas bar exam test 7 subjects:
- Civil Procedure
- Constitutional Law
- Contracts (Common Law, Sales/UCC Art. 2)
- Criminal Law & Procedure
- Real Property
Daily Testing Schedule (courtesy of the Texas Bar Exam)
|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|
Scoring & Weight
The minimum passing combined scaled score is 675 (out of 1,000).
The MPT raw score (on the 6-point scale) is converted tin a way to have a similar mean and standard deviation to the MBE scaled scores.
MPT (scaled score divided by 2) + P&E (scaled score divided by 2) + MBE (scaled score x 2) + Texas Essays (scaled score x 2) = Final Score
|TX P&E||10% (scaled score divided by 2)|
|TX Essays||40% (scaled score multiplied by 2)|
|MPT||10% (scaled score divided by 2)|
|MBE||40% (scaled score multiplied by 2)|
There are two types of appeals that a bar applicant can make if they fail the exam twice. The first is a formal review, which must be done 14 days after receiving scores. This review has the bar applicant attend a hearing in Austin, Texas. There is also an informal review where a written request may be sent to the board. Applicants can not take the exam more than 5 times without permission.