Board Files Petition to Amend Rule 7 to Adopt UBE; Comments due 1-31-2018

The Tennessee Board of Law Examiners filed a Petition to Amend Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 7 on October 18, 2017. The Petition requests amendments to Rule 7 to adopt the Uniform Bar Examination ("UBE") and allow for admission to the Bar of Tennessee by transferred UBE score. The Board will recommend to the Supreme Court the minimum score applicants are require to achieve to pass the exam or to transfer a score for admission in Tennessee. The Tennessee Board of Law Examiners will continue to conduct character and fitness investigations for all applicants, regardless of licensing status in another jurisdiction. The full Petition can be viewed here. The Board has proposed that administration of the UBE begin with the July 2018 examination. 

The Supreme Court of Tennessee issued an order soliciting written comments from judges, lawyers, bar associations, members of the public, and any other interested parties. The deadline for submitting comments is January 31, 2018. Written comments should reference docket number ADM2017-02083 and may be emailed to or mailed to:

James M. Hivner, Clerk

Re: Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 7

Tennessee Appellate Courts

401 7th Avenue, North

Nashville, TN 37219


The UBE is a standard test administered to bar applicants in 28 states. The test is prepared by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) to test knowledge and skills that every lawyer should be able to demonstrate prior to becoming licensed to practice law. It is composed of the six question Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), two Multistate Performance (MPT) Test Questions and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). Essay and MPT questions are developed by nationally recognized attorneys, securely pre-tested and reviewed, creating a high quality and reliable test. While the Board and Exam Assistants work tirelessly to create a high quality, reliable test, the resources available to the Board pale in comparison to the resources available to the NCBE. The Board of Law Examiners will continue to grade the MPT and MEE answers.