TENNESSEE SUPREME COURT ALLOWS APPLICANTS AFFECTED BY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN TO TAKE TENNESSEE BAR EXAM

The Tennessee Supreme Court issued an Order on January 24, 2019, allowing the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners to reopen bar exam applications for the February 26-27, 2019 exam to allow applicants who had applied to take the exam in Washington, D.C. to take the exam in Tennessee. Around 900 law graduates had planned to take the D.C. bar exam, which may be cancelled because of the federal government shutdown.  By reopening the applications for the Tennessee exam, the Supreme Court will extend an opportunity for up to 70 February D.C. exam applicants, many of whom are from Tennessee, to take the exam in Nashville.

Both Tennessee and Washington, D.C. administer the Uniform Bar Exam. This means that a bar exam score earned in Tennessee may transfer to the District of Columbia for admittance to the bar after the government reopens. Applications will be accepted for the reopened Tennessee bar beginning January 25 and will close February 6. Applicants must have timely applied to take the February D.C. exam and are subject to the same rules as all other Tennessee applicants.

Complete instructions for submitting an application for the February 2019 examination can be found here by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking on the links. Email any questions to ble.administrator@tncourts.gov.