Exam Sites And Schedule
Exam Sites for the February 2018 Tennessee Bar Examination
Please pay close attention to the exam site locations. The exam is given on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 27 and 28, 2018.
Testing for the February 2018 Bar Examination will be in Nashville, TN.
Nashville Municipal Auditorium
417 Fourth Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37201
The Board does not have a room block for the February 2018 exam. There are several hotels within close proximity to the exam location.
Bar Examination Schedule
February/Winter 2018 Examination Dates: Tuesday, February 27, and Wednesday, February 28, 2018
July/Summer 2018 Examination Dates: Tuesday, July 24, and Wednesday, July 25, 2018
The Exam days are Tuesday and Wednesday. For elements of a complete application, click the “How to Apply” link from the list in the left column of this page. If you application is not complete by the deadline, you will not be allowed to sit for the exam. All documents and payment must be received by the deadline.
Application Open dates and Filing Deadlines** for July/Summer and February/Winter Examinations
Applicants to the Bar of Tennessee are responsible for ensuring that all documents are submitted to the Board of Law Examiners in a timely manner. Applicants may be notified by the Board that there is a deficiency in the file; however, such notification is a courtesy. Failure of the Board to notify an applicant of a deficiency does not entitle the Applicant to an extension of time to submit the required documentation. Your application will not be reviewed until it is submitted in Synergy and paid in full. Applications are reviewed in the order they are submitted an paid. If you wait until May to submit your application, the Board and staff may not have the opportunity to review your application prior to the deadline. The Board encourages applicants to submit the application and pay the application fee early.
A complete application for timely filing consists of all documentation included in the TN supplemental application, including the NCBE Application (signed, notarized, with all attachments), current resume, letters of recommendation, evidence of foreign education and prior licensing documentation, if required; the appliation fee to the TNBLE must be apid in full on or before the deadline. The NCBE Application for background investigation must have been submitted to the NCBE on or before the deadline, as well. Undergraduate transcripts and law degree verification forms must be received by our office by the final deadline or an applicant may be denied the opportunity to sit for the exam.
Applicants are responsible for having read Tennessee Supreme Court Rules 7, 8 and 9, as well as the information on this website and Board Policies and Procedures, which are found under the Governing Authorities tab. Most questions can be answered by reading this material.
Documents must be received or uploaded into Synergy on or before 11:59:59 pm, prevailing central time (CST/CDT), on deadline day**. Any items that must be delivered to the BLE office (i.e. fee payments or mailed documents) must be received before the office closes at 4:30 pm prevailing central time on deadline day. A postmark on or before the deadline does not constitute timely receipt and will not be considered as a timely submission.
** If a deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or State of Tennessee holiday, the deadline is the following Monday or business day.
Notice Regarding MPRE Requirement:
FOR THE FEB 2018 EXAMINATION - Applicants must achieve a passing score of 75 or higher on the MPRE within 2 years of successfully completing the Tennessee bar examination; provided, however, that an applicant who has an active license by examination in good standing in one or more jurisdictions, may submit certified proof of a passing MPRE score of 75 or higher that is more than two years prior to a successful Tennessee bar examination.
BEGINNING WITH THE JULY 2018 EXAMINATION:
The minimum score that must be achieved on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) prior to licensing and admission is 82, beginning with first time applications for admission by examination for July 2018. Applicants must achieve a passing score of 82 or higher on the MPRE within 2 years of successfully completing the Tennessee bar examination; provided, however, that an applicant who has an active license by examination in good standing in one or more jurisdictions, may submit certified proof of a passing MPRE score of 82 or higher that is more than two years prior to a successful Tennessee bar examination.
- Re-Examination Applicants: MPRE scores that are 75 or above and less than 2 years old are acceptable for applicants applying for re-examination beginning with the July 2018 exam or later, who are not licensed and in good standing in another jurisdiction, and only until such time as the MPRE score expires after two years.
- Applicants Licensed in Another Jurisdiction: For applicants applying for re-examination who are licensed and in good standing in another jurisdiction and using an expired MPRE score in conjunction with admission in another state pursuant to Rule 7, Section 4.07(c)(1) – (3), the minimum MPRE score required for admission beginning with the July 2018 examination is 82.
- Applicants Successful on prior Tennessee Bar Exam but not Licensed by July 2018 Exam: An MPRE score of 75 or above will be accepted for applicants who were successful on a bar examination less than two years prior to the July 2018 examination but who have not completed all steps required for licensing. If the applicant has not provided a passing MPRE score prior to the time bar exam scores expire after two years, the minimum MPRE score required at the time of re-examination will be required for licensing.
For Information Regarding MPRE Test Dates, Sites, Fees, visit http://www.ncbex.org
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