Exam Sites And Schedule

Exam Sites for the July 2017 Tennessee Bar Examination

Please pay close attention to the exam site locations. The exam is given on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 25 and 26, 2017. Testing for the July 2017 Bar Examination will be conducted at:

Knoxville: Knoxville Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B, 701 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

Memphis: The Great Hall and Conference Center, 1900 S. Germantown Road, Germantown, TN 38138

Nashville*: Nashville Fairgrounds, Exhibitor’s Hall, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville, TN 37203

The Board does not have hotel room blocks for any locations. There are several hotels within walking distance to the exam location in Knoxville and within a short drive in Memphis. Ample parking is available at or near all test locations.

*There are very few hotels located near the exam location in Nashville and seating is limited.  The best hotel locations for the Nashville location will be near the Gulch (12th Avenue S), the Vanderbilt/Belmont University areas, or on the south end of downtown; it is an 8 minute drive opposite rush hour traffic if you stay in these locations. Please note that if you delay in submitting your paid application, the Nashville location may not be available; space is very limited. The Knoxville test location has sufficient space for anyone who does not get seating in Nashville.

Bar Examination Schedule

July/Summer 2017 Examination Dates: Tuesday, July 25, and Wednesday, July 26, 2017 

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

For Summer/July Examinations: 
Applications open March 1
Deadline for submitting all documents, including payment of fees: May 20 
When the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday the deadline become the following business day. For July 2017, the deadline is May 22
For Winter/February Examinations:
Applications open October 1
Deadline for submitting all documents, including payment of fees: December 20

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:

Applicant 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.

For Information Regarding MPRE Test Dates, Sites, Fees, visit http://www.ncbex.org


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