Exam Sites for the July 2018 Tennessee Bar Examination
Please pay close attention to the exam site locations. The exam is given on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 24 and 25, 2018.
Testing for the July 2018 Bar Examination will be conducted at:
501 E. Hill Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37915
The Great Hall and Conference Center (Memphis):
1900 S. Germantown Road
Germantown, TN 38138
Nashville Municipal Auditorium:
417 4th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37201
* A block of rooms has been held at a special rate at the Marriott Knoxville. The cutoff date for the special rate is June 25, 2018 or when all the allotted rooms have been reserved, whichever comes first. To reserve please visit: Group Reservation.
The Board does not have room blocks for the Memphis and Nashville locations. There are several hotels within close proximity to the exam location.
At least four Parking Garages are located within a short walking distance of the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.
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 your 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
For Winter/February Examinations:
Applications open October 1
Deadline for submitting all documents, including payment of fees: December 20
When the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday the deadline becomes the following business day.
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
LICENSING, REGISTRATION AND ADMISSIONS INFORMATION
Once your application has been approved and you are eligible for admission and licensing, there are still several steps you must take prior to beginning the practice of law in Tennessee. Please read the information below as it outlines the process for taking the Oath of Admission and receiving your license.
In order to obtain your license and be authorized to practice law in Tennessee, you must:
- Register with the Board of Professional Responsibility (BPR) and pay the fees associated with your registration;
- Receive your Certificate of Eligibility from the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (BLE); and
- Take the Oath of Admission as prescribed in Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 6 within 2 years of the grade release date for your successful score. Scores expire two years after release of grades.
Please carefully read these requirements which are time sensitive and require your immediate attention and diligence:
Within 5 business days of this letter, you will receive a “Welcome Email” from the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility (www.tbpr.org
). Your login credentials and instructions for online registration, payment, and enrollment for the Admissions Ceremony will be in the email. Additional instructions, How to Register at the BPR Portal,
are included beneath the signature block of this letter.
STEP 2: Your Certificate of Eligibility will be issued by the Board of Law Examiners no more than 5 business days after you complete your registration with BPR (STEP 1) and is valid for 90 days.The Certificate of Eligibility may be extended for one time within the two years your approval is valid upon a showing of good cause. See Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 7 Sections 1.02 and 9.01(b).
STEP 3: In order to practice law in Tennessee, you must be approved for licensing and be admitted to practice before the Tennessee Supreme Court pursuant to Tenn. Sup. Ct. Rule 6, copied at the end of this letter. You may comply with Rule 6 in one of two ways. You must choose one or the other but not both when you complete your registration with BPR (STEP 1, above):
a. Upon oral motion in open court before the Tennessee Supreme Court at one of the Admission Ceremonies (available only after a bar examination grade release and included in the Welcome letter)
The Admissions Ceremony is conducted by the Supreme Court Justices. Applicants are expected to dress appropriately for Court and to be on time to sign-in and be seated. You may bring guests.
b. Upon written application by completing and returning the Application by Affidavit for Admission in accordance with Rule 6(2) and taking the oath before one of the judicial officials in Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 6, Paragraph 5, below.
Once you have taken the oath of admission, you are authorized to practice law in the State of Tennessee. You will receive your permanent license from the Board of Law Examiners within 30 days of taking the oath of admission.
HOW TO REGISTER AT THE BPR PORTAL
You can complete the entire registration process with the Board of Law Examiners, Board of Professional Responsibility and Appellate Court Clerk’s Office through the Board of Professional Responsibility online portal by doing the following:
1. Open the “Welcome Email” you received from the BPR. Be sure to check your Spam/Junk Mail folders and accept the domain, tbpr.org
, as a trusted sender.
2. Go to the website for the Board of Professional: www.tbpr.org
and log in with the credentials and instructions included in your Welcome Email. Once logged in, you will be able to complete your registration, register to enroll as an attorney with the Supreme Court and pay your law license registration fee.
3. The fee of $250.00 is all-inclusive for all three judicial agencies ($150.00 to the Board of Law Examiners for law license, $50.00 to the Board of Professional Responsibility for registration; and $50.00 to the Appellate Court Clerk for enrollment to appear before the Tennessee Supreme Court. You may use your major credit card for payment of the fee in the attorney portal (a credit card processing fee will be charged).
4. In order to participate in an Admission Ceremony, if one is available, you must:
a) Complete the on-line registration process and pay the fee by the deadline
listed in the online registration portal, usually no later than five (5) days prior
to the date of the selected Admissions Ceremony. The list of Admission Ceremony registration deadlines will be posted on the TBLE website (www.tnble.org
) under the “Exam Schedule” tab. Failure to register before the deadline will mean that you will not be eligible to participate in your preferred Admission Ceremony. You may either register for a different ceremony or you will have to take the oath through the Admission by Affidavit process.
If the deadline has passed for all Admissions Ceremonies, you must be admitted through the Admission by Affidavit process. Please note that you may not be admitted by affidavit and participate in the Admission Ceremony
b) Select to be introduced by a sponsor or by the Tennessee Bar Association President.
c) If you have a sponsor who will introduce you at the ceremony, have that information available at the time you register. You may have only one sponsor introduce you. Note:
If both of your parents are attorneys licensed in Tennessee and both wish to introduce you, list one parent only on your registration and then contact Lisa Perlen at the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners, BLE.Administrator@tncourts.gov
d) If you do not have a sponsor, the Tennessee Bar Association President will introduce you to the Court.
e) You may not change this selection after you complete your registration.
f) The day of the Admission Ceremony, you must sign-in at least 30 minutes prior to the Ceremony to obtain your registration packet which includes: (1) your Certificate of Enrollment to appear in any court in Tennessee; and (2) your Admission Line Slip that must be presented to the Appellate Court Clerk or one of his deputies as you approach the podium for your introduction to the Supreme Court. If you do not have your admission slip, you will not be permitted to be introduced to the Supreme Court, and you will have to seek admission through the admission by affidavit process. Registration for the Admission Ceremony opens one hour before the ceremony begins.
You will be appearing before the Justices of the Tennessee Supreme Court and should dress appropriately for open court.
5. If you wish to be sworn in through the admission by affidavit process and not the Admission Ceremony, you must:
a) Complete the registration process on-line and pay the fee (see Item 3, above).
b) Complete the Admission by Affidavit form including two sponsor signatures. A copy of the Admission by Affidavit with instructions may be downloaded from the Tennessee Court System website at www.tncourts.gov
under the Appellate Court Clerk section listed under Law License Related Forms as Admission by Affidavit (Successful Bar Applicants).
c) Take the oath of admission before a judicial official authorized to administer the oath.
d) Submit the completed Admission by Affidavit form to one of the three Appellate Court Clerk’s Offices listed on the form (addresses below).
Once you have completed registration and taken the Oath of Admission, you may begin your practice of law in Tennessee. It may take up to one month to receive your printed license.
Appellate Court Clerk Offices – for Admission by Affidavit
JIM HIVNER, CLERK
Middle Division - Lisa Marsh, Chief Deputy Clerk
Supreme Court Building, 401 7th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219-1407,(615) 741-2681
Eastern Division - Joanne Newsome, Chief Deputy Clerk
Supreme Court Building, P.O. Box 444, Knoxville, TN 37901,(865) 594-6700
Western Division - Nancy Acred, Chief Deputy Clerk
Supreme Court Building, P.O. Box 909, Jackson, TN 38302-0909,(731) 423-5840
Rule 6. Admission of Attorneys.
An applicant who has been approved for licensing under Rule 7 may seek admission to the bar of this Court by either:
1. Appearing in open court and representing, through a reputable member of the bar, that he or she is a person of good moral character and that he or she has been issued a Certificate of Eligibility to be licensed to practice law under Rule 7 and the statutes of this state; or
2. Filing with the Clerk of the Supreme Court an application for admission by affidavit. Such application shall contain:
a. A personal statement by the applicant that he or she possesses all qualifications and meets all requirements for admission as set out in the preceding paragraph;
b. A statement by two sponsors (who must be members of the Bar of this Court and must personally know the applicant) endorsing the correctness of the applicant’s statement, stating that the applicant possesses all the qualifications required for admission and affirming that the applicant is of good moral and professional character. Upon timely application and for good cause shown, the Board of Law Examiners, in its discretion, may waive this requirement; and,
c. A copy of the Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Board of Law Examiners pursuant to Rule 7, Section 9.01.
3. The documents submitted by the applicant shall demonstrate that he or she possesses the necessary qualifications for admission. Upon the applicant’s taking the oath or affirmation and paying the fee therefor, the Clerk shall issue a certificate of admission. The fee for admission to the Bar of this Court shall be fixed by the Court. Applications may be filed in the offices of the Clerk at Nashville, Knoxville, or Jackson.
4. Each applicant for admission shall take the following oath: . . .
5. The foregoing oath of admission may be administered by one of the following judicial officials in Tennessee: (A) a Justice of the Supreme Court; (B) a Judge of the Court of Appeals; (C) a Judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals; (D) a Circuit Court Judge; (E) a Chancellor; (F) a Criminal Court Judge; (G) a General Sessions Court Judge; (H) a Judge of any other inferior court established by the General Assembly pursuant to Article VI, Section 1 of the Tennessee Constitution; (I) the Clerk of the Appellate Courts; (J) a Chief Deputy Clerk of the Appellate Courts; or (K) the Clerk (not including deputy clerks) of any of the courts of such trial judges listed above. The oath of admission also may be administered by a justice or judge of the court of last resort in any other state.
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