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2020

THE BOARD OF LAW EXAMINERS IS OPERATING REMOTELY.

Tennessee Board of Law Examiners

Office Closed for Holidays

The Office of the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners will be closed Thursday, December 24, and Friday, December 25, 2020 for Christmas as designated state holidays.

Additionally, the office will be closed Thursday, December 31, 2020, and Friday, January 1, 2021, for the New Year as designated state holidays.

Questions emailed to BLE.Administrator@tncourts.gov will not be answered on days the office is closed. Responses will be provided during working hours as soon as possible and in the order in which the emails are received. Most answers can be found in information included in this website, in Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 7, or in the Board’s Policies and Procedures found under “Governing Authorities.”

Grades Released for the October 2020 Admissions Assessment for July 2020 Applicants

The list of Applicants who achieved a passing score on the October 2020 Admissions Assessment administered in Tennessee for July 2020 applicants has been posted. Of the 677 people who completed the October Assessment, 507 received a score of 270 or higher and passed the examination requirement in Tennessee. The overall pass rate is 74.89% and the first time pass rate is 82.36%.

Emails with exam results will be sent to all applicants.  Qualifying Scores on the assessment may be used for admission to reciprocal jurisdictions. Please check with the jurisdiction to which you will transfer the score for that jurisdiction’s procedures.

FOR APPLICANTS WHO DID NOT ACHIEVE THE SCORE REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION IN TENNESSEE, pursuant to TN Supreme Court Rule 7, §14.04 the only remedy for failure to pass the bar examination is reexamination. No part of the Assessment will be regraded.

Applicants who wish to apply for Re-Examination in February 2021: Applications for Re-Examination are open. Although the Initial Deadline has passed, the Board has extended the Initial Deadline for applicants who were unsuccessful on the October Assessment until December 17, 2020. Board Policies related to the requirements for meeting the Initial Deadline can be found in Board Policy P-3.03. The Final Deadline has not changed and is December 21, 2020. Please note that there are new document requirements for applications.

Grade Release for the October 2020 Assessment Updated 12/7/2020

UPDATE December 7, 2020:

As we announced on Friday, the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners is spending additional time verifying the results of the most recent bar exam to ensure each test taker receives the correct score.  We anticipate releasing exam results by noon on Wednesday, December 9 at the latest.

We understand this delay is stressful for test takers, and we are grateful for your patience during these unprecedented times. The Board and executive team are working diligently to verify each score, and we are confident that our results will be valid and accurate when released. To reiterate, there are no issues with the actual scoring of the tests. Tennessee is verifying each result to ensure test takers in our state receive their true and accurate score.

Friday, December 4, 2020: The Board issued the following statement regarding release of results of the October 2020 Assessment:

The State of Kentucky has announced that, after releasing grades for the online bar assessment, it has discovered a software error that resulted in the misassignment of scores. Because the State of Tennessee administered the same exam and uses the same software, the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners and executive team are spending additional time verifying Tennessee’s results. We are confident that our results will be valid and accurate when released.

As a result, for those who took the exam in Tennessee, it is possible that there may be a delay in releasing grades, which are scheduled to be released on Monday, December 7, 2020. If results are not announced Monday, the Board will issue a statement on Monday as to when applicants can expect the results. To reiterate, there are no issues with the actual scoring of the tests. The issue that arose is with a separate system that sent results to test takers. Tennessee is verifying each result to ensure test takers in our state receive their true and accurate score.

The delay is due to an issue with the system used to provide notification of results. The Board and staff are working diligently to release scores that accurately reflect each test taker’s performance on the October 2020 assessment and are committed to providing you with your results as soon as possible. Updates will be posted here if grades will not be released on Monday as soon as information is available.