Tennessee administers the UNIFORM BAR EXAMINATION in February and July . The UBE consists of two Multistate Practice Tests (MPT), six Multistate Essay Examination questions (MEE) and the Multistate Bar Examination. Information regarding applications and deadlines can be found here. Suggestions for answering essay questions can be found at the end of this page.
Bar Examination Schedule
July/Summer 2022 Uniform Bar Examination Dates: Tuesday, July 26, 2022, and Wednesday, July 27, 2022. TESTING WILL BE AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:
Please note that the Board and Court have not issued final testing protocols regarding masks, etc. That information will be provided in the General Information Manual.
Knoxville, Tennessee – Hilton Knoxville Airport, 2001 Alcoa Hwy, Alcoa, TN 37701. A special room rate of $135/night plus tax for a king room is being offered by the hotel for Monday, July 25 and Tuesday, July 26, 2022, and the two days before and after the exam. Reservations must be made prior to June 25, 2022, to obtain the special rate, which is available only to the extent rooms in the block are available. Examinees are responsible for their own charges. Click here to access reservations: http://l.h4.hilton.com/rts/go2.aspx?h=1993652&tp=i-16D9-Ak-Dd7-AX9enY-24-mUlbU-1c-l7R2zNpAhb-1pfVIM&x=www.my-event.hilton.com/knxahhf-tnbar-526a1ff5-59f0-4774-a186-603ae55f9ebc/
Memphis, Tennessee – Great Hall and Conference Center, 1900 S. Germantown Road, Germantown, TN, 38138.
Nashville, Tennessee – Fairgrounds Nashville – Expo Halls 1, 2 and 3, 401 Wingrove Street, Nashville, TN 37203 (for GPS, use 625 Smith Street).
AS OF 4:30 p.m., May 17, 2022, CAPACITY HAS BEEN EXCEEDED AND APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED.
Prior to the time capacity was exceeded in Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis were on a waitlist. You will be notified on or before July 1 if space opens in the location for which you are wait-listed. If you have not received notice by July 1, 2022 that a space has opened in your to your preferred location, you will be testing in Nashville. As seats become available, they will be filled based on the date and time the Synergy application is filed and paid (See: Admission by Examination Score: First Time Examination or Re-Examination – How to Apply on this website.) REMEMBER – to file your Synergy Application, you must have your completed and finalized your NCBE Application to access the NCBE Application number from the bottom of the NCBE Application. “Time and date” include the date you submitted your Synergy Application and paid the fee, including as part of your Synergy Application, providing your finalized NCBE Application Number from the bottom of the application.
KNOXVILLE: If you submitted your Synergy application in which you selected Knoxville (Mask Optional or Mask Preferred) and paid prior to 10:00 a.m., May 2, 2022, you will be testing at the Knoxville location. Those submitting applications after this date and time will have the option to choose the Knoxville waitlist or elect to test in Nashville. As noted above, if you choose the waitlist, you will be notified if a seat becomes available.
MEMPHIS: If you submitted your Synergy application in which you selected Memphis (Mask Optional or Mask Preferred) and paid prior to 4:00 p.m., May 3, 2022, you will be testing at the Memphis location. Those submitting applications after this date and time will have the option to choose the Memphis waitlist or elect to test in Nashville. As noted above, if you choose the waitlist, you will be notified if a seat becomes available in Memphis.
The address for the Nashville exam location is at the top of this post. If you were able to select the Knoxville or Memphis location prior to the waitlist option, you will be seated in the location you chose.
February/Winter 2023 Uniform Bar Examination Dates: Tuesday, February 21, and Wednesday, February 22, 2023. Testing will be Nashville only.
For elements of a complete application, click the following link for the application instructions: How to Apply – first time exam or re-examination. 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.
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.
GENERAL INFORMATION MANUAL: The General Information Manual will be sent to all eligible exam applicants at least 3 weeks prior to the bar examination. All applicants, whether first-time or re-exam, MUST upload the signed Acknowledgement by the deadline included in the Manual in order to sit for the examination. If you fail to upload the signed Acknowledgement by the deadline, you will not be permitted to sit for the examination. A sample Manual can be found at the foot of this page and is updated for each exam. PLEASE BE SURE TO SUBMIT THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FOR THE CURRENT EXAMINATION. Once the Manual is release, you will find a fillable Acknowledgement form in your Synergy account in the “Letters” tab.
Applicants completing the bar examination will receive information for access to the Tennessee Law Course which must be completed, in addition to completion of the character and fitness investigation, in order to be eligible for admission.
Character and Fitness in-person interviews are required of applicants for admission by examination, re-examination and transferred UBE score who are not licensed in another U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants for admission by exam, re-examination, transferred UBE score, comity or military spouse rules who are licensed in another U.S. jurisdiction may be required by the Board to appear for an in-person interview and will receive notice from the Board. Interviews are conducted in mid-August, September and March by members of the Tennessee bar appointed by the Supreme Court.