Tennessee began administering the UNIFORM BAR EXAMINATION with the February 2019 examination. 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.
Location for the February 2020 Uniform Bar Examination in Tennessee
Please pay close attention to the exam site location(s). The exam is given on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 25 and 26, 2020. Testing for the February 2020 Uniform Bar Examination will be conducted at:
The Board does not have hotel room blocks for the examination. There are several hotels within close proximity to the test location. At least four Parking Garages are located within a short walking distance of the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.
Locations for the July 2020 Uniform Bar Examination in Tennessee
Please pay close attention to the exam site location(s). The exam is given on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 28 and 28, 2020. Testing for the July 2020 Uniform Bar Examination will be conducted at:
Knoxville Civic Coliseum
500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave
Knoxville, TN 37915
Nashville Municipal Auditorium
417 4th Ave. North
Nashville, TN 37201
The Great Hall and Conference Center (Memphis)
1900 Germantown Road
Germantown, TN 38138
The Board does not have hotel room blocks for the examination. There are several hotels within close proximity to each test location. At least four Parking Garages are located within a short walking distance of the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.
Bar Examination Schedule
February/Winter 2020 Uniform Bar Examination Dates: Tuesday, February 25, and Wednesday, February 26, 2020
July/Summer 2020 Uniform Bar Examination Dates: Tuesday, July 28, and Wednesday, July 29, 2020
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.
GENERAL INSTRUCTION MANUAL: The General Instruction 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. The Manual can be found at the foot of this page and changes for each exam. PLEASE BE SURE TO SUBMIT THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FOR THE CURRENT EXAMINATION. You can find the Instruction Manual at the end of this page.
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.
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.