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.
Locations for the February 2021 Uniform Bar Examination in Tennessee
Please pay close attention to the exam site location(s). The exam is given on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 23 and 24, 2021. Testing for the February 2020 Uniform Bar Examination will be conducted at places to be announced at a later date.
The Board does not have hotel room blocks for the examination. There generally are several hotels within close proximity to each test location, as well as parking garages within a short walking distance.
Locations for the July 2020 and Fall 2020 Uniform Bar Examination in Tennessee
An in-person exam will not be administered for the remainder of 2020.
Admissions Assessment October 5 – 6, 2020
An online, remotely proctored admissions assessment will be administered Oct 5-6, 2020. More information is available here.
Bar Examination Schedule
February/Winter 2021 Uniform Bar Examination Dates: Tuesday, February 23, and Wednesday, February 24, 2021
July/Summer 2021 Uniform Bar Examination Dates: Tuesday, July 27, and Wednesday, July 28, 2021
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 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. A sample 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 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.