The Tennessee Bar Exam

The Tennessee Bar Exam assesses whether or not a candidate is competent to practice law in Tennessee. The exam is comprised of three unique parts - the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), state-specific essay portion, and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). A minimum scaled score of 270 out of 400 possible points is required to pass.

The first portion of the Tennessee Bar Exam, the essay portion, tests fundamental aspects of Tennessee law. Students must provide clear, well-organized compositions that demonstrate the ability to understand universal law concepts and communicate ideas effectively.

The second portion of the Tennessee Bar Exam is the Multistate Performance Test, or the MPT. One 90-minute item is administered, which challenges examinees to separate relevant from irrelevant facts and communicate complex legal concepts effectively. The MPT is designed to test students' ability to use fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation.

The third and final portion of the Tennessee Bar Exam is the Multistate Bar Examination, or the MBE. The MBE is administered twice annually; once on the last Wednesday in February and again on the last Wednesday in July.

AdaptiBar prepares students for the MBE portion of the Tennessee Bar Examination. The MBE occurs on one day, which is divided into two, three-hour parts, each consisting of 100 questions. When answering MBE questions, students apply fundamental legal principles instead of local case or statutory law. During the MBE, students analyze fact situations and apply black letter law. Students choose only one correct answer - the best answer - from the four available choices.

Tennessee Bar Exam Information

The Tennessee Bar Exam is a 2-day exam.

For more information on the Tennessee Bar Exam, visit the official Tennessee Bar Examination site.

Tennessee Bar Exam Results

Interested in Tennessee Bar Exam pass rates? We've collected the Tennessee Bar Exam statistics dating back to 2002: Tennessee Bar Exam Results