Supreme Court of Texas Approves Uniform Bar Exam for Texas

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In recent Uniform Bar Exam news, the Texas Supreme Court has adopted a task force’s recommendation to adopt the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) in place of the current Texas bar exam.  The Texas task force recommended adoption of the Uniform Bar Exam after conducting a two-year study of bar examinations. 

Supreme Court of Texas Approves Uniform Bar Exam for Texas

Texas includes some of the components included in the Uniform Bar Exam (including the multistate bar exam or “MBE” as well as a multistate performance test or “MPT” portion). The major difference between the Texas bar exam and the Uniform Bar Exam is the Uniform Bar Exam only administers six essays that test “general” law. The current Texas bar exam has 12 essays that test Texas law.

When will Texas administer the first UBE?

The Court anticipates that the bar exam change will take place beginning in February 2021.

Will Texas require a state-specific component?

Yes, a separate Texas Law Course and Texas Law Examination will likely be required. These components were recommended by the Texas task force.

When will Texas “officially” adopt the UBE?

The Texas Supreme Court is seeking comment until December 8, 2018 and is expected to adopt the UBE after that.

What will the Texas UBE passing score be?

It is unclear, but it looks like the passing UBE score may be 270. Currently, UBE passing scores range from 260 to 280. So this would put Texas right in the middle.

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