The Alabama Bar Exam
The Alabama Bar Exam adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE®) format and began administering it in July 2011. The UBE was developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE®) and is divided into three sections—the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE®), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT®), and the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE®). To be accepted to the Alabama Bar, candidates must successfully complete an online course on Alabama law following successful completion of the bar exam.
Alabama Bar Exam Structure
The Uniform Bar Exam is administered over two days and consists of a writing section (MPT/MEE) and a multiple-choice section (MBE).
- Day 1 : MPT/MEE
- Day 2 : MBE
The MBE is weighted at 50% of the UBE, making it the most heavily weighted section of the Alabama Exam. Examinees will have two 3-hour sessions to answer 200 multiple-choice questions.
The MEE is weighted at 30% of the UBE and is administered on day one. Examinees have 3 hours to answer six 30-minute essay questions.
The MPT is weighted at 20% of the UBE and is administered on day one. Examinees are provided faux case files imitating realistic scenarios and a folder with various legal documents, which they must use to respond to assignments.
Application fees are non-refundable. There are no exceptions. Applicants who withdraw from the bar exam can carry their application fee forward to a new administration but must pay the difference if the fee has increased. Payments are made when you apply for the Alabama Bar Exam online.
After all is said and done, fees for the Alabama Bar Exam reach well over $1,000. Fortunately, there are cost-saving options available for those in need. The Alabama Law Foundation is a charitable organization that makes annual grants and provides scholarships aimed at providing financial aid for law-related education. The following three scholarships are specifically aimed at funding law school:
- Cabaniss Johnston Scholarship - $5,000 for academically outstanding second-year law students.
- Justice Jaine L. Shores Scholarship - Awarded to one or more female Alabama resident(s) attending an Alabama law school.
- W. Verbon Black Scholarship - Assists full-time students at the University of Alabama School of Law.
Alabama Bar Exam Subjects and Topics
The AL bar exam tests an examinee's ability to analyze and reason alongside their knowledge and understanding of fundamental legal principles. Furthermore, since Alabama has adopted the UBE, a successful exam score represents one's competency and readiness to practice law in the 40 other participating jurisdictions.
MEE: Testable Subjects
The MEE consists of six essay questions. Each question involves one or more of the subjects listed below. Some subjects may be paired together. Other subjects could be omitted. While it's impossible to know which subjects the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE®) will choose on any given exam version, some have been tested more frequently than others historically.
For example, Civil Procedure has appeared on nearly every MEE in the past decade, while Criminal Law has only appeared several times. However, subjects that occur less frequently on their own may be paired with others. Our MEE Study Guide and Prep Tips provides all the details you need to focus your studies on what's essential and use your time efficiently.
- Business Associations
- Civil Procedure
- Conflict of Laws
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Family Law
- Real Property
- Secured Transactions
- Trusts and Estates
Check out our MEE Subject Matter Outline for detailed explanations of MEE subjects and sub-topics.
MBE: Testable Subjects
The MBE is administered in two three-hour sessions on Wednesday (Day 2) of the bar exam. It is scored on a 200-point scale and presents candidates with 200 multiple-choice questions spanning the following MBE subjects, broken down into 25 questions per subject:
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law/Procedure
- Federal Civil Procedure
- Real Property
Your dedicated Themis attorney will personally grade your essays and provide feedback.
Alabama Bar Exam Results and Pass Rates
As is typical with bar exams across the country, the Alabama Bar Exam's repeater pass rate is markedly lower than the first-timer pass rate. This phenomenon is likely because many examinees who failed the first time haven't changed their study habits significantly.
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Alabama offers reciprocity with the following jurisdictions.
What is the time limit for accepting a transferred UBE score in Alabama (i.e., maximum age of the UBE score)?
To be admitted to the Alabama Bar without taking the AL Bar Exam, you must be a practicing lawyer in another state and have an ABA-approved JD degree. Here are details of the process.
To request special accommodations for the Alabama Bar Exam, you must fill out an Applicant Request for Test Accommodations and submit all required documentation before November 1, 2022, or April 1, 2023, for the February or July exams, respectively.