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The Office of Student Services is here to provide guidance and assistance on how to prepare for the bar exam by offering advising sessions, access to bar review courses and equipping you with information to make the transition from law school to passing the bar exam less stressful. The University of Houston Law Center also offers a broad range of courses designed to provide a foundational overview of topics tested on the Texas Bar Exam. While the course curriculum focuses primarily on Texas law, most of the information is applicable to other state bar exams. More information on other state bar exams can be found on the National Conference of Bar Examiners' website.

No matter how you plan to prepare for the bar exam or where your career goals might take you, please feel free to reach out to the Office of Student Services. We are here to assist in any way!

The Declaration of Intention to Study Law form is to be filed by all persons who have begun their law study at ABA-approved schools in Texas to pursue a Juris Doctorate degree and who intend to apply for licensure in Texas. Individuals beginning an LLM program at an ABA-approved law school in Texas are not required to file a Declaration of Intention to Study Law. You can begin your Declaration of Intent on the Texas Board of Law Examiners' website. Please note, all documents must be filed by the dates listed below even if the date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday.

Application Deadlines
The deadline for first-semester law students is October 1. A late fee of $150 will be charged, if the application is submitted after this date.

The deadline for students transferring from out-of-state schools is 60 days after matriculation to UHLC. A late fee of $150 will be charged, if the application is submitted after the 60 day time period.  

Additional information regarding the Texas Bar Exam can be found on the Texas Board of Law Examiners' website. Please note, all documents must be filed by the dates listed below even if the date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday.

  • Bar Filing Deadline – July Bar Exam
    • The first filing deadline is February 1 ($190)
    • The late filing deadline is April 1 ($190 + late filing fee of $150)
    • The final filing deadline is May 1 ($190 + final filing fee of $300)
    • *No requests for disability accommodations will be accepted after April 1
  • Bar Filing Deadline – February Bar Exam
    • The first filing deadline is September 1 ($190)
    • The late filing deadline is November 1 ($190 + late filing fee of $150)
    • The final filing deadline is December 1 ($190 + final filing fee of $300)
    • *No requests for disability accommodations will be accepted after November 1
  • Additional Fees
    • If you elect to use your laptop, you must submit an application and a $25 fee with your bar exam application. After you have applied, you will be required to pay $104.25 to access SofTest (bar exam application), which you will download onto your laptop.

In addition to passing the MPRE, all students are required to take the Texas Bar Exam and receive a minimum score of 675. The Texas Bar Exam is comprised of four components:

  • Day 1 (Half Day)
    • Procedure and Evidence (P&E)
      • The P&E is a 90 minute session tested on Tuesday. This section is worth 10% of your overall score.
    • Multistate Performance Test (MPT)
      • The MPT is a 90 minute session tested on Tuesday. This section is worth 10% of your overall score.
  • Day 2 (Full Day)
    • Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)
      • The MBE is tested in two sessions on Wednesday, which total 6 hours. The first session is 3 hours followed by a one hour lunch. All students then return to complete the final 3 hours of testing. This section is worth 40% of your overall score.
  • Day 3 (Full Day)
    • Texas Essays
      • The Essay portion is tested in two sessions on Thursday, which total 6 hours. The first session is 3 hours followed by a one hour lunch. All students then return to complete the final 3 hours of testing. This section is worth 40% of your overall score.

A list of upper level bar courses offered each semester are available on the Law Center's website. There is a tab at the top of each semester's schedule that will allow you to view just the classes that are bar courses. A list of subjects tested on the bar exam and corresponding courses taught at the Law Center are listed below:

Texas Bar Essay Subjects

UHLC Upper Level Courses

Real Property, including Oil & Gas

Oil & Gas, Real Estate Transactions, and Landlord &Tenant  (some overlap with each)

Uniform Commercial Code

Payment Systems, Secured Financing and Sales

Business Associations (including Agency, Corporations, Partnerships, LLCs and Profess. Assoc).

Business Organizations

Family Law

Family Law and Marital Property Rights

Trusts & Guardianships, and Wills and Administration

Trusts and Wills, Estate Planning, Marital Property
Rights

Consumer Rights, including DTPA and insurance

Texas Consumer Law

Procedure and Evidence Subjects

 

Texas Civil Procedure and Evidence, including
jurisdiction

Pretrial Procedure, Evidence

Federal and Texas Criminal procedure and Evidence

Criminal Procedure, Texas Criminal Procedure,
Evidence

Multistate Bar Exam Subjects

Contracts, Torts, Constitutional Law, Real Property, Criminal Law, Evidence*

*With the exception of Evidence, these courses are taken as a part of the requistite 1L curriculum.

NOTE: On occasions, essay questions involve some topics tested on the MBE and other "cross-over topics," which are topics that are tested in conjunction with another substantive bar exam subjects. Cross-over topics include Federal Income Tax and Bankruptcy.

In addition to passing the Texas Bar Exam, all students must take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) and receive a minimum score of 85. Additional information regarding deadlines and fees can be found on the National Conference of Bar Examiners' website.

*Advising Note: The MPRE is offered each year in March, August and November. We recommend taking the MPRE while you are enrolled in Professional Responsibility, or registering for the exam session offered immediately after you take Professional Responsibility.

90 hours are required for graduation with a 2.33 minimum GPA. In addition to the 1st year required curriculum, each student must complete the following courses at the Law Center to graduate:

  • Professional Responsibility Course  – 3-hour Professional Responsibility course must be taken and a passing grade received.
  • Upper Level Writing Requirement - Students can satisfy this requirement, (1) by completing a writing seminar (designated by prefix "WRS") and earning a grade of "C" or better; or (2) by taking a writing course (designated by the prefix "WRC") and earning a grade of "C" or better.  See the Student Handbook more information.
  • Required Practice Skills Course  – Students entering prior to Fall 2016 are only required to take and pass a course that satisfies the "Practice Skills" requirement.  The courses that satisfy this requirement are identified on each course schedule. There is a tab at the top of each semester's schedule that will allow you to view just the classes that meet the Practice Skills requirement. Courses that satisfy the requirement can be for two, three or four credits.
  • Students entering Fall 2016 or after are required to take 6 hours of Skills Courses to satisfy the "Practice Skills" requirement. The courses that satisfy this requirement are identified on each course schedule. There is a tab at the top of each semester's schedule that will allow you to view just the classes that meet the Practice Skills requirement. Students are allowed to take a three-hour Externship, which will satisfy 3 of the 6 required skills hours.
  • Graduation – The Graduation Checklist is a useful tool to ensure that you are on track for graduation. Additional information regarding graduation is located on the Law Center's website.