Tennessee Bar Exam Essays

If you want to read about the Statistics from 2011 below (including information about the grading and weighted information) read my original post Statistics of the Tennessee Bar Exam. This post is dedicated with the available information from 2015, 2014, and 2013.

Tennessee Bar Exam Applicants Taking and Passing the Bar Examination Statistics


February

July

Total

    

              

Year

Taking

Passing

% Passing

Taking

Passing

% Passing

Taking

Passing

% Passing

2015

361

195

54%

701

452

64%

1,062

647

61%

2014

304

194

64%

810

537

66%

1,114

731

66%

2013

326

193

59%

782

611

78%

1,108

804

73%


2015 was the lowest year for overall passage rates of the Tennessee Bar Exam, but (as you will see below), 72% First-Time applicants passed the Bar Exam in 2015. In February 2014 of the Tennessee Bar Exam, a total of 304 law students took the bar exam in Tennessee. 194 people passed (64%) and 110 people failed (36%). 185 people were taking the bar exam for the first time. Out of those 185, 135 bar exam applicants passed. There were 119 total repeaters and 60 of them passed. Out of the 110 persons who failed, 59 had failed the exam one or more times before. Out of the total 194 who had passed, 60 were repeaters. 

MBE Scoring in Tennessee vs. Nationality

Tennessee

Nationally

    

              

Year

Below 135

Below 130

Below 125

Below 135

Below 130

Below 125

2015

February

42.66%

31.86%

18.84%

NCA

NCA

NCA

July

35.66%

27.25%

16.98%

NCA

NCA

NCA

2014

February

36.20%

27.30%

17.40%

40%

28.7%

19.1%

July

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2013

February

37.73%

24.23%

14.42%

40.1%

27.4%

18.0%

July

21.99%

14.32%

9.85%

28.9%

20.2%

12.6%

NCA = Not Currently Available

February 2015 Bar Exam Mean Scaled Score in Tennessee was 136.64.

July 2015 Bar Exam Mean Scaled Score in Tennessee was 139.78.

February 2014 Bar Exam Mean Scaled Score: Tennessee - 138.76 Nationally – 138.

February 2014 Bar Exam Essay Grading Averages were: MPT: 3.75 (worth three essay grade in equivalent – see how scored for more information). Average of 9 other essays = 3.25.

February 2013 Bar Exam Mean Scaled Score Average: Tennessee - 138.44 Nationally – 138

Tennessee Bar Exam Applicants Taking and Passing the 2014 Bar Examination by Source of Legal Education

ABA Approved Law School

Non-ABA Approved Law School

Law School Outside USA

    

              

Year

Taking

Passing

% Passing

Taking

Passing

% Passing

Taking

Passing

% Passing

2014

841

593

71%

265

135

52%

8

0

0%

2013

799

625

78%

294

174

Take Appropriate Steps To Ensure Timely Delivery: Your application is one of thousands that will be sent to the same office address. Use Certified Mail with Return Receipt Requested or other appropriate verifiable means (e.g., FedEx, UPS) when sending all correspondence to the bar examiners so that you have proof regarding when your application was postmarked, when it arrived and who received it.  Check with the state bar examiner’s office before sending your application regarding what types of delivery they will accept.

Payment:  Application fees are generally non-refundable. Verify acceptable forms of payment with your state (i.e., no personal checks).  If you apply to take the bar exam, pay all fees and subsequently withdraw, you must contact the Bar Examiners. You may have to submit a new application, a new filing fee and new copies of related documents in order to sit for the exam at a future date.

Employment History:  Many states’ bar applications require information regarding your past employment since the age of 18 (i.e., name and address of employer, reason for leaving). Begin compiling a list of employers and their current addresses so that you have this information for your application.

Character References:  Many states’ bar applications require a list of persons who can attest to your good character. Begin compiling a list of non-relatives who have known you for at least two (2) years who can vouch for your integrity.

Driver Abstracts:  Some bar applications require you to produce a Driver’s Abstract from all states in which you were licenced to drive. Contact the Division of Motor Vehicles in each state and request the most complete abstract of your driving record that is available.

Fingerprints:  In some states you must submit your fingerprints on a special card with your exam application.   Have your fingerprints rolled by a professional law enforcement officer onto the forms provided by the bar examiners.

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