Each year, over 1,000 people take the Tennessee bar exam and with 717 passing, Tennessee has averaged a 65% pass rate since 2011. You can find information on how individuals have performed on the bar exam in recent years, along with data obtained from the American Bar Association on individual school performance down below.
Quick FAQ on the Tennessee Bar Exam
When is the Tennessee Bar Exam Administered?
The Tennessee bar exam is administered the last Tuesday and Wednesday of the month of February and July.
Who Administers the Tennessee Bar Exam:
The Tennessee Board of Law Examiners
401 Church Street, Suite 2200
Nashville, Tennessee 37219
When are Results Released for the Tennessee Bar Exam:
Results are most often released in Mid April, and Mid October. The state makes past results and statistics available on their website.
Latest Bar Exam Releases
February Bar Exam Statistics and Trends for Tennessee
The February Bar Exam averages 328 people taking the exam, with 187 people passing. Overall the state has a 57% pass rate for the February exam (much lower than what is seen in July). In recent years the number of people taking the February exam has increased, and the overall pass rate has declined.
July Bar Exam Statistics and Trends for Tennessee
The July Bar Exam averages 746 people taking the exam, with 531 people passing. In recent years the number of people taking the exam has declined along with the overall pass rate.
School Statistics and Trends for Tennessee
The American Bar Association each year collects information on schools that have taken Tennessee’s bar exam. While this information is not broken down by February/July session, you can see how schools generally perform in the state. In Tennessee, there are 4 ABA-Accredited schools.
- Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law
- University of Memphis-Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
- University of Tennessee College of Law
- Vanderbilt University Law School
University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt continually perform extremely well in this state and in recent years have been 10% ahead of the state’s average.