Pathway

Texas Bar Examination Pathway

The information provided here is organized differently than it is in the other pathways because students should determine the sequencing of their elective courses as a function of their intended law practice goals. Thus, students’ relevant career pathway should guide them when they decide on the sequence in which they take courses. There is, therefore, no one-size-fits-all order in which students should take courses related to the Texas Bar Examination. Example

Accordingly, the following tables identify the specific subjects tested on the Texas Bar Examination and show the corresponding courses offered at South Texas College of Law Houston, indicating whether they are required or elective courses. The bar exam subjects are organized by the day on which they are tested on the Texas Bar Examination. Example

Students seeking advice about which particular courses to choose for their contribution to performance on the Texas Bar Exam should log into their STANLEY accounts and go to Students → Bar Exam → Supplemental Texas Bar Examination Information → What Law School Courses Will Help Most on the Texas Bar Examination?

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Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination

  • Subjects Tested
    • Professional Responsibility and Judicial Conduct

      50 multiple-choice questions

Day 1 – Texas Procedure and Evidence Subjects and the MPT

  • Subjects Tested
    • Texas Civil Procedure & Evidence

      20 short-answer questions


    • Federal & Texas Criminal Procedure & Evidence

      20 short-answer questions


    • Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

      preparation of an assigned lawyer work product

Day 2 – Multistate Bar Examination Subjects

  • Subjects Tested
    • Civil Procedure

      27 multiple-choice questions


    • Constitutional Law

      27 multiple-choice questions


    • Contracts

      28 multiple-choice questions


    • Criminal Law

      14 multiple-choice questions

    • Criminal Procedure

      13 multiple-choice questions


    • Evidence

      27 multiple-choice questions


    • Real Property

      27 multiple-choice questions


    • Torts

      27 multiple-choice questions

Day 3 – Texas Essay Subjects

  • Subjects Tested
    • Business Associations

      2 essays


    • Consumer Rights, including DTPA and Insurance

      1 essay


    • Family Law

      2 essays


    • Real Property, including oil & gas

      2 essays


    • Trusts & Guardianship

      1 essay


    • Uniform Commercial Code

      2 essays


    • Wills & Administration

      2 essays


    • Taxation, as a crossover topic*

      (To be included where appropriate as an element of questions in other subjects)


    • Bankruptcy, as a crossover topic*

      (To be included where appropriate as an element of questions in other subjects)

*Because taxation and bankruptcy are tested only as crossover topics on the Texas Bar Examination, students should consider taking these elective courses if they contribute to their career pathway preparation but should not do so solely as preparation for the bar examination.