Jurisdictions That Have Adopted the UBE

Select a jurisdiction for a summary of bar admission information specific to that jurisdiction and contact information for its bar admission agency.

The Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) is coordinated by NCBE and is composed of the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), two Multistate Performance Test (MPT) tasks, and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). It is uniformly administered, graded, and scored by user jurisdictions and results in a portable score that can be transferred to other UBE jurisdictions.

The UBE is administered over two days, with the MBE given on the last Wednesday of February and July and the MEE and MPT given on the Tuesday prior to that. Jurisdictions that use the UBE may require applicants to also complete a jurisdiction-specific educational component and/or pass a test on jurisdiction-specific law in addition to passing the UBE.

Purpose

The UBE is designed to test knowledge and skills that every lawyer should be able to demonstrate prior to becoming licensed to practice law. It results in a portable score that can be used to apply for admission in other UBE jurisdictions.

Policies Set by UBE Jurisdictions

While the UBE is uniformly administered, graded, and scored by user jurisdictions, the user jurisdictions continue to independently

  • decide who may sit for the bar exam and who will be admitted to practice;
  • determine underlying educational requirements;
  • make all character and fitness decisions;
  • set their own policies regarding the number of times applicants may retake the bar examination;
  • make ADA decisions;
  • grade the MEE and MPT;
  • set their own pre-release regrading policies;
  • assess candidate knowledge of jurisdiction-specific content through a separate test, course, or some combination of the two if the jurisdiction chooses;
  • accept MBE scores earned in a previous examination or concurrently in another jurisdiction for purposes of making local admission decisions if they wish. Note: candidates must sit for all portions of the UBE in the same UBE jurisdiction and in the same administration in order to earn a portable UBE score;
  • set their own passing scores; and
  • determine how long incoming UBE scores will be accepted.

Upcoming Test Dates

UBE Test Dates

February 23 - 24, 2016

Statistics

Annual statistics on bar examinations and admissions in all U.S. jurisdictions