North Carolina

Since jurisdiction rules and policies change, you are strongly advised to consult the jurisdiction's bar admission agency directly for the most current information.

The information provided on this page is drawn from the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements ("Guide"). Links are provided to specific charts in the Guide; each chart is followed by jurisdiction-specific supplemental remarks. Please consult both the chart and its remarks for complete information. NOTE: The Guide is updated on an annual basis, while the website is updated throughout the year. The website supersedes the Guide where the two differ. (Website jurisdiction information last updated Jan 11, 2018.)

Bar Exam Eligibility, Deadlines, and Fees

  • ABA-Approved Law School J.D. Required: No See Chart 3
  • Foreign Law Graduate Eligibility: Yes See Chart 4
  • Bar Exam Application Filing Deadlines: See Chart 6
  • Bar Exam Application Fees: See Chart 7

UBE Adoption

  • UBE Adoption: Yes
  • UBE First Administration Date: February 2019
  • UBE Minimum Passing Score: 270
  • UBE Jurisdiction-Specific Component: Yes

Admission on Transferred UBE Score

  • Admission on Transferred UBE Score: Yes
  • Effective Date: 30th June 2018
  • Minimum Score: 270
  • Maximum Score Age: 3 years
  • Jurisdiction-Specific Component: Yes
  • UBE Score Services

North Carolina Bar Exam Components

  • The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE): Yes
  • The Multistate Essay Examination (MEE): Yes February 2019
  • The Multistate Performance Test (MPT): Yes February 2019
  • Jurisdiction-Drafted Exam: Yes See Chart 8

MPRE Requirements

Character and Fitness Investigations

NCBE hosts the online application but does not conduct investigations for applicants in this jurisdiction. Please contact North Carolina for filing instructions and all questions regarding application content. Access the application by logging in to your NCBE Account.

Admission on Motion

Admission Solely on Transferred MBE Score

  • Admission Solely on Transferred MBE Score: No

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Bar Admission Agency
Board of Law Examiners of the State of North Carolina

5510 Six Forks Road, Suite 300

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 848-4229

Fax: (919) 848-4277

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