About the UBE
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 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 also require applicants to complete a jurisdiction-specific law component.
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. Note that jurisdictions that adopt the UBE may be indicated as such with incomplete information until rule amendments are finalized.
For a downloadable map of jurisdictions that have adopted the UBE, access the PDF map: Adoption of the Uniform Bar Examination with NCBE Tests Administered by Non-UBE Jurisdictions.
For more information, view our informational pdf about the UBE.
Click on the following button for a list of UBE jurisdictions and their first administration dates.
Click on a jurisdiction in the map below for an overview of its bar admission requirements, including additional information on its UBE policies.
|District of Columbia||Yes|
|Northern Mariana Islands||No|
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.