Rhode Island

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

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The information provided on this page is drawn from the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements. 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. (Information last updated Apr 28, 2023.)

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 7
  • Bar Exam Application Fees: See Chart 7

UBE Adoption

  • UBE Adoption: Yes
  • UBE First Administration Date: February 2019
  • UBE Minimum Passing Score: 276
  • UBE Jurisdiction-Specific Component: No

Admission on Transferred UBE Score

  • Admission on Transferred UBE Score: Yes
  • Effective Date: 28th February 2019
  • Minimum Score: 270
  • Maximum Score Age: 2 years , See Chart 5
  • Jurisdiction-Specific Component: No
  • UBE Score Services

Rhode Island Bar Exam Components

  • The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE): Yes
  • The Multistate Essay Examination (MEE): Yes
  • The Multistate Performance Test (MPT): Yes
  • Jurisdiction-Drafted Exam: No

MPRE Requirements

Character and Fitness Investigations

NCBE provides character and fitness services for the following applicant types in Rhode Island:

  • Attorney
View Character and Fitness Services for Rhode Island

Admission on Motion

  • Admission on Motion: No

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Bar Admission Agency
Rhode Island Supreme Court
Board of Bar Examiners

Frank Licht Judicial Complex
250 Benefit St.

Providence, RI 02903

Phone: (401) 222-5402

Fax: (401) 222-3599

Email: ribarexam@courts.ri.gov

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