General UBE FAQs

Which jurisdictions administer the UBE?

The following jurisdictions have adopted the UBE. The date of the first administration of the UBE by that jurisdiction is noted in parentheses. Alabama (July 2011), Alaska (July 2014), Arizona (July 2012), Colorado (February 2012), Idaho (February 2012), Minnesota (February 2014), Missouri (February 2011), Montana (July 2013), Nebraska (February 2013), New Hampshire (February 2014), North Dakota (February 2011), Utah (February 2013), Washington (July 2013), Wyoming (July 2013)

 

Examinees are advised to contact the jurisdiction to which they seek admission for the most current information.

How can I find out the requirements for admission by transferred UBE score?

You may wish to review Chart 10 in the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements for a general guide. You should contact the bar admissions authority in the jurisdiction to which you seek admission for specific information and to verify that the information in Chart 10 is up-to-date.

Which jurisdictions currently accept UBE scores? 

All jurisdictions that administer the UBE accept transferred scores. Jurisdictions may begin accepting transferred UBE scores prior to or after their first administration of the UBE. The following jurisdictions currently accept transferred UBE scores earned in another jurisdiction: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

 

Examinees are advised to contact the jurisdiction to which they seek admission for the most current information.

How can I find out whether a UBE jurisdiction requires completion of a jurisdiction-specific component (a separate test, course, or some combination of the two) prior to admission?

For a general guide, review Chart 6 in the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements. You should contact the bar admissions authority in the jurisdiction to which you seek admission for specific information and to verify that the information in Chart 6 is up-to-date.

How can I find out if a particular jurisdiction is considering adopting the UBE?

You may contact the bar admissions authority in the jurisdiction to ask if the UBE is under consideration. Contact information for jurisdictions can be found on the Bar Admission Offices Directory on the home page.

If I transfer my UBE score to another UBE jurisdiction, do I have to complete the character and fitness process again?

Yes. Each jurisdiction makes its own character and fitness decisions. You must complete the application forms and meet the admission requirements, including approval of your character and fitness, as determined by the jurisdiction to which you transfer a UBE score.

Can I take the UBE in a jurisdiction in which I am not seeking admission to the bar but where it is most convenient for me to take the exam?

Administering and grading the examination uses the jurisdiction’s resources, so it is for each UBE jurisdiction to decide whether it will allow persons who are not seeking admission there to sit for the examination.

UBE Score Transcript Services FAQs

How do I request score services from NCBE?

You must have an NCBE account to request NCBE score services. If you do not know whether or not you have an NCBE account, use the NCBE Account Lookup before proceeding.

How can I request UBE score services if I did not have an NCBE account when I sat for the exam?

If you did not have an NCBE account when you sat for the exam, create an account to request score services. We will locate your score using other pieces of biographic information. You must have provided sufficient biographic information on your answer sheet at the time you tested. NCBE may refuse to provide score services if your scores cannot be identified with confidence.

How can I find out the requirements for admission by transferred UBE score?

You may wish to review Chart 10 in the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements for a general guide. You should contact the bar admissions authority in the jurisdiction to which you seek admission for specific information and to verify that the information in Chart 10 is up-to-date.

If the jurisdiction in which I took the bar examination administered the MEE, MPT, and MBE prior to adopting the UBE, does my exam score subsequently qualify as a UBE score?

No. The UBE is more than the sum of its components. It is uniformly administered, graded, and scored by the jurisdictions that adopt it. The fact that a jurisdiction administered the MEE, MPT, and MBE does not qualify the score as a UBE score.

If I took the bar examination in a jurisdiction that administers the MEE, MPT, and MBE, can I transfer my exam score to a UBE jurisdiction?

You must take the examination in a UBE jurisdiction to earn a portable UBE score. If the jurisdiction in which you tested had not adopted the UBE at the time you took the exam, you did not earn a UBE score, even if that jurisdiction administered the MEE, MPT, and MBE. You might be able to transfer your MBE score to a UBE jurisdiction and sit for only the MEE and MPT (and local component, if the jurisdiction requires) to seek admission in that jurisdiction, but you will not earn a portable UBE score if you do so.

Once a jurisdiction adopts the UBE, will it accept transferred UBE scores earned prior to its adoption of the UBE?

Yes, provided the UBE score was earned within any time limits set by the jurisdiction regarding the maximum age of transferred UBE scores. Review Chart 10 in the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements. You should contact the bar admissions authority in the jurisdiction to which you seek admission for specific information and to verify that the information in Chart 10 is up-to-date.

If I take the UBE, can I transfer my MBE score to a non-UBE jurisdiction?

Yes, provided the non-UBE jurisdiction accepts transferred MBE scores. Review Chart 8 in the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements.

If I take the bar examination in a non-UBE jurisdiction, can I transfer my MBE score to a UBE jurisdiction?

Yes, provided the UBE jurisdiction accepts transferred MBE scores. Review Chart 8 in the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements. NOTE: If you transfer a concurrent or prior MBE score to a UBE jurisdiction, however, you will NOT earn a portable UBE score. You must take all portions of the examination (MEE, MPT, and MBE) in the same UBE jurisdiction and in the same exam administration to earn a portable UBE score.

Can I take the MEE and MPT in a UBE jurisdiction and the MBE concurrently in a non-UBE jurisdiction?

No, not if you want to earn a portable UBE score. UBE applicants must take all portions of the examination (MEE, MPT, and MBE) in the same UBE jurisdiction and in the same exam administration to earn a portable UBE score.