Originally published December 7, 2017. Updated July 23, 2018.
The Uniform Bar Exam is administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners in a majority of states in the country. The two-day exam, which measures a test takers knowledge of universal legal principles, is comprised of the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), two Multistate Performance Test (MPT) tasks, and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE).
While the UBE is uniformly graded, each state or U.S. territory has the authority to establish their own passing score. And since more than half of the jurisdictions in the United States have adopted the UBE, results can be transferred wherever the exam is administered.
States that Administer the Uniform Bar Exam
Although the UBE is administered from coast-to-coast, there are still some states where the exam hasn't been adopted. Here is a complete list of the Uniform Bar Exam States.
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
U.S. Territories that administer the UBE:
What is the Passing Score for each State?
Since each jurisdiction determines its own minimum threshold to clinch the exam, passing scores differ from state to state, ranging from 260 to 280. Here is the minimum passing score for each UBE jurisdiction:
Alabama, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, North Dakota
Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Virgin Islands
Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming
Colorado, Maine, Rhode Island
Can a UBE Score be Transferred from One State to Another?
A passing UBE score can be transferred from a specific jurisdiction to another as long as your score meets the standard for passing established by that state or territory.
Even if you failed the UBE, you'd be eligible to transfer your score to a different jurisdiction where your score would've met their passing standards.
You can also transfer your MBE score to a non-UBE jurisdiction, as long as the non-UBE jurisdiction accepts these scores. This also works for transferring your MBE score from a non-UBE jurisdiction to a UBE jurisdiction.
How to Sign up for the UBE
You register for the UBE by applying in the state where you hope to practice law. To register, create an NCBE Account to receive an NCBE Number. You'll use that number to register with a jurisdiction to take the UBE. Most jurisdictions require applicants to provide their NCBE Number when upon applying for the UBE.
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