As many (if not all) of you are aware, most states are ditching the traditional state-specific bar exam to do the Uniform Bar Examination. This exam includes the MBE, MPT, and MEE. It is graded uniformly and consistently across the board so your grades won’t vary state to state. However, each state has to right to choose their own passing score still (so check on your state).
Taking the exam in a UBE state can be beneficial in a lot of ways. For Example:
- SITUATION #1 ~ you take the UBE in State 1 and fail. But your score was good enough to pass in UBE State 2. Yay! You can transfer your score over to that state where your score was good enough, and (assuming you meet all their other requirements), you should be able to bar in there instead). 🙂 (For more specific detes, check out the website here.)
- SITUATION #2 ~ You take the UBE in State 1 in 2015. State 2 moves over to the UBE in 2017. Yay! You can now transfer your old UBE score over to State 2 and bar in there (assuming you took the bar recent enough to meet State 2’s time limitations rule). (For more specific detes, check out the website here.)
- SITUATION #3 ~ You take the UBE in State 1, and later you want to transfer your MBE scores to a non-UBE State 2. Yay! So long as the state accepts transferred MBE scores, you should be able to do that (JUST MAKE SURE FIRST!) (For more specific detes, check out the website here.)
So which states are UBE? Well, as of JULY 2016:
- D.C, Washington
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Dakota
- South Carolina (Starting Feb. 2017)
- West Virginia
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