The Uniform Bar Exam is a new version of the bar exam being offered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. It is a two-day exam comprised entirely of questions testing national principals of law. States often adopt the UBE to help give new graduates and others seeking employment a greater range of employment opportunities.
Applicants who take the UBE are given a portable score they can use to apply for admission in any of the sixteen states that offer the test and accept transfer scores. This alleviates the need to take time off to take a new bar exam and to wait for grading.
However, each state that accepts the score does have its own requirements for character and fitness, as well as a fee associated with the transfer application. In six states, it ends there. In ten other states, there are additional state-specific testing or educational requirements applicants must complete before they are licensed to practice. The chart below details the range of costs and requirements, by state, for applicants with a UBE score.
|State||Cost||Additional Transfer Requirements||Score Transfer Cost||Date of Adoption|
|Alabama||$575||Course on Alabama law||$875||March 2007|
|Alaska||$800||Alaska Bar Rule 64 affidavit||$800||January 2014|
|Arizona||$580||Course on Arizona law||$625 + $200 course fee||January 2015|
|Colorado||$710||Six hour course on professionalism||$810||November 2011|
|Kansas||$1250||Cannot have previously failed the written Kansas exam||$1250||April 2015|
|Minnesota||$500 (or $950 if licensed in another jurisdiction for at least 6 months) + $100 laptop fee||N/A||$950||February 2013|
|Missouri||$910||Mandatory open book test : Missouri Educational Component test (MECT) and sign Certificate of Completion||$1240||February 2011|
|Montana||$450||Attend a Montana Law Seminar||$400||July 2013|
|Nebraska||$490 + $150 laptop fee||N/A||$925||January 2013|
|New Hampshire||$725||N/A||$725||August 2013|
|North Dakota||$825||N/A||$775||February 2011|
|Utah||$550 (student) $850 (attorney) + $150 laptop fee||If less than two years legal practice, New Lawyer Training Program. If more than 2 years, at least 15 CLE hours on Utah practice & procedure & ethics & civility||$550 (student)|
|Washington||$585||Pass the Washington Law Component (online test)||$785||July 2013|
|New York||$250||Online course and examination||$250 (domestic)|
Read the next post in this series: "Five Tips for Early Bar Exam Prep."