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Bar Admission Preparation: Take Charge!

It's Never Too Early to Start Preparing for Your Bar Admission

There are multiple steps for applying to practice in any jurisdiction.  You will not be qualified to sit for the bar exam unless all requirements of the bar admission process have been met.  Why wait until the filing deadlines get close?  Start your admissions process now.

Some states require first-year law students to register with their State Bar or Board of Examiners.  In the remaining jurisdictions it is encouraged.  Doing this starts the investigative process earlier, and as a result some states give students discounted application fees.  The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) website has a helpful page called Bar Admission Services.

First and second year students should already be developing a thorough familiarity with the bar admission process, and calendaring all deadlines.  You are accountable for every aspect of your bar admission application, so starting early is key and keeping track of the process is vital.

National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE)

The NCBE's goal is to apply reasonable and uniform standards for admission to the practice of law.  Visit the NCBE website for information on multistate exams and resources.

Create an NCBE Account
You can create a secure account and get an NCBE Number at www.ncbex.org/ncbe-number, and use your account to:
  • Register for the MPRE
  • Transfer or request a copy of your MBE, MPRE, or UBE score
  • Access Character and Fitness Application
  • Get an NCBE Number to apply for bar admission
Note:  Requesting the NCBE number does not register you with your jurisdiction.  You must comply with the application procedures and submit the required forms.  Also, not all jurisdictions participate in NCBE's Character and Fitness Investigations service.


The Uniform Bar Examination (UBE)
The Uniform Bar Examination has been adopted by most jurisdictions. The date of the first administration of the UBE in each jurisdiction is listed on the UBE FAQs page.

Prepared and coordinated by the NCB Examiners, the UBE is composed of the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), two Multistate Performance Test (MPT) tasks, and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE).  It is uniformly administered, graded, and scored by user jurisdictions, which may add supplemental components.

ABA Requirements


Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements, 2016
Information on bar admission requirements in all U.S. jurisdictions, including a directory of state bar admission agencies.

MBE Information


Multistate Bar Examination
The MBE is a component of the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). Jurisdictions that administer the UBE weight the MBE component 50%.

Eileen Santos, M.L.S.
Interim Director


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