UPDATE FOR JULY 1, 2024 - Individuals seeking to apply for admission to the Maryland bar based on transfer of a UBE score earned in July 2021 should take careful notice that JULY 2021 UBE SCORES WILL EXPIRE ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2024.

AS SUCH, PURSUANT TO MARYLAND RULE 19-207 AND BOARD RULE 5, YOU MUST ACTUALLY FILE YOUR NOTICE OF INTENT TO TRANSFER A QUALIFYING JULY 2021 UBE SCORE BY THAT DATE. "FILED" MEANS THAT SBLE HAS RECEIVED A COMPLETE, CORRECT, SIGNED, HARD COPY OF THE NOTICE AND YOUR FEES IN ITS OFFICE NO LATER THAN 4:30PM ON THAT DATE. If your filing is received after July 31, 2024, or your total application package remains incomplete or defective in any respect on August 1, 2024, your UBE score will have expired and SBLE CANNOT accept the filing. Please also take note that your official undergraduate transcript, your official JD transcript, and your completed Character Questionnaire and $350 CQ fee must precede or accompany your Notice of Intent. See the UBE Transfer page of the Board’s website for complete information on filing requirements.

UPDATE FOR JUNE 14, 2024 - Pursuant to Maryland Rule 19-102(d), the State Board of Law Examiners gives notice that, on June 14, 2024, the State Board of Law Examiners approved new Board Rule 10, which establishes policies, procedures, and sanctions to address incidences of misconduct by applicants in the Maryland bar application process and/or at an administration of the UBE in Maryland. The Board Rule will be effective beginning July 29, 2024.  The new Board Rule may be reviewed on the Bar Admission Rules page of the Board’s website.  Also on June 14, 2024, the State Board of Law Examiners adopted a Civility Policy, which may be reviewed HERE.

UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 1, 2023 - The Supreme Court of Maryland entered an Administrative Order, today, adopting the NextGen Bar Exam currently being developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Details regarding the decision to adopt the NextGen Bar Exam as well as a link to the Administrative Order are available HERE.

Information on registering for the February 2024 UBE in Maryland may be found on the ADMISSION BY UNIFORM BAR EXAM – TEST IN MARYLAND page of SBLE’s website.

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