UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 27, 2023 - Applicants are strongly cautioned to anticipate delays in US Postal Service mail and package delivery due to the holiday shipping and mailing season. Commercial delivery service (e.g., FedEx, UPS, etc.) packages with “guaranteed” delivery dates (e.g., “next day” services) will be accepted after the filing deadline without a showing of good cause. Packages without “guaranteed” delivery dates, including USPS Priority Mail Express, USPS Priority Mail, and USPS first-class mail, may not be accepted without a showing of good cause.

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.

UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 19, 2023 - Due to limitations on contracted examination space, the Supreme Court of Maryland has approved a cap on the number of Notices of Intent that SBLE will accept for the February 2024 UBE in Maryland.  Registration for the February 2024 UBE in Maryland will open on November 1, 2023 and will close on December 20, 2023 or when SBLE has received 750 hard-copy Notices of Intent, whichever comes first.

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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