Individuals who will take the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) in Maryland in July 2019 and beyond, as well those seeking to transfer a qualifying UBE score to Maryland and experienced out-of-state attorneys seeking admission in Maryland without examination, are required to report a qualifying Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) score to the State Board of Law Examiners (SBLE), pursuant to Maryland Rules 19-201(a)(4), 19-213, and 19-216(h). The MPRE is prepared and administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE).
Qualifying MPRE Score
For applicants not currently admitted in good standing to the Bar of any U.S. State or territory, Board Rule 6 establishes the qualifying MPRE score as a scaled score of 85 or greater achieved at an administration of the MPRE occurring not more than 3 years prior to the date when the applicant files a Notice of Intent to Take the UBE in Maryland.
For applicants currently admitted in good standing to the Bar of another U.S. State or territory, Board Rule 6 establishes the qualifying MPRE score as a scaled score of 85 or greater earned at any time, so long as the score can be officially reported to SBLE by NCBE or, if the score is too old to be reported by NCBE, by bar admissions officials in another U.S. state.
When and How to Report your MPRE Score
Applicants and petitioners may cause NCBE (or state bar admissions officials, if needed) to report their MPRE score to Maryland at any time prior to applying for admission or up to 2 years after passing the UBE in Maryland or filing a Notice to Transfer a Qualifying UBE Score to Maryland or a Petition for Admission Without Examination. SBLE recommends and strongly encourages prospective applicants to create and activate their eBar account prior to requesting their MPRE score report, so that SBLE may accurately record your MPRE score. This recommendation includes applicants selecting Maryland to receive a score report during the MPRE registration process.
Further information on the MPRE, including a description of the test, registration, test accommodations, repeat testing, test preparation, exam day policies, and score reporting may be found at www.ncbex.org.