Bar admission is regulated by each state's board of bar examiners. Bar requirements are state-specific and vary from state to state. It is important to check the requirements for the jurisdiction in which you plan to practice law.
- National Conference of Bar Examiners
The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) is the organization that provides the test components that make up all, or some, of the bar exam (depending on where you sit for the exam). The NCBE site contains a wealth of information and should be at the top of your bar prep resource list.
- NCBE Jurisdiction Information
This map contains links to bar admission agencies and bar requirements for all jurisdictions.
- NCBE Bar Admissions Guide
This publication is produced annually by the NCBE in collaboration with the ABA. It contains current information on bar admission requirements in all U.S. jurisdictions, including a directory of state bar admission agencies. It is available in pdf for free at the link above.
- ABA Bar Admissions Information
This page contains a useful overview and information on bar admissions.
Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)
- The Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) is coordinated by NCBE and 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 and results in a portable score that can be transferred to other UBE jurisdictions.
- Thirty-six jurisdictions are currently using or will soon adopt the UBE. They include (but are not limited to): DC, MD, NY, NJ, CT, MA, NC. A list of all states that have adopted the UBE, along with the minimum passing score in each jurisdiction, can be found here.
- Jurisdictions that use the UBE may also require applicants to complete a jurisdiction-specific law component.
• Ex. Maryland – Prior to admission to practice, an applicant for admission in New York must complete the “Maryland Law Component”, which consists of two parts. The first part is a review of a set of written outlines covering Maryland specific law. The second part is a timed, online, 50-question, multiple-choice quiz. To successfully complete the second part, an applicant must answer at least 40 out of 50 questions correct in 90 minutes. Additional information about the Maryland Law Component can be found here.