Maine Bar Examination (UBE)

2020 Bar Exam Information

NOTE: Bar exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with bar examiner’s office.

BAR EXAM DATES AND FORMAT

2020: February 25 – 26, July 28 – 29

2021: February 23 – 24, July 27 – 28

The Maine Bar Exam is a 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).

Day 1: Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test questions (MPT in the AM) and six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam questions (MEE in the PM).

Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM).

Maine Board of Bar Examiners

40 Water St.
Hallowell, ME 04347

Phone: (207) 623-2464
Fax: (207) 622-0059

Email: execdir@mainebarexaminers.org

Web: http://mainebarexaminers.org

Bar Exam Location

Holiday Inn Portland By The Bay
88 Spring St.
Portland, ME 04101

Subjects Tested

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Business Associations (Agency, Partnerships, Corporations, Limited Liability Companies)
  • Conflicts of Law
  • Family Law
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests)
  • Secured Transactions (Article 9 of Uniform Commercial Code)
  • Plus, all MBE Subjects
Multistate Performance Test “Closed universe” practical questions using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.

A scaled score of 80 on the MPRE is required for admission.

Filing Deadlines and Fees

Applications must be received at the Maine Board of Bar Examiners between March 15 and May 20 for the July exam, and between October 15 and December 20 for the February examination. If the deadline falls on a weekend, application must be received by the Monday thereafter. If your application is not received by the Board by the deadline, the Board will only accept the application upon payment of a late fee of $150 if the Board receives the application within seven calendar days of the deadline. If the Board receives the application between the seventh and fourteenth calendar day after the deadline, the Board will only accept the application upon payment of a late fee of $300. No applications will be accepted more than fourteen days following the application deadline.

Exam Fee: $600

Attorney Applicant: $650 plus NCBE fees

UBE Score Transfer: $900 plus NCBE fees

Scoring

The passing score is a scaled score of 276. The total score is 50% MBE scaled score and 50% converted essay score from Day 1. Results are released within 75 days after the exam.

Reciprocity

Maine Bar Admission Rule 11A authorizes admission to the Maine bar without examination for applicants who:

  1. are admitted to practice law in another state, territory, or the District of Columbia, MBAR 11A(a)(1); and
  2. have been primarily engaged in the active practice of law in a state, territory, or the District of Columbia for at least THREE OF THE PAST FIVE years immediately preceding the date upon which the motion is filed, MBAR 11A(a)(2)(C); immediately preceding the date upon which the motion is filed, MBAR 11A(a)(2)(A) and (B).

Admission by UBE

Applicants who have obtained a scaled score of at least 276 on a Uniform Bar Exam in another jurisdiction no earlier than July 2015 may apply for admission based on that score. For complete details contact the Maine Board of Bar Examiners.

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