Maryland 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 Maryland 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).

Maryland Board of Law Examiners

2011-F Commerce Park Drive
Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone: (410) 260-3640

Email: sble@mdcourts.gov

Web: http://www.mdcourts.gov/ble

Bar Exam Locations

Martin’s West
6817 Dogwood Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21244

Valley Mansion by Martin’s
Cranbrook Shopping Center
594 Cranbrook Rd.
Cockeysville, MD 21030

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 85 on the MPRE is required for admission to the bar.

Filing Deadlines and Fees

The Maryland Board of Law Examiners has not released specific information about the filing deadlines and fees for the 2020 bar exams. Timely filing for the February bar exam has generally been September 15th and, late filing December 20th of the preceding year. Timely filing for the July Bar Exam has generally been January 15th and late filing May 20th. Please check the Bar Examiners Website for updated information.

Scoring

The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE, with the MBE weighted 50%, the MEE 30% and the MPT 20%. The scores are combined to determine if the applicant has achieved a passing score of 266.

Reciprocity

Admission Without Examination (OSA)

Experienced attorneys licensed to practice in another U.S. jurisdiction may be eligible for admission to the Bar of Maryland without examination. To be eligible for admission without examination, the petitioner must establish:

  1. Current admission in good standing to the Bar of a state (defined as a U.S. State, territory or possession, or the District of Columbia)
  2. Have passed the bar examination in a state or have been admitted by diploma privilege after graduating from an ABA law school
  3. Have accumulated the professional experience required by working for 3 of the most recent 5 years or for more than 10 years overall
  4. Good moral character & fitness for the practice of law in Maryland.

The applicant must also have passed the MPRE and meet other admission requirements. Contact bar examiners for complete information.

Fees: $700 to State Board of Law Examiners plus $500 to NCBE.

UBE Score Transfer

Maryland accepts transfers of Qualifying UBE Scores from applicants who achieved those scores in other UBE states. To be eligible for admission via the UBE, the applicant shall have:

  1. Completed the pre-legal education necessary to be admitted to an ABA-approved law school.
  2. Graduated with a JD or equivalent from an ABA-approved law school.
  3. Achieved qualifying UBE and MPRE scores and meet other admission requirements.

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