North Dakota 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 North Dakota Bar Exam is a 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). 

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

North Dakota State Board of Law Examiners

Judicial Wing, First Floor
600 E. Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58505-0530

Phone: (701) 328-4201

Fax: (701) 328-4480

Email: BarExaminers@ndcourts.gov

Web: www.ndcourts.gov/supreme-court/committees/board-of-law-examiners/bar-exam-application

Bar Exam Location

Bismarck – TBD

Subjects Tested

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 is required for admission to the bar. Passing score must be achieved no more than five years prior to receipt of application for admission and must be earned within two years after receipt of application for admission.

Filing Deadlines and Fees

Law student registration is required. For complete details contact the North Dakota State Board of Law Examiners.

Administration of the February bar exam is dependent on ten or more applicants. Applications must be postmarked by November 1 for the February exam and by March 15 for the July exam. Late application deadlines, with associated fees, are November 15 and December 1 for the February exam and April 15 and May 15 for the July exam.

Bar Exam Application Fee: $150

On-Motion Application Fee: $400

UBE Transfer Fee: $400

Late Fee: $100

Final Late Fee: $150

Scoring

The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE with the MBE weighted 50%, the MEE weighted 30% and the MPT weighted 20%. A total scaled score of 260 is required to pass.

Reciprocity

Acceptance of MBE or UBE Score

Applicants may be eligible to apply for admission based on: MBE scaled score of at least 150 within two years of the date of an exam taken in a jurisdiction in which applicant is admitted; or UBE scaled score of at least 260 within two years of the date of the exam taken in another jurisdiction. For complete details contact the North Dakota State Board of Law Examiners.

Admission on Motion

May be admitted on motion if applicant has engaged in active practice of law for four of five years preceding application and is a graduate of an ABA accredited law school. For complete details contact the North Dakota State Board of Law Examiners.

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