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Bar Exam FAQs

What is the UBE?
The Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) is the single bar exam that is administered by 19 states, including New Mexico. UBE states allow for transfer of UBE scores between states. As a result, an applicant may take the exam in one state and use his or her score to apply to any of the 19 states’ bars. For more information on the UBE, visit www.ncbex.org/exams/ube.

What documents must I submit to meet the filing deadlines?
Please see this page for a complete list and deadlines.

Where is the exam given?
The exam is given in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

How long is the exam?
The exam is administered over a two-day period. The first day, Tuesday, consists of six thirty-minute Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) essays in the morning and two ninety-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions in the afternoon. The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) is administered on Wednesday.

Does New Mexico have provisions for admission by motion, reciprocity, or waiver?
As of June 1, 2015, qualified attorneys may be admitted via reciprocal admission on motion. Please visit our “Reciprocity” link on this website for further information.

Can I have file documents (i.e. transcripts, references) sent to your office before I submit my application?
Yes. We have a filing system for these documents and will add them to your file after we receive your application. However, we only will keep them for a period of one year from the date of receipt.

What if I can’t take the exam for which I applied?
You may notify the Board in writing that you are unable to take the exam and wish to defer to a future exam. Please note, however, that although your filing fee will be credited to the future exam, no portion of the fee is refundable. You may defer one time at no additional charge. After the first deferral and reapplication, each reapplication after subsequent deferrals will be assessed the full applicable filing fee.

How late can I file my late application?
The Board does accept late applications. Please see Rule 15-105A NMRA and this page for the schedule of late fees and deadlines.

When will I receive acknowledgment that my application has been accepted by the Board?
After the timely filing deadline, it takes at least two months to review the applications. Late applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received. When the review is complete, an acknowledgment letter is sent to each applicant along with information on the exam. Please note that it is the policy of this Board to allow all applicants who meet the minimum requirements to take the exam. If there are any character and fitness issues, those are dealt with as part of the admission process. A character and fitness determination is not a prerequisite for taking the exam.

When are the exam results posted and sent?
There is no specific date for the release of exam results. For the February exam, they are usually available by mid-April and for the July exam, mid- September. When the lists are ready, they are sent to the New Mexico Supreme Court for its approval and, on that day, they are mailed to the applicants and posted on the Boards web site, if possible. Please do not call the office asking when the results will be available. No dates will be given over the phone and the interruptions only delay the compilation of the reports, lists and letters.

May I take the written portion of the exam on my laptop computer?
Yes. You may write the MPT’s and MEE’s on your laptop. You must first register with ExamSoft and download its software. There is a separate fee for registering with ExamSoft and that fee is payable directly to ExamSoft. With your application acknowledgment letter, you will receive a booklet with bar exam information including detailed information on using your laptop. You should pay close attention to the registration deadlines for each exam. Registration will begin on May 1 for the July bar exams and December 1 for the February bar exams. The closing dates for each exam will be in the latter part of June and January.

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