(1) Application. Applicants seeking admission to this Bar on the basis of a UBE score attained in another jurisdiction shall submit to the Director an application in a format approved by the Committee. The content of the application shall be confidential except upon order of the court.

(2) Fees. The application shall be accompanied by (1) a payment to the Clerk, D.C. Court of Appeals, in an amount and form approved by the Committee and specified by the Director, and (2) payment to NCBE, or proof of payment to NCBE, in an amount and form specified on the application form.

(3) Admission Requirements. An applicant may, upon proof of good moral character as it relates to the practice of law, be admitted to the Bar of this court on the basis of a UBE score attained in another jurisdiction provided that:

(A) The combined UBE scaled score, as certified by NCBE, is not less than 266 (the passing combined UBE scaled score);

(B) The passing combined UBE scaled score was attained by taking the UBE not more than five years before the filing of the application; 

(C) The passing combined UBE scaled score was attained by taking the UBE no more than 4 times, including any attempts in the District of Columbia.

(D) The applicant has been awarded a J.D. or LL.B. degree by a law school which, at the time of the awarding of the degree, was approved by the ABA; or, if the applicant graduated from a law school not approved by the ABA, the applicant successfully completed at least 26 credit hours of study in a law school that at the time of such study was approved by the ABA, with all such 26 credit hours having been earned in courses of study, each of which is substantially concentrated on a single subject tested on the UBE; and

(E) The applicant has also taken the MPRE written and administered by NCBE and received the minimum required grade as determined by the Committee.

When the Maryland Board of Law Examiners, DC Bar Committee on Admissions, or any character committee questions your character and fitness for bar admission, bar applicants should retain an attorney to assist in disclosing information relevant to character and fitness, to guide them through the bar admissions process, and to represent applicants in character committee hearings and in hearings before the Court of Appeals to determine whether they are fit to practice law. Character and fitness concerns may arise in connection with prior criminal convictions, academic dishonesty and honor code violations, addictions, drunk driving, neglected debts, and a failure to disclose material information on law school applications or on bar applications. If you have a history of misconduct, traffic citations, crimes, arrests and other facts to disclose in response to the character portion of the Maryland Bar Application or the DC Bar's NCBE application, you should strongly consider retaining bar admissions counsel if you want to avoid denial of a law license and get a license to practice law. This is even true for applicants for admission to law schools as these applications ask similar questions about character. A failure to disclose facts material to your admission could result in a denial of bar admission.

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