(a) Authority. Pursuant to section Rule 19-203, the State Board of Law Examiners shall administer the Uniform Bar Examination, published by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). The subject matter, format, and specifications of the UBE are determined by the NCBE. The UBE currently consists of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) and the Multistate Performance Tests (MPT).

(b) Qualifying UBE Score. Pursuant to Rule 19-203 (d), the Board determines that a qualifying UBE score is a scaled score of 266 earned by an applicant on an administration of the UBE given in Maryland or in an administration of the UBE given in another UBE State within the 3 years preceding the filing of a Notice of Intent to Transfer a Qulifying UBE Score pursuant to Rule 19-207. The 3-year period shall be deemed to commence on August 1 next following a July administration of the UBE and on March 1 next following a February administration of the UBE.

(c) Grading.

(1) The MBE is a multiple-choice test published and scored by the Naitonal Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and its agents.

(2) The MEE and MPT are essay tests published by the NCBE and graded by the Board. Scaling of Raw MEE scores and raw MPT scores to the MBE is performed by NCBE.

(3) Calculation of an applicant's total UBE score is performed by NCBE.

(d) No Regrade or Appeal. After the NCBE calculates an applicant's UBE score, the Board shall not regrade or otherwise reconsider any MPT or MEE answer. Except as provided in Rule 19-209 (a), an applicant's examination results shall not be subject to appeal.

(e)  How UBE transfer score to be reported. Each individual who files a Notice of Intent to Transfer a Qualifying UBE Score pursuant to Rule 19-207 shall cause the Board to receive from the NCBE a valid score report demonstrating that the individual achieved a Qualifying UBE Score.

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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