(a) Authority. Pursuant to Rule 19-213, the Board hereby determines that a qualifying MPRE score is a scaled score of [to be determined] earned on an administration of the MPRE that occurred:

(1) for applicants taking the UBE in Maryland--not earlier than 37 months prior to the administration of the UBE the applicant passes;

(2) for applicants transferring a qualifying UBE to Maryland--not earlier than 37 months prior to the date the applicant files the Notice of Intent to Transfer a Qualifying UBE Score, pursuant to Rule 19-207; and

(3) for applicants petitioning for admission without examination pursuant to Maryland Rules 19-215 and 19-216--at any time, so long as the score report satisfies the requirements of subsection (b) below of this Rule.

Nothing in this rule shall prevent an applicant or petitioner from earning a qualifying MPRE score after applying or petitioning for admission in Maryland; however, failure to earn a qualifying MPRE score prior to the expiration of the 24-month deadline set forth in Rule 19-214 (b) shall not constitute good cause for an extension of that deadline pursuant to Rule 19-214 (c).

(b) How Score to be Reported. Each individual who applies for admission pursuant to Rule 19-202 or who petitions for admission pursuant to Rule 19-216 shall cause the Board to receive from the NCBE a valid score report demonstrating that the applicant or petitioner achieved a qualifying MPRE 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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