Selected Policies

Testing Accommodations Procedure

MBE Transfer Fee

Late applications and Late Fees

  • The following regulation is effective immediately.
  • All applications received by the Maine Board of Bar Examiners after the applicable application deadline set forth in the Maine Bar Admission Rules will be subject to a late fee.
  • Applications received within seven calendar days of the applicable application deadline set forth in the Maine Bar Admission Rules will be subject to a late fee of $150.00.
  • Applications received after the seventh calendar day following the applicable application deadline set forth in the Maine Bar Admission Rules will be subject to a late fee of $300.00.
  • The Board will not accept for filing any application that is received in its offices more than fourteen calendar days after the applicable application deadline.
  • Late Fees paid to the Maine Board of Bar Examiners are not refundable pursuant to Maine Bar Admission Rule 6(c).
  • Adopted: March 3, 2003

No Smoking Policy

  • No smoking will be allowed during the Maine bar examination. A separate smoking area will not be provided and applicants will not be allowed to leave the examination room to smoke. There will be a break each day for lunch, at which time applicants must leave the examination room and are therefore free to smoke at any location where smoking is permitted.

Effective Date of Rules to be Tested on Examinations

  • The Board has adopted the following policy concerning the version of Maine Rules on which applicants will be tested at each exam:
  • At each administration of the Maine Bar Examination, pursuant to M.Bar Adm.R. 10(d)(1), the Maine Board of Bar Examiners will test only the applicant’s knowledge of the Maine Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, the Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure, the Maine Rules of Evidence and the Maine Code of Professional Responsibility including any amendments thereto adopted on or before November 1 of the year preceding the examination.
  • For example, for examinations administered in February and July of 2004, applicants will be responsible for any amendments to applicable Rules adopted through November 1, 2003 only.
  • Adopted: September 25, 2003

Hats, Hoods and Similar Headgear

  • Applicants are not permitted to wear hats, hoods or any other headgear during the examination.
  • Such articles may be placed with other personal belongings in designated areas during the examination.
  • Adopted: January 25, 2005

MPRE Scores

  • Effective January 1, 2006, the Maine Board of Bar Examiners has raised the minimum required score on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (“MPRE”) from 75 to 80.
  • Each applicant for the February 2006 or a subsequent Maine bar examination, and each applicant who submits an application for reciprocal admission pursuant to Maine Bar Admission Rule 11A after January 1, 2006, must provide evidence that the applicant has achieved a score of at least 80 on the MPRE before they will be eligible for admission to the Maine bar.

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