Announcements

Posted: January 20, 2022

COVID PROTOCOLS FOR FEBRUARY 2022 MAINE BAR EXAMINATION

The Maine Board of Bar Examiners requires all February 2022 Uniform Bar Examination applicants to submit proof that they have:

  1. Been vaccinated, including a booster, if eligible, as described below; or
  2. Received a negative COVID-19 test result, as described below.

More detailed instructions on how to submit proof of compliance with these requirements will be forthcoming.

COVID-19 Vaccination (Plus Booster, if Eligible):  A boosted applicant has completed an initial vaccination regimen and received a booster.  A recently vaccinated applicant has completed an initial vaccination regimen: within 5 months of February 15, 2022, for Moderna or Pfizer; or within 2 months of February 15, 2022, for Johnson & Johnson.  Based on those timelines, if you become eligible to receive a booster on or before February 15, 2022, you must also present proof that you received a booster.

Negative COVID-19 Test Result:  While PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests are preferred, an applicant may submit either a PCR test or a lab or telehealth observed rapid test with certified test result from the provider in order to be permitted to sit for the bar examination.  The test must be conducted on or after Wednesday, February 16, 2022.  Test results must be provided no later than 8:00 a.m. on Monday, February 21, 2022.

Submission of Proofs:  Details regarding the method for submitting the required proofs of vaccination or a negative test result will be provided in the coming weeks.

In addition, the Maine Board of Bar Examiners will be requiring the following COVID protocols at the examination:

  1. The Board will be providing N95 masks that all applicants will be required to wear throughout the entirety of the examination;
  2. Social distancing will be enforced throughout the examination; and
  3. A medical professional will be on-site to conduct COVID screening questions and administer rapid on-site testing for individuals who report or present with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

If the medical professional determines that the applicant does not pass the COVID screening and/or the rapid on-site testing results are positive, the applicant will not be permitted to sit for the examination.

If an applicant declines to obtain a vaccination or to provide a negative test result, or otherwise fails to comply with the Board’s COVID protocols, they will be administratively withdrawn from the February 2022 examination.  In accordance with Maine Bar Admissions Rule 6(d), all fees paid to the Board are nonrefundable.  If an applicant withdraws from the examination, the applicant will receive a letter from our office detailing the withdrawal process and detailed information regarding the credit process for a future examination.

The Board will continue to closely monitor public health and safety guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic and will provide updates that may impact the administration of the bar examination, as necessary. 

Posted: November 8, 2021

The February 2022 Maine Bar Examination will be administered in-person at the DoubleTree Hotel, 363 Maine Mall Road, South Portland, Maine.

The Maine Board of Bar Examiners will accept applications for the upcoming in-person February 2022 Maine Bar Examination from October 15, 2021 through December 20, 2021. Please note that our office is currently working remotely due to the pandemic and will only accept applications at this time by mail service at the following address:

Maine Board of Bar Examiners
PO Box 140
Augusta, ME 04332-0140

If you have any questions, please contact our office by email at execdir@mainebarexaminers.org.

GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER REGARDING NOTARIZATION

On April 8, 2020, Governor Janet Mills issued an Executive Order
temporarily modifying certain in-person notarization and acknowledgement requirements.

Notaries outside of the State of Maine should follow their state’s requirements for remote notarization.

This Executive Order applies to all Maine Board of Bar Examiners applications.
Please click here for the Court Order.

MAINE BAR APPLICATIONS

When applying for admission to the Maine Bar through examination, Admission by Motion or UBE Score Transfer, please make sure to submit the most recent application. Older versions of applications will not be accepted.

CHANGE IN MAINE UBE CUT SCORE

In accordance with Maine Bar Admissions Rule 10(c)(3), the Maine Board of Bar Examiners, at its January 2020 Board meeting, set the passing scaled score for future bar examinations at 270. This new passing score will be effective starting with the February 2020 Bar Examination. This change is prospective only.

COURTESY SEAT APPLICATIONS

The Maine Board of Bar Examiners provides the opportunity for examinees to apply for a COURTESY SEAT in order to obtain a UBE Score, but not seek admission to the Maine Bar. Please note there is a separate application for courtesy seating. Please click here for the Courtesy Seat Application.

Maine will accept concurrent applications from examinees sitting for the UBE in another jurisdiction. Applicants must still apply as if taking the Maine bar exam, but do not have to sit in Maine if sitting for an exam in another UBE jurisdiction (for the same exam administration). In order to apply concurrently with another UBE jurisdiction, please click here for the Exam Application.