Upcoming Exam (July 2024)

Posted: May 29, 2024

Applicant List for July 2024 Exam

Posted: March 7, 2024

Application Deadlines for July 2024 Exam

March 15, 2024 – May 20, 2024

The Maine Board of Bar Examiners will receive all applications for the July 2024 bar exam from March 15, 2024 until 5:00 pm on May 20, 2024. There will be no option to pay a late fee and submit an application after May 20, 2024. This change is made pursuant to Maine Bar Admission Rule 6(3)(b) and applies to all exam applications and testing accommodation applications.

In order to apply for the exam, applicants must review the instructions and submit an application through the applicant portal at the following links:

1.  Instructions – Application for Applicants Not Admitted In Another Jurisdiction for One Year or More.

2.  Instructions – Application for Applicants Admitted In Another Jurisdiction for One Year or More.

3.  Applicant Portal for Maine Bar Exam Applicants

4. SAMPLE Application for Applicants Not Admitted In Another Jurisdiction for One Year or More.

5. NCBE Character and Fitness Application for Applicants Admitted In Another Jurisdiction for One Year or More 

6.  Social Security Disclosure Form. *Applicants must upload the form to the applicant portal and mail the original form to our office.*

7.  Authorization and Release Form. *Applicants must upload one copy of the form to the applicant portal and mail three (3) original forms to our office.*

8. Application Signature Page. *Applicants must upload the form to the applicant portal and mail the original form to our office.*

9. Testing Accommodations Application.  *Testing Accommodations Applications must received by our office by mail no later than 5pm on May 20, 2024 for the July 2024 exam.  Hand delivery is not available. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.*

Frequently Asked Questions – School Certification Forms and Official Transcripts

The applicant portal has been created to provide applicants with a more hands-on experience.  Since the portal is new and a work-in-progress, maintenance will be occurring from time to time.  When this happens, a notice will be placed on the website informing applicants as to the time period in which the maintenance will occur.

If an applicant has any questions or issues with the applicant portal, please contact the Executive Director, Melissa Hansen, at execdir@mainebarexaminers.org or through the applicant portal.

MAINE BOARD OF BAR EXAMINERS

135 MAINE ST, STE A, BOX 305

BRUNSWICK, ME 04011

COVID Protocols for the July 2024 Maine Bar Examination

**Please note that the Board has mandated masks at multiple exams since the start of COVID. The COVID protocols (including any mask requirements) will be provided a few weeks prior to the exam date**

Posted: December 8, 2023

MPRE Score Requirement

On October 4, 2022, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court amended Rule 11 to state the following:

An applicant for admission by examination must have taken and obtained a passing score on the MPRE within 15 years prior to the date on which the applicant is admitted.  

The amendment to this rule means that an MPRE Score is no longer required in order for an applicant to apply and sit for the Maine Bar Exam.

Posted: October 12, 2023

Exam Information Tutorial

As of March 28, 2023, applicants who are submitting applications through the applicant portal for the upcoming exam are able to save a draft of their application prior to submitting their application to our office for consideration.

Here is the important information to know:

  1. All applications filed today and all future applications will have the ability to save their application and go back to it at a later time to complete it.
  2. Each time the applicant clicks “Next (Save as Draft)”, it will save the information entered on that page and move to the next page.
  3. An applicant should only hit the “Complete” button on the last page when they are ready to submit the application to our office for review.
  4. The status of the application will say “Draft” on the applicant’s home page until the applicant finalizes the application.

If an applicant has previously submitted an application prior to today and did not complete their application, please do not complete a new application.  The applicant should contact our office through the applicant portal so that we can reopen their application for completion.

JULY 2024 MAINE BAR EXAMINATION

The July 2024 Maine Bar Examination will be administered in-person on July 30, 2024 and July 31, 2024 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in South Portland, Maine. Our office will begin accepting applications through our new applicant portal from March 15, 2024 until 5pm on May 20, 2024.  Applications will not be available prior to March 15, 2024.

Instructions on how to use the applicant portal are available at the top of this page.

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. The reduction in cut score is prospective only.

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 go to https://mainebarexaminers.org/exam-forms/exam-application-forms/and complete a Bar Exam application.

Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s newly amended rules adopting the Uniform Bar Exam, dated May 3, 2017