All applicants are responsible for reading and complying with the Maine Bar Admission Rules (MBAR). The following questions and answers are provided for your convenience. Questions are listed in order of the frequency with which they are asked. The index will help you find answers to questions according to specific topics.
As of May 3, 2017, Maine no longer requires reciprocity with other states for Admission by Motion. For more information, see amended Maine Bar Admission Rule 11A, click here
You may download the appropriate Application Procedures, Application Instructions, and Application Form(s) from this web site. If you want the Board to mail you an application, you must first write to the Board and obtain a Request for Application Form. You must then fill out the Request form and mail it back to the Board. Back to Index.
Applications must be received at the Maine Board of Bar Examiners between March 15 and May 20 for the July exam, and between October 15 and December 20 for the February examination. MBAR 5(a)(1)&(2). If the deadline falls on a weekend, application must be received by the Monday thereafter. Back to Index.
If you have been admitted in any jurisdiction for more than one year, the fee is $650.00, plus a fee of $90-$450 (this fee varies, depending upon the NCBE application required), paid directly to NCBE for a separate NCBE application. All other bar exam applicants must pay a total fee of $600.00. MBAR 6(b). If your application is not received by the Board by the deadline, the Board will only accept the application upon payment of a late fee of $150 if the Board receives the application within seven calendar days of the deadline. If the Board receives the application between the seventh and fourteenth calendar days after the deadline, the Board will only accept the application upon payment of a late fee of $300. No applications will be accepted more than fourteen days following the application deadline.
Applications for Admission by UBE Score Transfer pursuant to Maine Bar Admission Rule 11B must be accompanied by a fee of $900.00, plus a fee of $105-$500 (this fee varies, depending upon NCBE the application required), paid directly to NCBE for a separate NCBE application. Please note that all application fees may be paid by personal check, cashier’s check, treasurer’s check, or money order payable to the Board of Bar Examiners. Back to Index.
Applications for Admission by Motion pursuant to Maine Bar Admission Rule 11A must be accompanied by a fee of $900.00, plus a fee of $105-$500 (this fee varies, depending upon NCBE the application required), paid directly to NCBE for a separate NCBE application. Please note that all application fees may be paid by personal check, cashier’s check, treasurer’s check, or money order payable to the Board of Bar Examiners. Back to Index.
All payments must be made by personal check, cashier’s check, certified check, or money order payable to the Board of Bar Examiners. MBAR 6(a)&(c). Payments to NCBE may be made by check or credit card.Back to Index.
Fees are nonrefundable. MBAR 6(d). Back to Index.
If you do not take the examination, the Board will issue a credit for the examination fee paid. The Board will carry this credit for the next four (4) administrations of the examination. Applicants must submit an Application for Reexamination and pay an administrative fee of $100.00 in order to use the credit balance. MBAR Rule 6(d). Back to Index.
The exams are given the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July of each year. MBAR 10(b). Back to Index.
When administered in-person, the Maine Bar Examinations are held at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 363 Maine Mall Road, South Portland, Maine. Rooms for exam applicants can be reserved at a discount. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the July 2021 Maine Bar Examination is being administered remotely.Back to Index.
The Maine bar examination shall be the Uniform Bar Examination prepared by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, which consists of the Multistate Essay Examination, the Multistate Performance Test(s), and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). MBAR 10(c).Back to Index.
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. The total score is 50% MBE scaled score and 50% converted essay score from Day 1. MBAR 10(g)(1). Back to Index.
No. With the adoption of the Uniform Bar Exam in Maine, effective with the July 2017 exam, the Maine Board of Bar Examiners no longer offers any type of modified examinations. Examinees must take the full exam. Back to Index.
No. With the adoption of the Uniform Bar Exam in Maine, effective with the July 2017 exam, the Maine Board of Bar Examiners no longer accepts prior MBE scores. Back to Index.
If you would like a copy of your Maine MBE score, please send us a signed form, indicating the address where you would like the score sent, along with a check or money order for $25.00. There is no fee if you make the request within five months of taking the Maine bar exam. If you are transferring your MBE score to another jurisdiction, the fee is $25. The transfer forms can be found under “Other Forms” on this website.
If you would like a copy of your Maine Uniform Bar Exam score, please request that score from NCBE. If you are transferring your UBE score to another jurisdiction, please make that request to NCBE.
The Board will mail the results directly to you. Results must be mailed within 75 days of the examination. Results will be posted on this website, BY APPLICANT NUMBER, on the day the result letters are mailed. (Applicants receive this number on the day of the exam and are advised to keep the number until results are posted, as applicant numbers will not be given out by phone or email.) Results will be posted BY NAME approximately three days after results are mailed. MBAR 10(h). Back to Index.
Yes. You must reapply by filing an Application for Reexamination. The Board does not automatically transfer all application materials from one examination to another, though school certificates, MPRE scores, and MBE scores are kept on file. Back to Index.
Yes. The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is given through the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Call them directly at (319) 337-1287 or visit their website at www.ncbex.org. Maine requires this examination of every attorney who is admitted to Maine after 1987. The minimum required score on the MPRE is a scaled score of 80.
Under Maine Bar Admission Rule 11, bar exam applicants must have taken and obtained a passing score on the MPRE within 15 years prior to the date on which the application is filed. MBAR 11(d). Applicants for Admission by Motion must either have taken and obtained a passing score on the MPRE within 15 years prior to the date of application to Maine, or (2) if relying on an older score, demonstrate that applicant in the past was admitted to practice law in another U.S. jurisdiction that, at the time of admission, that jurisdiction required a passing score on the MPRE that was equal to or greater than the passing score in Maine. MBAR 11(e). Applicants for Admission by Transferred UBE score must have taken and obtained a passing score on the MPRE within 15 years prior to the date on which the application is filed. MBAR 11(f). Back to Index.
The Board no longer makes copies of essay questions and representative answers available for sale, now that it no longer gives Maine essay questions. You may request copies of past MEE and MPT questions from NCBE. Back to Index.
The Board makes no recommendations regarding bar review courses. Back to Index.
No smoking will be allowed during the 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. Back to Index.
Please refer to the Regulations for Determining the Equivalency of Foreign Legal Education on this web site. The Board handles these determinations on a case-by-case basis. Please note that Maine Bar Admission Rule 10(c)(4) requires that applicants who graduate from a foreign law school with a legal education that, in the Board’s opinion pursuant to regulations adopted by the Board, is equivalent to that provided in those law schools accredited by the ABA, must have been admitted to practice in that country or by examination in one or more jurisdictions within the United States AND has been in active practice in a jurisdiction in which applicant is licensed for at least three years before they are eligible to sit for the Maine bar. MBAR 10(c)(4). Back to Index.
Maine Bar Admission Rule 10(c)(3) requires that applicants who graduate from a non-ABA accredited program must be admitted and practice in a jurisdiction for three years before they are eligible to sit for the Maine bar. MBAR 10(c)(3). Graduates of the Massachusetts School of Law are eligible to sit for the Maine bar exam if they have been admitted in Massachusetts and file a certificate of good standing with the Board. Back to Index.
You may download forms for requesting testing accommodations directly from this web site. Click Testing Accommodations Application Forms. The Board’s policy regarding testing accommodation requests is also posted in this web site. The Board handles each request for such accommodations on a case-by-case basis. Back to Index.
Yes, the request must be in writing. The applicant should state for which exam they sat and enclose a money order in the amount of $25.00. Applications are not, however, kept indefinitely. Generally, applications more than ten years old are destroyed. Back to Index.