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NH Bar Admissions - General Information

Applications for the February 2015 New Hampshire bar examination must be received by the bar admission office, 4 Chenell Drive, Suite 102, Concord, N.H., by Monday, December 1, 2014. The office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 27 and 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

 

New Hampshire Supreme Court Rule 42 governs admission to the New Hampshire bar. It provides four ways for a person to become a member of the bar: (I) by examination; (II) by motion without examination; (III) by transferred Uniform Bar Examination ("UBE") score; and (IV) after completion of the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program. Admissions are also governed by New Hampshire Board Bar Examiner regulations.

I. BY EXAMINATION

The qualifications required for taking the New Hampshire bar examination are set forth in Supreme Court Rule 42 (IV), (V), and (VIII)., Rule 42 (V) includes the requirement that an applicant have completed at least three years of work required for a bachelor's degree at an accredited college, and the requirement that an applicant have graduated from a law school approved by the American Bar Association.

A person seeking admission by bar examination must submit: (1) the Petition and Questionnaire for Admission to the Bar of New Hampshire , and submit all documentation requested in the petition and questionnaire; and (2) the Application for the New Hampshire Bar Examination. Please use the Packet Completion Checklist (Bar Examination) to make sure that your submission is complete. Please note that the application to take the bar examination requires you to provide an NCBE number.  You may obtain this number online at the National Conference of Bar Examiners website at www.ncbex.org/ncbe-number/.

The deadline for applications to take the July bar examination is May 1. The deadline for applications to take the February bar examination is December 1 of the preceding year.

An applicant seeking to take the bar examination must submit one check or money order for $700.00 made payable to the New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners.

Bar examination applicants must successfully complete the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) . Bar examination applicants may take the MPRE either before or after the New Hampshire Bar Examination, but successful completion of the MPRE is a prerequisite to bar admission. For additional information about the application process and the examination itself, see How to Apply For the New Hampshire Bar Examination , and Information About the New Hampshire Bar Examination .

NOTE:  New Hampshire became a Uniform Bar Examination ("UBE") jurisdiction effective August 1, 2013.  An applicant who takes the UBE in any UBE jurisdiction may transfer his or her UBE scores to another UBE jurisdiction.  Each jurisdiction sets its own time limit for transfer, and establishes other admission requirements.  For more information about the UBE, and the UBE jurisdictions, please see the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners.  http://www.ncbex.org/about-ncbe-exams/ube/

II. BY MOTION FOR ADMISSION WITHOUT EXAMINATION

Lawyers admitted to the bar in another state, territory or the District of Columbia may be eligible to apply for admission to the New Hampshire bar without examination. The requirements for admission on motion without examination are set forth in Supreme Court Rule 42(XI), and vary depending upon the state or territory in which the lawyer is practicing. As discussed more fully below, there are specific eligibility requirements applicable to lawyers practicing in Maine and Vermont, and general provisions applicable to lawyers practicing in other reciprocal jurisdictions. An applicant seeking admission on motion should consult the list of Reciprocal Jurisdictions for Admission on Motion to the New Hampshire Bar to determine which jurisdictions have been determined to be reciprocal with New Hampshire.

A. Maine and Vermont Lawyers

The eligibility requirements for admission without examination of lawyers practicing in Maine are set forth in Supreme Court Rule 42(XI)(c) ; the eligibility requirements for admission without examination of lawyers practicing in Vermont are set forth in Supreme Court Rule 42(XI)(b) .

Maine is also considered a reciprocal jurisdiction under the provisions of  Supreme Court Rule 42(XI)(a), which does not include a CLE requirement.  Therefore, Maine attorneys may apply under either Rule 42(XI)(a) or 42(XI)(c). Information regarding applications made pursuant to Rule 42(XI)(a) is set forth below in Section II B.

Please note that Maine and Vermont lawyers seeking admission under Rule 42 (XI)(b) or (c) must complete 15 hours of continuing legal education on New Hampshire practice and procedure before filing a motion for admission. An applicant must file a Certificate of Completion of Continuing Legal Education to establish that the continuing legal education requirement has been met.

Applicants from Maine or Vermont seeking admission on motion pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 42 (XI)(b) or (c) must submit: (1) the Petition and Questionnaire for Admission to the Bar of New Hampshire and submit all documentation requested in the petition and questionnaire; (2) Form B , the Motion For Admission Without Examination, New Hampshire Supreme Court Rule 42 (XI)(b) or (c); and (3) a Certificate of Completion of Continuing Legal Education to establish that the continuing legal education requirement has been met. Please use the Packet Completion Checklist (Vermont or Maine Admission) to make sure that your submission is complete.

Applicants for admission without examination must successfully complete the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) before filing their motions for admission.

The fee for filing a motion for admission without examination is $1,200.00, which must be made payable to the New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners.

Applicants seeking admission to the bar by motion without examination are cautioned that the process of review for such motions by the Committee on Character and Fitness and the Supreme Court may be lengthy.

B.  Lawyers from Other States, Territories and the District of Columbia

The eligibility requirements for admission on motion without examination for lawyers from other states are set forth in Supreme Court Rule 42(XI)(a) . An applicant seeking admission on motion pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 42(XI)(a) should consult the list of Reciprocal Jurisdictions for Admission on Motion to the New Hampshire Bar.

Applicants seeking admission on motion pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 42(XI)(a) must submit: (1) the Petition and Questionnaire for Admission to the Bar of New Hampshire and all documentation requested in the petition and questionnaire; and (2) Form A , the Motion For Admission Without Examination, New Hampshire Supreme Court Rule 42(XI)(a). Please use the Packet Completion Checklist (Admission in Reciprocal Jurisdiction) to make sure that your submission is complete.

Applicants for admission without examination must successfully complete the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) before filing their motions for admission.

The fee for filing a motion for admission without examination is $1,200.00, which must be made payable to the New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners.

Applicants seeking admission to the bar by motion without examination are cautioned that the process of review for such motions by the Committee on Character and Fitness and the Supreme Court may be lengthy.

III. BY MOTION FOR ADMISSION BY TRANSFERRED UBE SCORE

The requirements to be admitted by transferred UBE score are set forth in Supreme Court Rule 42 (X). Applicants who have earned a UBE scaled score of 270 or better on a scale of 400 in an administration of a UBE exam from another jurisdiction are eligible to apply under this rule. The UBE jurisdictions are listed in the following link from the National Conference of Bar Examiners. http://ncbex.org/multistate-tests/ube . The applicant must have earned the UBE score

•  in an administration of the UBE which occurred within three years immediately preceding the date on which the motion for admission by transferred UBE score is filed; or

•  if the score was earned in an administration of the UBE which occurred more than three years, but less than five years prior to the date of filing, the applicant must establish that he or she has been primarily engaged in the active practice of law for at least two years in a jurisdiction in which the applicant was a member in good standing and was authorized to practice law throughout the entire two-year period.

Applicants must also meet the general eligibility requirements of Rule 42 (IV), the educational requirements of Rule 42 (V), and must meet the Character and Fitness requirements of Rule 42 (VI).

Applicants seeking admission by transferred UBE score must submit (1) the Petition and Questionnaire for Admission to the New Hampshire Bar and all documentation requested in the Petition and Questionnaire; (2) Motion Form C; and (3) a UBE Score Transcript through the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Please use the Packet Completion Checklist (Admission by Transferred UBE Score) to make sure that your submission is complete.

Applicants for admission by transferred UBE score must successfully complete the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) before filing their motion for admission.

The fee to apply by motion for admission by transferred UBE Score is $700.00. The check should be made payable to the New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners.

 

IV. DANIEL WEBSTER SCHOLAR HONORS PROGRAM

The Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program is a program of the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord, New Hampshire. It is designed to prepare law school graduates for practice through "practice courses" and evaluations designed to develop and test fundamental skills of legal practice, including communication, negotiation, organization, work management and legal ethics. These courses are required in addition to traditional law school classes in legal principles, reasoning and case law. Students in the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program are required to undergo evaluations periodically throughout the two-year program, and before graduating, are required to undergo a two-day assessment process, consisting of interviews, testing and simulations.

Supreme Court Rule 42(XII) makes graduates of the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program eligible for admission to the New Hampshire bar upon completion of the program without further examination. A Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program graduate must apply for admission within one year of completing the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program.

A person seeking admission to the bar after completion of the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program must submit: (1) the Petition and Questionnaire for Admission to the Bar of New Hampshire , and submit all documentation requested in the petition and questionnaire; and (2) the Application for Admission Pursuant to New Hampshire Supreme Court Rule 42(XII). Please use the Packet Completion Checklist (Daniel Webster Scholars) to make sure that your submission is complete.

The deadline for applications for Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program graduates who seek admission upon graduation is January 15.

A Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program graduate seeking admission to the New Hampshire bar must submit one check or money order for $550.00 made payable to the New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners.

Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program graduates must successfully complete the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) before being admitted to the bar.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

See our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to common questions. If you need additional information, please contact Sherry M. Hieber, General Counsel, at shieber@nhoba.org or by calling (603) 224-8806.

Completed applications to the New Hampshire bar, and the necessary fee, should be sent to:

Sherry M. Hieber
General Counsel
New Hampshire Supreme Court Office of Bar Admissions
4 Chenell Drive, Suite 102
Concord, New Hampshire 03301

Military veterans may be eligible to be reimbursed for fees related to the New Hampshire Bar examination. For information about this benefit, please contact:

James A. Margeson IV
Program Specialist IV-Veteran Education Services
Tel: (603) 271-8508
E-mail: James.MargesonIV@doe.nh.gov

http://www.education.nh.gov/highered/

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