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NEWS ADVISORY

Judicial Branch, State of New Hampshire

CONTACT:
Laura Kiernan
Communications Director
lkiernan@courts.state.nh.us
603-271-2646 ext 2359

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE ADOPTS THE UNIFORM BAR EXAMINATION

CONCORD -- The New Hampshire Supreme Court has formally adopted the "Uniform Bar Examination" (UBE) which will allow successful New Hampshire applicants to gain admission to the bar in 13 other states without the requirement of taking another bar examination. The first administration of the UBE in New Hampshire will be the February 2014 Bar Examination.

Each UBE jurisdiction gives the same exam, which is made up of three components: the Multistate Performance Test, the Multistate Essay Examination, and the Multistate Bar Examination. Thirteen jurisdictions have adopted the UBE as of this date. The UBE jurisdictions are Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Each jurisdiction sets its own time limit for transfer, and establishes other admission requirements.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda Stewart Dalianis said New Hampshire's adoption of the uniform examination will provide law school graduates with more flexibility in finding employment. "This exam retains the same high standards New Hampshire requires for legal practice in our state while also giving new lawyers more options for a job in other states during a tight economy," Dalianis said.

The Uniform Bar Examination in New Hampshire will be administered by the New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners. The essay portions of the UBE will be scored by Board members, who are all New Hampshire attorneys. As with all new attorneys, UBE applicants receiving a passing score will be required to take a two-day practical skills course presented by the New Hampshire Bar Association and they will have to satisfy all existing character and fitness requirements.

New Hampshire will begin to accept motions for admission by transferred UBE score on August 1, 2013. In New Hampshire, the applicant may use the score from a UBE exam that was taken within three years of the date that the motion for admission is filed, or from between three and five years, if the applicant establishes that he or she has been primarily engaged in the active practice of law for at least two years. The passing score in New Hampshire is 270 or greater on a scale of 400.

More information about the UBE, and the UBE jurisdictions is available on the National Conference of Bar Examiners website at  http://ncbex.org/multistate-tests/ube, or from Sherry M. Hieber Esq., Bar Admissions Administrator, at (603) 224-8806 or shieber@nhoba.org.

 

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