Universal Bar Examination (UBE) Score Transfer Guide

District of Columbia

Minimum UBE Score


Maximum UBE Score Age

3 years

Jurisdiction-Specific Component

All Jurisdictions

Admission By UBE Transfer to the District of Columbia (D.C.)

Understanding the UBE

The Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) is a standardized bar examination designed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). It is composed of three parts: the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). The UBE is administered over two days and is designed to test knowledge and skills that every lawyer should have before becoming licensed to practice law. The UBE score is portable, meaning it can be transferred to other UBE jurisdictions, subject to each jurisdiction's specific rules and requirements.

Minimum UBE Score Accepted in D.C.

The District of Columbia Bar accepts a minimum UBE score of 266 for admission. This threshold is consistent with several other jurisdictions but is important to verify as requirements can change. Prospective applicants should always check the latest information on the D.C. Bar Admissions website or consult the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) for the most current standards.

Time Limit for UBE Score Transfers

Understanding the time frame within which you must transfer your UBE score is crucial. In D.C., the score remains valid for transfer for a period of three years from the date of the examination. This means applicants must initiate the score transfer process within this timeframe to be eligible for admission based on their UBE score. It's a generous window that accommodates various career paths and life events that might delay immediate bar admission.

Jurisdiction-Specific Component

In addition to meeting the UBE score requirement and adhering to the time limit for score transfer, D.C. mandates the completion of a jurisdiction-specific component. This requirement is designed to ensure that incoming attorneys are familiar with the unique aspects of practicing law in D.C. The specific component involves an online course that covers topics relevant to D.C. law and practice. Completion of this course is a prerequisite for admission to the D.C. Bar for those transferring their UBE scores.

How to Transfer Your UBE Score to D.C.

Transferring your UBE score to D.C. involves several steps, starting with ensuring you meet the minimum score requirement and have taken the UBE within the allowable timeframe. Here's a step-by-step guide to the process:

  1. Verification of Eligibility: Confirm that your UBE score meets or exceeds the minimum required by D.C. and that your score is still within the valid transfer period.
  2. Completion of the Jurisdiction-Specific Component: Enroll in and complete the mandatory online course specific to D.C. law and practice.
  3. Submission of Application: Complete the application for admission to the D.C. Bar by transferred UBE score. The application can be found on the D.C. Bar Admissions website. Ensure all required documentation is included and that the application is thoroughly completed to avoid delays.
  4. Character and Fitness Review: Like all jurisdictions, D.C. conducts a character and fitness review of all applicants. This process is critical and can be time-consuming, so it's advisable to begin as soon as possible.
  5. Final Steps: After completing the above steps, monitor your application status through the D.C. Bar Admissions website and respond promptly to any requests for additional information.

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