Universal Bar Examination (UBE) Score Transfer Guide


Minimum UBE Score


Maximum UBE Score Age

4 years

Jurisdiction-Specific Component

All Jurisdictions

Admission By UBE Transfer to Illinois

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.

Transferring a UBE score means that you are seeking admission to the bar in a jurisdiction other than where you initially took the exam, based on the score you received. This process is governed by the rules of the receiving jurisdiction, which in this case is Illinois.

Minimum UBE Score in Illinois

According to the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar, the minimum UBE score required for admission by transfer in Illinois is 266 out of 400. This threshold is crucial; scores below this minimum will not be considered for transfer under any circumstances.

Time Limit for UBE Score Transfers

Illinois imposes a strict time limit for the transfer of UBE scores. As per Ill. Sup. Ct. R. 704A, candidates must apply for admission by transferred UBE score within four years from the date of the examination in which the score was earned, depending on the source of information. It is imperative that candidates ensure their application falls within this timeframe to be eligible for consideration.

The Transfer Process Step by Step

  1. Verify Your UBE Score: Ensure that your UBE score meets or exceeds the minimum requirement of 266 for Illinois.
  2. Check Your Timing: Confirm that your score is still valid for transfer, i.e., no more than three years have elapsed since you took the exam.
  3. Complete the Jurisdiction-Specific Educational Component: Register for and complete the required Illinois-specific law course as stipulated by the Illinois Supreme Court.
  4. Submit Your Application: Apply for admission by transferred UBE score through the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar’s website. Ensure all required documentation is accurately completed and submitted within the specified deadlines.
  5. Character and Fitness Evaluation: Be prepared to undergo a thorough character and fitness evaluation as part of the application process.
  6. Await Admission: Upon successful completion of all requirements and approval of your application, you will be admitted to practice law in Illinois.

Additional Resources

Transferring your UBE score to Illinois requires careful planning and adherence to specific requirements. By understanding the minimum score needed, the time limit for transfers, and completing the jurisdiction-specific component, Juris Doctors can navigate the transfer process more effectively. Always refer to the official Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar website and the NCBE for the most current information and guidance.

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