Universal Bar Examination (UBE) Score Transfer Guide

New Mexico

Minimum UBE Score


Maximum UBE Score Age

3 years

Jurisdiction-Specific Component

Live course
All Jurisdictions

Admission By UBE Transfer to New Mexico

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.

For more information on the UBE and its components, visit the NCBE's official website: NCBE UBE Overview.

Minimum UBE Score for New Mexico

The State of New Mexico requires a minimum UBE score of 260 for admission by score transfer. This threshold is critical for applicants to meet or exceed to be eligible for consideration.

Further details can be found on the New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners website: Transfer UBE Score - New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners.

Time Limit for UBE Score Transfers

New Mexico mandates that UBE scores must be transferred within 36 months (3 years) from the date of the examination. Scores beyond this period will not be accepted for transfer, necessitating a retake of the UBE for admission to the New Mexico Bar.

For FAQs regarding UBE transfer to New Mexico, visit: FAQ - UBE Transfer - New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners.

Jurisdiction-Specific Component

In addition to transferring a UBE score, New Mexico requires applicants to complete a jurisdiction-specific component known as the New Mexico Law Course. This live course is designed to familiarize applicants with the distinctive aspects of New Mexico law. The completion of this course is a prerequisite for admission to the New Mexico Bar for those transferring their UBE score.

More information on this requirement can be found through the New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners' submission portal: New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners Submission Manager.

Step-by-Step Guide to Transferring Your UBE Score to New Mexico

  1. Verify Your UBE Score: Ensure your UBE score meets or exceeds the minimum requirement of 260 points and that your exam was taken within the last 36 months.
  2. Complete the New Mexico Law Course: Enroll in and complete the jurisdiction-specific New Mexico Law Course to familiarize yourself with the state's legal nuances.
  3. Submit Your Application: Utilize the New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners' Submission Manager to submit your application for UBE score transfer. The application can be found here: UBE Score Transfer Application (2024).
  4. Pay the Application Fee: Be prepared to pay the necessary application fees associated with the UBE score transfer process.
  5. Await Notification: After submitting your application and completing all requirements, await notification from the New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners regarding the status of your admission.

Additional Resources and Readings

  • Rule 15-302 - UBE Score Transfer Method: For a comprehensive understanding of the official rules governing UBE score transfer to New Mexico, refer to Rule 15-302 available at Casetext.
  • Transferring Your UBE Scores - NCBE: For general information on UBE score portability and transfer processes across different jurisdictions, the NCBE provides valuable insights at Transferring Your UBE Scores - NCBE.

Transferring your UBE score to New Mexico is a strategic step for Juris Doctors seeking to practice law in this jurisdiction. For any further queries or assistance, applicants are encouraged to contact the New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners directly through their official website or by utilizing the resources provided throughout this guide.

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