Universal Bar Examination (UBE) Score Transfer Guide


Minimum UBE Score


Maximum UBE Score Age

30 months

Jurisdiction-Specific Component

All Jurisdictions

Admission By UBE Transfer to Pennsylvania

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.

Pennsylvania's Requirements for UBE Score Transfer

Minimum UBE Score

Pennsylvania requires a minimum UBE score of 270 for admission by score transfer. This threshold is critical for applicants to meet or exceed to be considered for admission to the Pennsylvania Bar.

Time Limit for Transfers

The Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners stipulates that UBE scores must be transferred within thirty months from the date of the examination. Scores beyond this period are considered stale and not acceptable for transfer purposes.

Step-by-Step Guide to Transferring Your UBE Score to Pennsylvania

  1. Verification of Eligibility: Ensure your UBE score meets or exceeds the minimum required score of 270 and that your score is within the thirty month validity period.
  2. Completion of the Jurisdiction-Specific Component: Obtain details about the jurisdiction-specific component required by Pennsylvania and complete it as instructed.
  3. Application for Admission: Complete the application for admission by score transfer, available on the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners' website (https://www.pabarexam.org).
  4. Submission of UBE Score: Request an official UBE score transfer from the NCBE directly to the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners. This can be done through the NCBE’s website (https://www.ncbex.org).
  5. Compliance with Character and Fitness Requirements: Complete any additional character and fitness requirements as outlined by the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners.
  6. Payment of Fees: Ensure all applicable fees are paid in full as part of your application process.

Additional resources

  • Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners: For comprehensive information on admission by UBE score transfer, visit https://www.pabarexam.org.
  • NCBE: For details on the UBE, score portability, and to request score transfers, visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners' website at https://www.ncbex.org.
  • Pennsylvania Code: For legal specifics on rule 206 regarding admission by bar examination score transfer, consult https://www.pacodeandbulletin.gov.

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