Universal Bar Examination (UBE) Score Transfer Guide

Virgin Islands

Minimum UBE Score


Maximum UBE Score Age

3 years

Jurisdiction-Specific Component

Online open-book multiple-choice test
All Jurisdictions

Admission By UBE Transfer to the Virgin Islands

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 the Virgin Islands

The U.S. Virgin Islands require a minimum UBE score of 266 for transferring candidates. According to the NCBE and the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands, candidates must achieve a specific score threshold to be eligible for admission by UBE score transfer.

For the most current and accurate score requirement, refer to the Virgin Islands section on the NCBE website (NCBE Virgin Islands) and the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands' official guidelines (Supreme Court of the US Virgin Islands).

Time Limit for UBE Score Transfers

The U.S. Virgin Islands impose a three year time limit within which a UBE score must be transferred for it to be considered valid. This time frame is crucial for candidates to understand to ensure their scores remain eligible for transfer. Detailed information on the maximum time allowed before a UBE score becomes non-transferable can be found in the official documentation provided by the judiciary of the Virgin Islands (Regular Admissions - Judiciary of the US Virgin Islands) and in the specific rules regarding admission by UBE transfer (PDF Rule 204. Regular Admission).

Jurisdiction-Specific Component

In addition to meeting the UBE score and time limit requirements, candidates seeking admission in the Virgin Islands must complete an online open-book multiple-choice test for the jurisdiction-specific component known as the Virgin Islands Law Component (VILC). This requirement is designed to ensure that all attorneys practicing in the Virgin Islands are familiar with the unique aspects of Virgin Islands law.

Virgin Islands Law Component (VILC)

The VILC is an essential part of the admission process for candidates transferring their UBE scores to the Virgin Islands. It covers specific legal principles and regulations unique to the Virgin Islands, ensuring that attorneys have the necessary local legal knowledge to practice effectively within the jurisdiction.

For detailed information on the content, format, and how to register for the VILC, candidates should consult the official Virgin Islands courts website (Virgin Islands Law Component). This resource provides comprehensive guidance on the VILC, including study materials, examination schedules, and registration procedures.

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