The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is a standardized exam that has been adopted in 40 (and counting) jurisdictions. The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) administers the exam. It has three parts: the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). The Uniform Bar Exam allows you to transfer scores within a certain amount of time from one UBE jurisdiction to another.
Which jurisdictions use the UBE?
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, D.C., Idaho, Illinois, Indiana (starting July 2021), Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma (starting July 2021), Oregon, Pennsylvania (starting July 2022), Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming, and the Virgin Islands.
For the most updated information regarding which jurisdictions have adopted the UBE, check the NCBE’s official map.
The following jurisdictions do NOT use the UBE:
California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, *Hawaii, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, South Dakota, Virginia, *Wisconsin, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Louisiana, and Puerto Rico.
*These jurisdictions are not considered UBE jurisdictions, because part of their bar exam is state specific. However, they do test all parts of the UBE (the MBE, MEE, and MPT) on their bar.