Maryland Bar Exam (UBE) details
A typical Maryland Bar Exam is a 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)
Maryland Bar Exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with the Maryland Board of Law Examiners.
You may also reference the NCBE July 2020 bar exam jurisdiction information page.
- Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test questions (MPT in the AM)
- Six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam questions (MEE in the PM)
- Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM)
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law/Procedure
- Federal Civil Procedure
- Real Property
- Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations; and Limited Liability Companies)
- Conflict of Laws
- Family Law
- Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests)
- Article 9 (Secured Transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code
- Plus all MBE subjects
- “Closed universe” practical questions using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.
- A scaled score of 85 on the MPRE is required for admission.
The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE.
- MBE weighted 50%
- MEE weighted 30%
- MPT weighted 20%
The scores are combined to determine if the applicant has achieved a passing score of 266.
Admission Without Examination (OSA)
Experienced attorneys licensed to practice in another U.S. jurisdiction may be eligible for admission to the Bar of Maryland without examination.
To be eligible for admission without examination, the petitioner must establish:
- Current admission in good standing to the bar of a state (defined as a U.S. state, territory or possession, or the District of Columbia)
- Have passed the bar examination in a state or have been admitted by diploma privilege after graduating from an ABA law school
- Have accumulated the professional experience required by working for three of the most recent five years or for more than 10 years overall
- Good moral character and fitness for the practice of law in Maryland
The applicant must also have passed the MPRE and meet other admission requirements. Contact Maryland Board of Law Examiners for complete information.
UBE Score Transfer
Maryland accepts transfers of qualifying UBE scores from applicants who achieved those scores in other UBE states.
To be eligible for admission via the UBE, the applicant shall have:
- Completed the pre-legal education necessary to be admitted to an ABA-approved law school
- Graduated with a JD or equivalent from an ABA-approved law school
- Achieved qualifying UBE and MPRE scores and meet other admission requirements
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