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State Bar Exam Information: Louisiana-Ohio

This guide is to serve as a directory, containing information regarding the State Bar Examination of each state.

Louisiana

Louisiana Committee on Bar Admissions
2800 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Suite 310
Metairie, LA 70002
504-836-2420, 800-314-1530
www.lascba.org ;  http://www.lasc.org/

The February, 2020 was administered  Monday 02/17, Wednesday 02/19, and Friday, 02/21/2020.  

July, 2020 Update - COVID-19 

Check the Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions web site for updates:  https://www.lascba.org/news.aspx#july20Format

 

Most recent Update  --  June 3, 2020 Release

 Contact: Trina S. Vincent

(504) 310-2590

June 3, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE LOUISIANA SUPREME COURT AND THE LOUISIANA SUPREME COURT COMMITTEE ON BAR ADMISSIONS ANNOUNCE ONLINE BAR EXAMINATION OPTION

The Louisiana Supreme Court (the “Court”) and the Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions (the “LASCBA”) jointly announce the addition of an option to take the July, 2020 and October, 2020 bar examination online. All other details regarding the administration of the July, 2020 and October, 2020 examinations remain unchanged.

In addition to the in-person cities announced on May 8, 2020, the bar examination can now also be taken online from any location within the United States, in an effort to provide an additional option for applicants who, due to health or other concerns, prefer to sit for the examination in a remote location.

The application deadline for both the July, 2020 and October, 2020 examinations closed on May 30 and will not be reopened to new applicants at this time. Within the next few days, staff of the LASCBA will be contacting existing applicants to inquire as to whether they wish to change their selection from an in-person location to the remote option.

Because the administration of the remote examination requires the hiring and training of more proctors than the in-person administration, there may be a need to limit the number of remote takers. The previously-announced priority schedule will apply to the selection of the remote option: (1) first-time test-takers, prioritized by the date application and fees were received by LASCBA, and (2) repeat takers, prioritized by the date application and fees were received by LASCBA.

Applicants are expected to check the LASCBA’s website regularly for additional announcements regarding this matter.

REMINDER FOR ALL MEDIA:

In response to the public health emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Louisiana Supreme Court is posting Orders and information from Louisiana’s courts on its website, www.lasc.org and www.lasc.org/COVID19. We ask and encourage all who are seeking information on Louisiana courts and the COVID-19 pandemic to visit the Supreme Court’s website for information.

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May 13, 2020

Scope Descriptions of the Louisiana Bar Examination for July 2020 and October 2020

Download Announcement (PDF)

May 8, 2020

July 2020 Bar Examination  

On May 8, 2020 The Louisiana Supreme Court and Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions announced changes to the July 2020 Louisiana Bar Examination:

The Louisiana Supreme Court (the “Court”) and the Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions (the “LASCBA”) jointly announce that the 3-day bar examination previously scheduled for July 20, 22 and 24, 2020 has been cancelled.

The LASCBA will now administer a one-day bar examination on two dates: July 27, 2020 and October 10, 2020.

The one-day examination will be administered in the following four (4) cities in Louisiana on each date:

  • New Orleans,   Baton Rouge,   Lake Charles,   Shreveport

Seating capacity may be limited to ensure compliance with all available public health guidelines in place at the time of the administration of each exam. Applicants will be given a choice as to their preferred date and location on the following priority schedule: (1) first-time test-takers, prioritized by the date application and fees were received by LASCBA, and (2) repeat takers, prioritized by the date application and fees were received by LASCBA.

The scope of the examination will also be reduced in light of the shortened testing time, and will be announced on the LASCBA’s website by Friday, May 15, 2020. This one-day, limited scope examination format will be used only for the July 27, 2020 and October 10, 2020 administrations.

The application deadline for the one-day examinations to be held on July 27, 2020 and October 10, 2020 is May 30, 2020. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible. If seating remains available for the October 10, 2020 administration after the May 30, 2020 deadline, the Court and the LASCBA may announce an additional registration period for the October exam.

The LASCBA recognizes the enormous challenges in which we are all currently operating. The LASCBA is continually monitoring all public health information, government requirements and recommendations, and will implement all required protocols for the safe administration of the exam for all involved, including applicants, administrators and proctors. Applicants will be provided with information regarding required protocols in advance of each examination.

The LASCBA’s plan to proceed with a one-day examination in July and October is based on currently available public health information. As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, that information may change and the Court and the LASCBA may consider other options, including cancelling either exam. Applicants are expected to check the LASCBA’s website regularly for additional announcements regarding this matter.  Download Press Release (PDF)

 

February, 2021

Monday 02/08, Wednesday 02/10 , and Friday 02/12, 2021

Check:   Deadline Date;  Late filing Deadlines;  Re-application Deadline - www.lascba.org

 * All fees are non-refundable except that a member of the military who is called to service after submitting fees may request a refund.

Law Student Registrant – Law Student Registration - 2nd Year of Law School  ($125)

Every prospective applicant for admission to the Louisiana Bar enrolled in law school in this state are required to participate in the Law Student Registration Program (LSR) in the fall of the second year of law school.  At the same time, Louisiana law students must request the preparation of a character report from the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE).

Failure of Louisiana law students to complete Law Student Registration on time will result in a $300 fee, and the application will be processed by LASCBA and the NCBE as a First Time Applicant (FTA).

Please note that a supplemental 'Request for Preparation of a Character Report' with the NCBE and a Bar Examination Application is required to sit for the bar examination.

Exam components: 3-day state essay exam, no MBE;  The Louisiana Bar Exam is a three-day exam including nine separate essay exams over Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Five code essay exams test on the Louisiana Civil Code and the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure. The Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) is not used.


MPRE: Scaled score of 80 required.

Maine

Maine Board of Bar Examiners
P.O. Box 140
Augusta, ME 04332
207-622-0059
execdir@mainebarexaminers.org  ;  www.mainebarexaminers.org

Dates and location:  Two day exam administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July in Portland, ME.

2020    February 25 – 26, 2020  ;  July 28-29, 2020  ;  February 23-24, 2021

Notice of Exam:

Pursuant to Maine Bar Admission Rule 10(c)(1), the Maine Board of Bar Examiners announces that the July 2020 Bar Examination will be held on July 28 and 29, 2020, at The DoubleTree by Hilton, 363 Maine Mall Road, South Portland. Check-in time will begin at 8:30 a.m. on both days.

Deadline and fees:    See website for details.

Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s newly amended rules adopting the Uniform Bar Exam. 

Exam components: 2-day exam: 1 day of state essays and MPT, 1 day MBE.


MPRE: Scaled score of 80 required.

Maryland

State Board of Law Examiners
2011-F Commerce Park Drive
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-260-3640
www.mdcourts.gov

Dates and location:  Two day exam administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July in Baltimore, MD.

2020   February 25 – 26, 2020  ;  July 28-29, 2020  ; 

2021   February 23-24, 2021

Applicants requiring test accommodations under the ADA will be tested at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute of Technology (“CCMIT”)** on schedules that may vary by individual accommodation.  (**Expected location.)

 

Deadline and fees:   See website for details.  Selection Board of Bar Examiners

Exam components: 2-day exam: 1 day of state essays and 1 MPT, 1 day MBE.

MPRE: Not required.

Massachusetts

Board of Bar Examiners
Suffolk County Courthouse
3 Pemberton Square, Suite 114
Boston, MA 02108
617-482-4466
www.mass.gov/bbe

Dates and locations:  Two day exam administered on the last Wednesday and Thursday in February and July in Boston and Springfield, MA.

Exam Locations:  Boston: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston, MA 02110 ; Springfield: Western New England University School of Law 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA 01119

The Petition for Admission by Examination for the February Massachusetts bar exam will be available in the fall of 2017.  The filing deadline will be announced at that time. 

For more information, see  Massachusetts Bar Admission FAQs

2020 Exam Dates      February 2020 February 26-27, 2020  ;  July 29-30, 2020  ;  2021 February 24-25, 2021
 

Uniform Bar Exam Locations:

     Boston: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC);  Springfield: Western New England University School of Law

Massachusetts Policies, Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) beginning July 1, 2018
First UBE Administration is July 2018.
  • Minimum passing UBE score will be 270 or higher.
  • Date Massachusetts will begin accepting transferred-in UBE scores will be July 1, 2018.
  • Maximum age of acceptable UBE transfer scores is 36 months.
  • Massachusetts Law Component Requirement Effective March 1, 2018.
  • Massachusetts Law Component Requirement Applicable to all Petitioners for Admission to the Massachusetts bar.
Deadline fees: Deadline to be determined.  Approx. 75 days before exam, $815 exam fee. No late applications accepted.  See website for details.

 Exam components: 2-day exam: 1 day MBE, 1 day of essays.

MPRE: Scaled score of 85 required.

Michigan

Board of Law Examiners
Michigan Hall of Justice
P.O. Box 30052
Lansing, MI 48909
517-373-4453
courts.mi.gov ; http://courts.mi.gov/courts/michigansupremecourt/ble/pages/admission-to-the-bar.aspx

Dates and location:  Two day exam administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July in East Lansing, MI. 

2020   February 25 – 26, 2020  ;  July 28-29, 2020  ; 

2021   February 23-24, 2021

Deadline and fees:

Bar application instructions and forms are available on the State Bar of Michigan website. Go there now.

  • Deadlines for filing and detailed requirements are set forth in Rule 2.

Exam components: 2-day exam: 1 day of state essays, 1 day MBE.

MPRE: Scaled score of 85 required.

Minnesota

Board of Law Examiners
180 E. Fifth Street, Suite 950
St. Paul, MN 55101
651-297-1857
www.ble.state.mn.us

Dates and location:   Two day exam administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday February and July in St. Paul, MN. 

2020   February 25 – 26, 2020  ;  July 28-29, 2020  ; 

2021   February 23-24, 2021

Deadline and fees:   See the Minnesota Bar Examiners web site for current information and details.

Exam components:  Tuesday morning: 2 MPT Questions; afternoon 6 MEE Questions; Wednesday morning: 100 MBE Questions; afternoon 100 MBE Questions.

MPRE: Scaled score of 85 required.

Mississippi

Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions
New Gartin Justice Building
450 High Street, Suite 2027
Jackson, MS 39201
601-576-4620
www.courts.ms.gov/baradmissions

Dates and location:  Two day exam administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July in Jackson, MS.

2020   February 25 – 26, 2020  ;  July 28-29, 2020  ; 

2021   February 23-24, 2021

Deadline and fees:   Current Deadlines and Fee available on the MS Website.

Exam components: 2-day exam: 1 day of state essays, MPT, and MEE, 1 day MBE.

MPRE: Scaled score of 75 required.

Bar Admissions Ceremony
Agenda for all Ceremonies:
Registration for New Admittees: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.  ;  Ceremony: 3:00 p.m.
 2019-2020
The 2019 Fall Bar Admissions Ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2019, at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson.
The 2020 Spring Bar Admissions Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2020, at the Supreme Court Building in Jackson. 
2020-2021
The 2020 Fall Bar Admissions Ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 1, 2020, at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson.
The 2021 Spring Bar Admissions Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2021, at the Supreme Court Building in Jackson.

Missouri

Missouri Board of Law Examiners
P.O. Box 104236
Jefferson City, MO 65110
573-751-9814
www.mble.org

Dates and location:  Two day exam administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July in Jefferson City, MO.

2020   February 25 – 26, 2020  ;  July 28-29, 2020  ; 

2021   February 23-24, 2021

Deadline and fees:   Missouri does not have a mandatory law student registration. See website for fee categories at https://www.mble.org/fee-schedule.

Exam components: 2-day exam: 1 day MPT and MEE, 1 day MBE.

MPRE: Scaled score of 80 required.

Montana

State Bar of Montana
7 West 6th Avenue, Suite 2B
P.O. Box 577
Helena, MT 59624
406-442-7763
www.montanabar.org

Dates and location:  Two day exam administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July in Missoula, MT.

2020   February 25 – 26, 2020  ;  July 28-29, 2020  ; 

2021   February 23-24, 2021

Deadline and fees:  Applications must be submitted by October 1 for the February exam and March 15 for the July exam. A late applicant must petition the Montana Supreme Court for permission to submit a late application, and there is a $100 penalty if the Court grants permission. Bar Exam Fees: Application Fee for General Applicants (non-Attorneys): $150.; Application Fee for Attorney Applicants: $400; Uniform Bar Exam Fee (applies to all applicants): $300.  Information updates:  http://montanabar.site-ym.com/?page=215AppInfo

Exam components: 2-day exam: 1 day MEE and MPT, 1 day MBE. See website for details.

MPRE: Scaled score of 80 required.

Nebraska

Director of Admissions
Nebraska State Bar Commission of the Nebraska Supreme Court
3806 Normal Blvd.
Lincoln, Nebraska 68506-5241
Telephone: (402) 471-3091
https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/ 

The Nebraska Supreme Court (Court) exercises jurisdiction over admission to the practice of law in the state of Nebraska. The Court established the Nebraska State Bar Commission (Commission) to review all applicants and make recommendations to the Court for admission. The Commission oversees the administration of the Uniform Bar Exam (“UBE”) in Nebraska twice yearly for admission by examination. Applicants may apply for admission on motion if already licensed in another state or by UBE score transfer.  The online application for admission to the practice of law in Nebraska may be accessed at this website listed.

Dates and location:   Two day exam administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July in Lincoln, NE

2020   February 25 – 26, 2020  ;  July 28-29, 2020  ; 

2021   February 23-24, 2021

Deadlines    
  File no earlier than File no later than
July Exam February 1 April 1
February Exam September 1 November 1

Exam components:  2-day exam: ½ day MEE and ½ day MPT, 1 day MBE.

MPRE: Scaled score of 85 required.

Nevada

Director of Admissions

State Bar of Nevada

3100 W. Charleston Blvd.

Suite 100

Las Vegas, NV 89102

www.nvbar.org

Dates and locations:   Two and 1/2 day exam administered in February and July:  February bar exam is given in Las Vegas the last Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of February;  July bar exam is given in Reno and Las Vegas simultaneously the last Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Mandatory registration is held on the preceding Monday.  Information on fees and deadlines:  http://www.nvbar.org/content/admissions/

2020   February 25 – 27, 2020  ;  July 28-30, 2020  ; 

2021   February 23-25, 2021

Deadline and fees:  Submission Dates: Applications must be submitted by October 1 for the February exam and March 1 for the July exam. Late applications are permitted with additional fees until December 1 for the February exam and May 1 for the July exam.

Exam components: 2½-day exam: 1½ days of state essays and MPT, 1 day MBE.

MPRE: Scaled score of 85 required.

New Hampshire

Bar Admissions Administrator
New Hampshire Office of Bar Admissions
4 Chenell Drive, Suite 102
Concord, NH 03301
603-224-8806, 603-224-8728 (fax)
www.courts.state.nh.us/nhbar/index.htm

Dates and location:   Two day exam administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July in Concord, NH.

2020   February 25 – 26, 2020  ;  July 28-29, 2020  ; 

2021   February 23-24, 2021

Deadline and fees:  The deadline for applications to take the July bar examination is May 1. The deadline for applications to take the February bar examination is December 1 of the preceding year. No extensions. Fee subject to change. No late applications accepted.

Effective June 2, 2015, the fees for application to the bar have changed. They are now as follows:
Motion applicants: $1225.00;  Bar Exam: $725.00;  UBE applicants: $725.00;  DWS applicants: $725.00

Exam components: 2-day exam: 1 day MBE, 1 day MPT and MEE. See website for details.

MPRE: Scaled score of 79 required.

New Jersey

Board of Bar Examiners
P.O. Box 973
Trenton, NJ 08625
609-984-2111
www.njbarexams.org

Dates and location:  Two day exam administered on the last Wednesday and Thursday in February and July in several locations.   The examiners have adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (“UBE”).

2020    February 26 – 27, 2020  ;   July 29-30, 2020  ;  2021   February 24-25, 2021

Deadline and fees:   For most recent information use the live links.  Current  fee, deadline, rules see https://www.njbarexams.org/home

Each candidate must either pay by credit card or include a non-refundable cashier's check or money order with his or her application for admission to the bar examination. The cashier's check or money order is to be made payable to the Secretary, Board of Bar Examiners. Personal checks or cash are not accepted. Applications received without payment (either attached to the application or online if paid by credit card) will be considered late. The applicant may be required to petition the Court and/or pay a late fee. Application fees are non-refundable.

Exam components: 2-day exam: 1 day MBE, 1 day of essays.

MPRE: Scaled score of 75 required.

New Mexico

Board of Bar Examiners
9420 Indian School Road N.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87112
505-271-9706
info@nmexam.org
www.nmexam.org

Dates and location:  Two day exam administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July in Albuquerque, NM.   The examiners have adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (“UBE”).

2020   February 25 – 26, 2020  ;  July 28-29, 2020  ; 

2021   February 23-24, 2021

Timely Receipt Deadline and Filing Fees:  See live link for most recent information.

Exam components: 2-day exam: ½ day MPT and ½ day of essays, 1 day MBE.

MPRE: Scaled score of 80 required.

New York

THe New York State Board of Law Examiners
Corporate Plaza, Building 3
254 Washington Avenue Extension
Albany, NY 12203
518-453-5990
www.nybarexam.org

Dates and locations:  Two day exam administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July in Albany County, Buffalo, New York City, and White Plains.

2020   February 25 – 26, 2020  ;  July 28-29, 2020  ; 

2021   February 23-24, 2021

Deadline and fees:  February Exam:  November 1 – November 30;  July Exam:   April 1 – April 30.  There Is No Provision for Late Filing.  Exam fee: $250 (foreign trained applicants: $750). Further information online at www.nybarexam.org

Exam components:  2-day exam: 1 day of 5-state essays, 50-state multiple choice, and 1 MPT, 1 day MBE.

MPRE:  Scaled score of 85 required within three years of passing the bar (either prior to or after passing).

North Carolina

North Carolina Board of Bar Examiners
5510 Six Forks Roads, Suite 300
Raleigh, NC 27609
(919) 848-4229   www.ncble.org

Dates and location:   Two day exam administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July in Raleigh, NC.  The North Carolina State Fairgrounds and the Jane S. McKimmon Center at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

2020   February 25 – 26, 2020  ;  July 28-29, 2020  ; 

2021   February 23-24, 2021

 

Deadline and fees:  Deadlines  Most current information www.ncble.org

Exam components: 2-day exam: 1 day of state essays, 1 day MBE.

MPRE: Scaled score of 80 required.

North Dakota

State Board of Law Examiners
Judicial Wing, First Floor
600 E. Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505
701-328-4201
www.ndcourts.gov/court/committees/barbd/information.htm

Dates and location:  Two day exam administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July in Bismarck, ND.

Exam Dates and Location:

2020   February 25 – 26, 2020  ;  July 28-29, 2020  ; 

2021   February 23-24, 2021

Deadline and fees:  Exam fees include the $150 exam fee; a late exam filing fee, if applicable, and a background investigation fee. * Information and fee rates subject to change.

Exam components: 2-day exam: ½ day MPT and ½ day MEE, 1 day MBE.

MPRE: Scaled score of 85 required.

Ohio

Bar Admissions Office
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 S. Front Street, Fifth Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-387-9340
www.supremecourt.ohio.gov 

Dates and location:   Two and 1/2 day exam administered on the last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in February and July in Columbus, OH.

2020   February 25 – 27, 2020  ;  July 28-30, 2020  ; 

2021   February 23-25, 2021

Deadline and fees:  For Bar exam application due dates and fee schedule See Admissions Fund Fee Schedule:  See live link.

Exam components: 2½-day exam: 1 day of essays and MPT, 1 day MBE, ½ day of essays.

MPRE: Scaled score of 85 required.




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