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Connecticut Bar Examining Committee
Frequently Asked Questions
about Admission to the Connecticut bar by UBE Score Transfer

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Admission by UBE Score Transfer
  1. What is the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE)?
  2. List of approved law schools
  3. UBE Score Requirement and Filing Deadline
  4. Transferring a UBE Score
  5. What happens after I complete my application?
  6. Special note to applicants who intend to file a concurrent UBE application
  7. Frequently Asked Questions by New Admittee
  8. Copy of your filed application
  9. Fees
 


1. What is the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE)?
The Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) is composed of two Multistate Performance Test (MPT) tasks, the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), all of which are produced by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). The UBE is uniformly administered, graded, and scored by user jurisdictions and results in a portable score that can be transferred to other UBE jurisdictions.  Information on the UBE.

2. Where can I get a list of approved law schools?
All law schools approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) are also approved by the Bar Examining Committee. Also approved by the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee is the Massachusetts School of Law.

3. What is the UBE score requirement and filing deadline?
Applicants who have attained a score of 266 or higher on the UBE taken in any jurisdiction: An application for admission by UBE score transfer must be filed within 3 years after attaining a total scaled score of 266 or higher on the UBE taken in another jurisdiction. A score is considered to have been attained on the date of the administration of the UBE that resulted in the score. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that his or her qualifying UBE score is transferred to the administrative director by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE).

Applicants who have filed an application to take the UBE in another jurisdiction, but who have not yet received the results of that examination: Applications for admission by transfer of a UBE score may be filed any time after an application to sit for the UBE in another jurisdiction has been filed with that jurisdiction. Any such concurrent application for admission by transfer of a UBE score must include a copy of the application filed in the other UBE jurisdiction in which the applicant will take the UBE. Failure to include such application will result in the CT application being returned to the applicant. UBE scores for such concurrent applications must be transferred to the administrative office no later than 31 December for a July exam and no later than 30 June for a February exam. Failure to transfer a qualifying score by the deadline will result in the application being deemed withdrawn. Should an application be deemed withdrawn and the applicant wishes to seek admission in CT, he or she would be required to file a new application. As there are no exceptions or extensions available with respect to the deadline to receive a qualifying UBE score, applicants who are considering filing a concurrent application are advised to contact the administrative office with any questions he or she may have prior to filing such an application.

Article III-1 of the CBEC Regulations defines "filed" as the date the application is RECEIVED (not the date it is postmarked) with the correct fee ($750.00 in the proper form (CERTIFIED CHECK OR MONEY ORDER ONLY).
Applications cannot be filed on-line or via fax or via e-mail. If you would like a receipt indicating that you have met the filing deadline, include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with your application.

4. How do I transfer my UBE score?
NCBE performs UBE score transfers for all UBE jurisdictions. The Committee only accepts UBE official score transcripts sent by NCBE directly. Score transcripts received from applicants will not be accepted.

5. What happens after I complete my application?
Completing the application for admission by UBE score transfer is only one step in the admission process and does not automatically entitle the candidate to practice law in Connecticut. The Committee begins the review of a candidate’s character and fitness immediately upon the filing of the application for admission to the bar. However, the Committee will usually only conduct a hearing after the candidate’s file is complete. While the Committee attempts to have all eligible candidates admitted soon after completion of each candidate’s application, a candidate whose application presents complex or unresolved issues of character and/or fitness will not be admitted until such issues have been resolved to the Committee’s satisfaction. On occasion, disclosures in a candidate’s file will necessitate review of medical documentation.
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6. Special note to applicants who intend to file a concurrent UBE application.
Concurrent applications for admission by transfer of a UBE score may be filed any time after an application to sit for the UBE in another jurisdiction has been filed with that jurisdiction. Any such concurrent application for admission by transfer of a UBE score must include a copy of the application filed in the other UBE jurisdiction in which the applicant will take the UBE. Failure to include such application will result in the CT application being returned to the applicant.

UBE scores for such concurrent applications must be transferred to the administrative office no later than 31 December for a July exam and no later than 30 June for a February exam. Failure to transfer a qualifying score by the deadline will result in the application being deemed withdrawn. Should an application be deemed withdrawn and the applicant wishes to seek admission in CT, he or she would be required to file a new application. As there are no exceptions or extensions available with respect to the deadline to receive a qualifying UBE score, applicants who are considering filing a concurrent application are advised to contact the administrative office with any questions he or she may have prior to filing such an application.

All UBE score transfer requests must be made through the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). To ensure that a UBE score is received by the deadline, applicants should submit their UBE score transfer request to NCBE as soon as possible after he or she has taken the UBE.

Applicants who are considering filing a concurrent application must weigh the risks of filing an application for admission by transfer of a UBE score before he or she has taken the exam or has received notification of his or her score before submitting the application. Applicants should contact the administrative office with any questions or concerns about filing a concurrent application before such application is filed.

 7. Frequently Asked Questions by New Admittees

8. How do I obtain a copy of my application for admission by UBE score transfer?
Written request together with a CERTIFIED CHECK or MONEY ORDER for $15.00 payable to the CONNECTICUT BAR EXAMINING COMMITTEE.

Send to:
Connecticut Bar Examining Committee
100 Washington Street, 1st Floor
Hartford, CT 06106-4411

Include:
  • Your name (including the name at the time of your application, if different)
  • SSN
  • DOB
  • Date you filed your application (Month/Year)
  • Where you want the copy sent
9. Non-refundable fees in connection with admission to the bar:
Pursuant to Article X, the following are the fees in connection with applications for admission to the bar:

1. Application fee for admission by examination

$750

2. Application for admission by UBE score transfer

$750

3. Application fee for admission without examination

$1800

4. Investigation under Sec. 2-8(8)

$50

5. Copy of prior examination questions

$15

6. Copy of prior examination answers (includes questions)

$35

7. Copy of applicant’s application for admission by examination

$15

8. Copy of applicant’s exam answers

$20

9. Transmittal of applicant’s MBE score to another jurisdiction

$25

10. Replacement of examination scores and information

$15

11. Replacement of admission certificate

$20

12. Application fee for foreign legal consultant

$500

13. Application fee for registration as authorized house counsel

$1000

All fees must be made payable to the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee by certified check or money order personal checks are not accepted.


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