6. How to answer the questions.
Answer all questions fully and frankly. If a question does not apply, so
indicate. Do not leave any questions blank unless specifically
authorized by the question. You are encouraged to attach a narrative
response to any appropriate question (e.g. to explain a student loan
default disclosed in Question #35). Use
Form 2 if you need additional space to
answer any question.
7. Time limits on bar
Note that time limitations apply to
certain questions on the application. An occurrence, otherwise
disclosable, but beyond the time limitation, need not be disclosed.
8. Complete answers.
If a question requires you to list information, be certain to provide
all the information requested. Do not merely
refer to attached documents.
You must respond to the question
9. Complete addresses.
Provide complete addresses (including zip codes) where required.
Be sure your application is signed and notarized. Note that your
application is a sworn statement and is treated as such.
Please put your name on your remittance.
11. Acknowledgment of receipt
You will normally receive notification of the
receipt of your application within 15 days of receipt by the
administrative office. This is not a statement of eligibility to sit for
the examination. You will receive notice of eligibility and test site assignment about
two (2) weeks before the examination, but only after timely receipt in
the administrative office of proof that you have received your law
degree. Keep the notice of test site assignment for future reference.
12. Correspondence with the
Indicate on all correspondence that you are a
examination applicant. Please notify the
Committee in writing of any change in your address otherwise important
notices may not get to you in a timely fashion.
13. MBE score transfer.
Beginning with the July 2019 examination, the CBEC will not accept transferred MBE scores.
All applicants taking the bar exam in Connecticut must sit for the MPT, MEE, and the MBE in Connecticut during the same administration
of the exam and will receive a UBE score. Any applicant who does not attend all four sessions of the exam will be deemed withdrawn and
will not receive exam results.
Score Transfers FROM Connecticut to Another Jurisdiction:
The Bar Examining Committee may transfer MBE scores obtained in
Connecticut. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the
transfer request form (Form 47) and the proper fee are received in the Committee’s office in time to meet the transfer deadline set by the jurisdiction to which the score will be transferred.
14. Non-standard testing/TDD.
If you have a disability which will require special assistance or
accommodations on the bar examination, you must advise the Committee at
the time you file your application and file a complete Petition For
Test Accommodations no later than December 31, 2020 (forms available on
the Committee's website). Hearing and
speech-impaired applicants with a TDD can contact the Bar Examining
Committee through the Converse Communication Corporation (CCC) which provides
relay message services between TDD and non-TDD users: 711 or 1-800-842-9710.
The Professional Responsibility
requirement must be satisfied within four years prior to the date you
your application or within one year after the date you file your
application, in either of two ways (see CBEC Regulations Article IV
(a) by passing the Multistate Professional
Responsibility Examination (MPRE) with a scaled score of at least
(you can register for the MPRE on-line
(b) by obtaining a grade of "C" or better in a
course on Professional Responsibility at an approved law school (CLE
courses are NOT acceptable)..
16. Special note to applicants
who have taken the New York bar examination.
It is not
necessary to file a copy of the Applicant's Affidavit which you filed
(or will file) to sit for the New York Bar Examination. It is necessary
to submit a copy of your application for admission to the New York Bar
which is filed with the Appellate Division after you have passed the New
York bar examination.
17. Sample answers/sample
The Bar Examining Committee prepares a booklet of
sample answers to a past bar examination. The booklet contains all
questions from a recent written examination and seven sample
answers to each question. A limited number of booklets for February 2014 and later
available for $35.00 per booklet.
The performance test
and essay questions
are available on the Committee's website.
18. Character and fitness
Passing the bar examination 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 conduct a hearing only after the candidate has taken and passed the bar
examination and the candidate's file is complete. While the Committee
attempts to have all eligible candidates admitted at the group ceremony,
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.
Protocol followed by the
Committee in such cases - PDF |
19. Credit Inquiry.
As a part of
the routine background investigation into each applicant’s character and fitness to
practice law in Connecticut, our office will pull a credit profile from TransUnion. If
there are negative items found on the credit report, the applicant will receive a letter
along with the pertinent portions of the report with the relevant items highlighted.
Applicants who receive such a letter are expected to address each negative item.
20. Conduct that creates a
presumption of lack of good moral character.
calls to your attention Article VI-11 of the CBEC Regulations concerning conduct which creates a
presumption of lack of good moral character. It is the policy of the
Committee to view any conduct which comes under that section as a
serious character and fitness matter. For example, a candidate who is in
arrears or default in any child support obligations will have his/her
application placed in abeyance until the arrearage or default has been
21. Selective Service
You can obtain information on the registration
requirements and obtain your registration number at
http://www.sss.gov. In brief, men born
from March 29, 1957 to December 31, 1959 were never required to register
because the registration program was not in operation at the time they
turned 18. The requirement to register was reinstated in 1980 and
applies to all men born on or after January 1, 1960.
22. Employer References.
The Committee suggests that you send all Form 11’s by certified mail, return receipt
requested. (The return receipt should go back to you in the first instance, not the Bar Examining Committee.) In that case, if a previous employer fails to
submit the Form 11, you can establish that you sent the form by submitting the original signed return receipt postcard (“green card”) or, in the alternative,
the original mailing receipt attached to the www.USPS.com printout showing the item was delivered.
23. Driving Histories/No Record Letters (Question 45).
24. Certificates of Good Standing.
Please refer to the following link for a list of
U.S. Driving Record
Repositories. You must contact the repositories directly to
determine whether information has changed. If you are unable to
obtain a driving history from a jurisdiction, you should request either
a "no record" letter or a "no hit" letter. You may need to
obtain this from the jurisdiction's main DMV office. Some local
offices cannot generate this sort of report. For foreign driving
histories, you can contact the country's consular office in the US
and they can usually find the information (forms, cost and address)
for you. Please refer to the following link for additional guidance
Foreign Driving Histories. You must contact the repositories
directly to determine whether information has changed. Original
driving records and no record or no hit letters must be received in
the CBEC Administrative Office no later than
sixty (60) days after issuance for jurisdictions in which an
applicant is currently licensed and/or currently resides (whether
permanent or temporary).
You must contact the jurisdiction(s) in which you are currently or were
licensed to practice law and request a certificate of good standing.
If you are unable to secure a certificate of good standing, then you
must request a letter from the jurisdiction(s) setting forth your
current status. Original certificates of good standing and letters
of current status must be received in the CBEC Administrative Office
no later than thirty (30) days after issuance.
25. NCBE Number.
The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) requires the creation of an NCBE account by
those wishing to use its services.This number is also used as the
unique identifier for the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE).You will not be permitted to sit for the
February 2021 bar examination unless your NCBE Number is received by the Committee by
February 17, 2021. If you
do not have an NCBE Number, you must create one.
including how to obtain or retrieve an NCBE Number can be found
26. February 2021 Application
Forms and Instructions.
How to use Acrobat®
- (final filing deadline 12/31/20)
Additional Response Page (use this form if there is insufficient
space on the application to answer fully any question; photocopy
Amendment - (use this form to amend an answer on your
application after it has been filed); photocopy as necessary.)
Certificate of Dean of Law School
Application Forms Filing Checklist
Personal reference form
Employer reference form
Residences - continuation page
Non-standard Testing Notification
Education - continuation page
Employment - continuation page
Driving Records – continuation page
Transfer Form (To transfer a score FROM Connecticut)
to Release Medical Records
OPTIONAL - If proper postage is not affixed, this card will
be returned to you
The results of the
February 2021 bar examination will be available
on the internet at approximately 12 noon on Friday, April 23, 2021 at