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  Connecticut Bar Examining Committee
Admission by UBE Score Transfer
Instructions, Forms and Requirements

Be sure you read and understand the rules of the Superior Court and the regulations of the Bar Examining Committee governing Admission to the Connecticut bar.

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1. Educational Qualifications
To be eligible to apply for admission by UBE score transfer, an applicant’s educational qualifications must meet the requirements of Practice Book § 2-8. 

2. 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 5 years after attaining a total scaled score of 266 or higher on the UBE taken in any 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 Failure to transfer a qualifying score by the deadline will result in the application being deemed withdrawn. Should an application be deemed withdrawn and the applicant wishes to seek admission in CT, he or she would be required to file a new application.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.

Download forms from list below

Check Form Number and Title
 [    ]

Form UBE1 - Application

 [    ] Form UBE5 - Status Sheet
 [    ] Form UBE12 - Address labels
 [    ] Form UBE14 - Summary sheet
 [    ] $750.00 certified check or money order (the Bar Examining Committee does not accept credit cards, personal, corporate or law firm checks)

If applicable to you, the following forms and any supporting documentation may be submitted with the application or within 1 year of the initial filing date.

Check Form Number and Title
[    ] Form UBE2 - Additional Response Page
[    ] Form UBE27a - Military Service

Retain a copy of everything you file with the Committee.

You should mail your application well in advance of the filing deadline to allow adequate transit time and you should plan to file as early as possible to allow time to correct problems.

3. Where to file.
Submit your application, fee and supporting documents to:

Connecticut Bar Examining Committee
UBE Application Department
100 Washington Street, 1st Floor
Hartford, Connecticut  06106-4411


Office hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm*
*except state holidays

4. Typed answers.
Other than the "checkboxes" which may be completed by hand, your answers on the application must be typed or completed by other electronic means.

5. 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 #36). Use Form UBE2 if you need additional space to answer any question.

6. Time limits on bar application questions.
Note that time limitations apply to certain questions on the application. An occurrence, otherwise disclosable, but beyond the time limitation, need not be disclosed.

7. 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 as asked.

8. Complete addresses.
Provide complete addresses (including zip codes) where required.

9. Signature/acknowledgment.
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.

10. Acknowledgment of receipt by CBEC.
You will normally receive notification of the receipt of your application within 15 days of receipt by the administrative office.

11. Correspondence with the CBEC/address change.
Indicate on all correspondence that you are a UBE Score Transfer 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.

12. MPRE/professional responsibility course.
The Professional Responsibility requirement must be satisfied within four years prior to the date you file your application or within one year after the date you file your application, in either of two ways (see CBEC Regulations Article IV for details):

(a) by passing the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) with a scaled score of at least 80;
(you can register for the MPRE on-line External Link - You are leaving the Connecticut Judicial Branch website  or

(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).

13. 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.

14. Character and fitness review.
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. Protocol followed by the Committee in such cases - PDF |  More information...

15. 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 Experian. 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.

16. Conduct that creates a presumption of lack of good moral character.
The Committee calls to your attention Article VI-11 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 corrected.

17. Selective Service Registration.
You can obtain information on the registration requirements and obtain your registration number at http://www.sss.gov.External Link - You are leaving the Connecticut Judicial Branch website
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.

18. Employer References.
The Committee suggests that you send all Form UBE11’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 UBE11, 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.

19. Driving Histories/No Record Letters (Question 46).
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 on obtaining 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).

20. Certificates of Good Standing.
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.

21. Connecticut and Federal Background Checks.
 
The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee (CBEC) will conduct an extensive background check for all applicants and reserves the right to require applicants to submit fingerprints. Should CBEC require that an applicant submit fingerprints, a fingerprint card and instructions will be mailed to that applicant so that a Connecticut and Federal background check can be requested. Background checks received from applicants will NOT be accepted The following documents will be sent to applicants who are required to submit fingerprints and should be reviewed prior to submitting your fingerprints and fees to CBEC.

22. Admission by UBE Score Transfer Application and Forms.
See How to use Acrobat® fillable forms.
 

Form Number

Description

Fillable PDF
UBE1 Application UBE1.pdf
UBE2 Additional Response Page (use this form if there is insufficient space on the application to answer fully any question; photocopy as necessary.) UBE2.pdf
UBE3 Amendment - (use this form to amend an answer on your application after it has been filed; photocopy as necessary.) UBE3.pdf
UBE4 Certificate of Dean of Law School UBE4.pdf
UBE5 Status Sheet UBE5.pdf
UBE10 Personal reference form UBE10.pdf
UBE11 Employer reference form UBE11.pdf
UBE12 Address labels UBE12.pdf
UBE13 Address change labels UBE13.pdf
UBE13a Residences - continuation page UBE13a.pdf
UBE14 Summary sheets UBE14.pdf
UBE17a Education - continuation page UBE17a.pdf
UBE18a Employment - continuation page UBE18a.pdf
UBE27a Military service UBE27a.pdf
UBE46a Driving Records – continuation page UBE46a.pdf
UBE99 Authorization to Release Medical Records UBE99.pdf
Affidavit Form Affidavit Affidavit

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