States Considering the Uniform Bar Exam

If the bar exam is in your future, then you’re probably wondering about the states considering the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). The UBE allows you to take one bar exam and transfer that score among all jurisdictions that administer the UBE. So, if you’re not quite sure where you’d like to settle down or where you may find a job, the UBE is a wonderful way to keep your options open.

UBE jurisdictions

Let’s start by looking at which jurisdictions currently administer the UBE, so you can see if you’re in one of the lucky 26. Those jurisdictions are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

If you’re in one of the UBE jurisdictions, make sure you understand how the UBE is administered and scored so you can pass with flying colors!

States considering the Uniform Bar Exam

If you’re not in one of the 26 jurisdictions already administering the UBE, you may still be in luck. Your state may be one of the states considering the Uniform Bar Exam, and if you are still a year or two away from taking the bar, there may be a chance that the UBE will be in your future. If you’re taking the bar soon, you’ll need to go ahead and start studying for your state specific bar exam, or it may be time to make that long-desired move to a state you’ve always wanted to live (especially if it’s a UBE state!).

As of the writing of this post, it looks like North Carolina, Illinois, and Maine are all considering adopting the UBE.

While the UBE seems like a great option to many states, such as Illinois, there are still some states that are not considering the uniform bar exam. Not surprisingly, the states with two of the hardest bar exams, California and Texas, do not seem to be budging on the UBE front. They are sticking to their state specific bar exams for the foreseeable future.


While 26 jurisdictions already administer the UBE, only three more states are currently considering making the switch the to UBE—North Carolina, Illinois, and Maine. If your state is one of the states considering the Uniform Bar Exam, make sure you don’t miss any important UBE dates!

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