July 2014 Applicant Information
Listed below is information specific to those who have applied for the July 2014 Montana Bar Admissions Cycle. The links below include important information regarding exam schedules, fees, deadlines and instructions, so please review thoroughly.
The Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) will be given on July 29 and 30 in Missoula, and the Montana Law Seminar (MLS) will be held on July 31, 2014. All applicants should become familiar with the information posted on these admission pages as well as the Montana Rules of Admission, Rules of the Board of Bar Examiners and Rules of the Character & Fitness Commission.
CHARACTER & FITNESS CERTIFICATION:
All applicants must be certified by the Character & Fitness Commission prior to sitting for the exam and as a requirement for admission to the Montana Bar. A certification letter will be mailed by hard copy upon completion of the investigation and character and fitness review; typically at least 30 days prior to the exam. The NCBE performs the investigation on behalf of the Commission, but does not determine certification. However, the Commission will not certify you for admission until receipt of the NCBE investigative summary, so it is critical you respond to requests for information from the both the Bar Admissions Administrator and the NCBE as quickly as possible as failure to do so will delay your certification. Incomplete applications will not be considered and complete applications do not assume certification.
REVIEW & CALENDAR (IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL APPLICANTS):
Montana Bar Examination Deadlines, Schedules & Instructions
LOCATION of the MONTANA BAR EXAMINATION & MONTANA LAW SEMINAR:
Both the UBE and the MLS will be held at the University Center on the Campus of the University of Montana in Missoula.
Uniform Bar Examination: Montana now administers the UBE which requires that all applicants by examination sit for the MEE, MPT and MBE in a single administration. Those using a laptop should plan to attend a brief laptop meeting on Monday, July 28th to verify that their laptop is ready for the bar exam.
Montana Law Seminar: The Court directed the creation of an educational seminar to focus on 1) the structure of the legal system in Montana; 2) the unique aspects of Montana law, including the Montana Constitution; and 3) the accepted mores and culture of practicing law in Montana as a requirement to admission. Whether applying by transfer of a UBE score or by exam, in-person attendance is required. Dress for the seminar is casual.
UBE TRANSFER APPLICANTS to the MONTANA BAR:
Applicants to the State Bar of Montana who are applying by transfer of a UBE score have the same requirements for admission, with the exception of sitting for the examination. The process for transfer is outlined in these UBE Excerpts from the Montana Rules for Admission.
UBE & MPRE SCORES:
It is the applicant's responsibility to request that the NCBE have MPRE and/or UBE scores certified to Montana Bar Admissions. Self-reported scores notify us that you have taken the MPRE and/or the UBE, but will not qualify for a score transfer.
Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) Scores: To have your UBE score certified to Montana, contact the National Conference of Bar Examiners at http://www.ncbex.org/about-ncbe-exams/ube/ube-transcript-services/
Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) Scores: A MPRE score of 80 or better earned within 3 years is required prior to admission to the Montana Bar. Contact the NCBE at http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre/mpre-score-reporting-services/ to request your certified score be provided to Montana.
REGISTER & PAY FEES FOR THE UBE & the MLS (or to defer to the next examination):
Registration for the Montana Law Seminar and/or the Uniform Bar Exam is open only to applicants to the Montana State Bar. These fees are not refundable and applicants may wait until they have been certified by the Commission on Character & Fitness before submitting the fee. Please register and pay online or send a check or money order to Montana Bar Admissions at PO Box 577, Helena, MT 59624.
DEFER TO THE NEXT EXAMINATION:
An applicant’s failure to appear for examination without first requesting a deferral in writing will result in the application being dismissed. After three deferrals, an applicant shall submit a new application and pay the application filing fee. To defer to the next exam, send the completed Addendum/Deferral form to the Bar Admissions Administrator with a check or you may pay the $20 fee online.
Once the above requirements have been met, successful applicants will be provided with detailed swearing-in instructions. The swearing-in ceremony for February applicants is typically scheduled for early May at the Supreme Court in Helena, although attendance is not required and applicants may petition the Court to be sworn-in at another location and time.