|February 2017 Applicant Information|
Listed below is information specific to those who have applied for the February 2017 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 February 21 and 22, 2017, and the Montana Law Seminar (MLS) will be held on February 23, 2017. 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 CertificationAll 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.
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Deadlines and Important Information for all Applicants: February 2017 Montana Admissions Information and Instructions
Uniform Bar Examination & Montana Law Seminar
Location: Both the UBE and the MLS will be held at the Great Northern Hotel in Helena. More information about parking availability for those attending the bar exam and Montana Law Seminar will be updated as the information is provided to us.
Uniform Bar Examination: Montana 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, February 20, to verify that your laptop is ready for the bar exam. (The laptop meeting is not mandatory, but is recommended.) Registration is required for each session of the exam, and no applicant will be allowed into the testing area without registering or 30 minutes after the exam has started.
NOTE: Bring the signed Montana Board of Bar Examiners' Code of Conduct form with you to turn in at registration.
UBE Transfer Applicants to the Montana BarApplicants 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 the Montana Rules for Admission.
UBE & MPRE scoresIt 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 (Due by February 6, 2017)
Registration for the Montana Law Seminar and/or the Uniform Bar Exam is open only to current applicants to the Montana State Bar. Registration is complete upon payment of the fees, which may be carried forward but are not refundable. To register for the UBE and/or MLS, you may send a check or money order to Montana Bar Admissions at P.O. Box 577, Helena, MT 59624. You may also pay online for either or both the Uniform Bar Examination and the Montana Law Seminar. NOTE: You do not need to create a member log-in in order to pay these fees. Applicants for re-examination must pay the exam fees, but are not required to pay the Montana Law Seminar fee or attend a second time.
Defer to the next examinationAn 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 must reapply. To defer to the next admissions cycle, send the completed Addendum/Deferral form to the Bar Admissions Administrator with a check or you may pay the $20 fee online.
All essay exams are graded by the Montana Board of Bar Examiners or experienced outside graders. Results will be sent by U.S. Mail to the address you have provided, so it is crucial that you keep your contact information current. By rule, the pass/fail list of examinees is provided to the Supreme Court 5 days after the Board of Bar Examiners approves the final grades. Results will be posted on the Bar’s website and will not be released over the phone or by email prior to notice to the Court.
Swearing-inOnce the above requirements have been met, successful applicants will be provided with detailed information by the Courts. The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled each spring and fall in Helena and is conducted by the Justices of the Montana Supreme Court. The U.S. District Court for Montana conducts a swearing-in ceremony the same afternoon, giving new attorneys an opportunity to be sworn in to both state and federal courts on the same day. Attendance is encouraged, but applicants may petition the Courts to be sworn in at another location and time.