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Secretary: Jeffrey C. Shipley, Esquire
MARYLAND STATE BOARD OF LAW EXAMINERS COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE
The State of Maryland continues under a state of emergency, as established by the governor, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Applicants visiting SBLE’s administrative office are subject to COVID-19 health screening, including a no-contact temperature check, and mask requirements upon entry to Judiciary buildings.
UPDATE FOR 2/26/21: July 2021 UBE in Maryland to be administered remotely.
On Tuesday, February 2, 2021, the National Conference of Bar Examiners announced plans to make a full set of bar exam materials (two Multistate Performance Test (MPT) items, six Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) items, and 200 Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) items) available for a July 2021 Uniform Bar Exam to be administered remotely on the same dates as the scheduled July 2021 in-person UBE administrations (July 27-28, 2021). NCBE further announced that it will provide score calculation services (which include equating the MBE and calculating scaled scores on the written test components) and will provide UBE and MBE score transfer services for both the in-person and the remote administrations.
Based on currently available information regarding plans for the phased eligibility of persons for COVID-19 vaccination in Maryland and elsewhere, and the likely pace of vaccinations, many individuals in the expected examinee population are unlikely to have been vaccinated against COVID-19 at the time of the scheduled July UBE due to phased eligibility criteria. Furthermore, even for fully vaccinated persons, current and expected future guidance from the CDC and other public health officials continue to call for social distancing, mask-wearing, travel limitations, and other health safety precautions that present challenges to a safe and secure in-person bar exam administration. While it is possible that then-existing public health conditions might permit an in-person UBE in July 2021, any plans for an in-person exam would remain at risk of cancellation based on changing pandemic conditions. Therefore, based on the uncertain future of the COVID-19 pandemic in Maryland and following the successful remote administrations of the October 2020 Remote Bar Exam and the February 2021 UBE in Maryland, the Court of Appeals of Maryland has approved the recommendation of the State Board of Law Examiners to remotely administer the July 2021 UBE in Maryland.
SBLE makes this early announcement so that prospective applicants may make an informed decision on applying to take the July 2021 UBE in Maryland. The filing deadline for the July 2021 exam is Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 4:30pm ET. Further information on registering for the July 2021 UBE in Maryland is located here. Further information on the exam vendor and testing conditions will be provided in the form of a FAQ document on the Board’s website as information becomes available.
Portability of Scores Earned on the October 2020 Remote Bar Exam in Maryland
Applicants who took the October 2020 Remote Bar Exam in one of the reciprocal jurisdictions listed above may apply for admission in Maryland under the rules pertaining to the transfer of UBE scores. See the Admission by UBE Transfer (UBT) page of this website for more information.
TO ALL APPLICANTS:
SBLE will continue to accept bar application materials for all applicant types during the emergency.
BAR ADMISSIONS CEREMONIES:
During the emergency, SBLE will continue to clear applicants to the Court for admission as appropriate. The Clerk’s Office will communicate directly with eligible applicants for scheduling purposes.
Admissions ceremonies for applicants who are successful on the October 2020 Remote Bar Exam in Maryland are tentatively scheduled for Thursday, December 17, 2020 and Friday, December 18, 2020. Those ceremonies are expected to be virtual/remote.
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