On November 20, 2017, the Court of Appeals of Maryland announced that it has accepted the recommendation of its Advisory Committee that Maryland adopt the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). The State Board of Law Examiners has begun work on making this transition but expects to maintain the current format and subject matter of the Maryland General Bar Examination until at least July 2019. Further information on Maryland’s transition to the UBE, including the expected date of Maryland’s first UBE administration and the date when Maryland expects to begin to accepting UBE transfer applications will be posted as it becomes available. The Court of Appeals statement regarding adoption of the UBE may be found HERE.

Welcome to the State Board of Law Examiners.  Whether you are a recent law school graduate or a seasoned attorney, this website is designed to assist you with answering your questions regarding the process for becoming a licensed attorney in the State of Maryland.  This site is also designed to provide helpful information to assist you in the application process and to understand the process for bar admission in the State of Maryland.  The State Board of Law Examiners administers the Maryland bar examination, investigates the legal competence and character and fitness of persons who seek a license to practice law in the state courts of the State of Maryland and recommends to the Court of Appeals those candidates qualified for admission to the Maryland Bar. 

As you review our website, you will find information about the Maryland bar examination (General Bar and Out-of-State Attorney's Exam), Maryland Rules Governing Bar Admission, prior exam questions and model answers, and instructions for completing the on-line application/petition (eBar Instructions).  There is also information if you need a test accommodation (ADA and non-ADA) or wish to register to use a laptop computer. 

If, after reviewing our website, you have any questions, please call us during normal business hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm).  It is our experience that applicants who read the information thoroughly, ask questions early and apply early find that the bar examination process is very manageable.  Early preparation also means more study time for you.  Good luck in your pursuit to become an attorney in Maryland.  In the event you need to contact us, our information is provided in the banner