180 East 5th Street, Suite 950
St. Paul, Minnesota 55101

Phone: (651) 297-1857 | Fax: (651) 297-1196
Email: ble@mbcle.state.mn.us

February 2021 Update

Additional information related to the February 2021 examination has been posted here.

 

Public Access to Office

The Minnesota Judicial Branch continues to carefully monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and to coordinate closely with statewide partners including the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB). Public Access to the Board offices is limited at this time. Please call before coming to the Board offices. Masks are required.  Board staff is still working and anticipates COVID-19 having only a minimal impact on the processing of applications.

We encourage applicants for the February 2021 bar examination and admission on motion to submit your applications by U.S. Mail.

We encourage you to contact us by email (ble@mbcle.state.mn.us) or your applicant portal if you have additional questions. Calls to the office may go to voicemail and your message will be returned as quickly as possible. Many of the commonly asked questions may be answered in the Frequently Asked Questions or the Resources section.

February 2021 Applicants and Motion Applicants:

  • Applicants experiencing delays in obtaining required documentation for application may submit their application before obtaining the third party documentation by including a cover letter indicating what information is missing and when you anticipate being able to submit the additional documentation.
  • Character affidavits may be affirmed by including the language: “I declare under penalty of perjury that everything I have stated in this document is true and correct.”

The Board recognizes the significant impact of COVID-19. Seeking assistance as needed is a healthy response to stress and does not need to be disclosed in your bar application unless there is related conduct that you are required to disclose or it negatively impacts your current ability to meet the essential eligibility requirements. The Board encourages applicants to contact Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers for additional resources. Information provided to LCL is completely confidential and is not shared with the Board.

Minnesota Supreme Court Issues Order Denying Petition for Proposed Temporary Waiver of Bar Examination Requirement

The Minnesota Supreme Court has issued an Order Denying Petition for Proposed Temporary Waiver of Bar Examination Requirement and Provision of Emergency Diploma Privilege. The July 14, 2020 Order may be found here.

Order Issued Effective July 1, 2020

The Minnesota Supreme Court has granted the Board’s Petition to adopt the revised Supervised Practice Rules, effective July 1, 2020.  The language of the revised Rules can be found here.

Public Notice Related to Status of Foreign Legal Education Issue

The Minnesota Board of Law Examiners has been carefully studying the issue of foreign legal education. The Board has posted additional information related to this issue here and requests additional input on or before June 1, 2020. You may send that to the Board office at 180 E. 5th Street, Suite 950, St. Paul, MN 55101 or to ble@mbcle.state.mn.us.

Early Bar Exam Committee Files Report

On February 14, 2019, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued an Order referring the issue of permitting third year law students to sit for the Minnesota Bar Examination to the Director of the Board of Law Examiners for further study. On May 31, 2019, the Committee filed an Interim Report advising the Court of the names of the individuals serving on the Early Bar Exam Committee and providing additional information on the Committee’s schedule. On March 2, 2020, the Early Bar Exam Committee filed its Report and Recommendation with the Court.

 

Order Issued Effective April 1, 2020

The Minnesota Supreme Court has promulgated Rule changes effective April 1, 2020.  Additional information can be found here.

Minnesota Board of Law Examiners Continues to Discuss Foreign Legal Education

On November 9, 2019, the Minnesota Board of Law Examiners requested that interested parties submit comments related to foreign legal education on or before December 31, 2019.  Additional information can be found here.  The Board received 15 written submissions, including 7 requests to speak at the February 5, 2020, public hearing.  The public hearing was held on February 5, 2020, at 8 A.M. The agenda is here.  Although the formal public comment period is closed, the Board welcomes additional information on this issue.  You may send that to the Board office at 180 E. 5th Street, Suite 950, St. Paul, MN 55101 or to ble@mbcle.state.mn.us.

The Board is carefully reviewing this matter and anticipates providing additional information late spring.

Minnesota Board of Law Examiners Seeks Comments Related to Foreign Legal Education

The Minnesota Board of Law Examiners is seeking comments related to foreign legal education.  Additional information can be found here.  The deadline for comments and requests to present oral testimony at a public hearing to be scheduled late January/early February is December 31, 2019.

Order Issued Effective September 1, 2019

The Minnesota Supreme Court has promulgated Rule changes effective September 1, 2019.  Additional information can be found here.