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

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

Message to Examinees Impacted by DC Bar Examination Uncertainty

The Minnesota Board of Law Examiners (Board) is aware of the uncertainty related to whether the District of Columbia will be able to administer the Uniform Bar Examination in February 2019 due to the federal government shutdown. Additional information on the status of the exam administration may be found here.

The Board has received inquiries from applicants currently registered to sit for the Uniform Bar Examination in DC about the possibility of sitting for the examination in Minnesota. In light of the current situation in DC, the Board will permit a limited number of applicants who are currently registered in DC an opportunity to sit for the February 2019 bar examination in Minnesota.

Please review the following information and follow the instructions provided below.

  1. All application materials must be RECEIVED in our office no later than 3 P.M. on Monday, Feb. 4th . Click here to register and access the application. This includes:
    1. Portal Registration form. Please select July 2019 and after printing the registration form, cross out July 2019 and hand write February 2019.
    2. Completed application including all signatures and notarizations. You must complete the entire application, including supplemental forms. To expedite the process, you do not need to submit the supporting documentation (i.e. police reports, court records, certificates of good standing and other documents listed in Rule 4D, etc.) at this time. If you will be seeking admission in Minnesota, you will need to provide those documents prior to the character and fitness determination.
    3. Timely application fee ($500 – not previously admitted in another jurisdiction / $950 – if admitted elsewhere for more than 6 months) and the ExamSoft registration form and fee ($100) if using your laptop to take the examination. We do not have the ability to accept electronic payments.
    4. Your signed photo ID card.
    5. A letter (1) affirming that you have a pending DC application and (2) indicating whether you intend to seek admission in Minnesota on the basis of your UBE score or intend only to transfer your UBE score. Please note that due to the timing of your application that if you do intend to seek admission in Minnesota, it is unlikely that the Board will be able to provide you with the character and fitness determination at the same time as the UBE score release.
  2. Verification of your J.D. conferral must be received in our office, directly from the law school, by February 8th (this is an extension from the deadline of January 25th). See 4C for requirements.
  3. Applicants must meet the educational requirements listed in Rule 4A(3)(a).
  4. Application fees are not refundable except as described in Rule 12I.
  5. The deadline to request testing accommodations for the February 2019 bar examination was December 1, 2018.

If you have any questions, you are encouraged to call the Board office prior to submitting your application.