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Annapolis, MD 21401
Chairman: Jonathan A. Azrael, Esquire
Secretary: Jeffrey C. Shipley, Esquire
MARYLAND STATE BOARD OF LAW EXAMINERS COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE
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 SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 – February 2022 UBE in Maryland to be administered in-person
On June 1, 2021, the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) announced that February 2022 bar exam materials will be made available to jurisdictions for paper-based in-person testing only, uunless restrictions by a public health authority prohibit a jurisdiction from administering the February exam in person. Maryland does not currently have restrictions that would prohibit in-person testing. As such, SBLE expects to administer an in-person, paper-based UBE in February 2022. Appropriate COVID-19 safety precautions will be determined and announced closer to the test dates. Information on the February 2022 exam locations, exam filing requirements, exam fees, and registration deadlines is now available on the Admission by UBE - Exam in Maryland page. Updated exam day information is now available on the Exam Day Information page.
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.
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.
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