Uniform Bar Examination Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee to Explore the Feasibility of Maryland’s Adoption of the Uniform Bar Examination

The Court of Appeals has appointed the Advisory Committee to Explore the Feasibility of Maryland’s Adoption of the Uniform Bar Examination (“UBE Committee”) to review whether Maryland should adopt the Uniform Bar Examination (“UBE”). Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia have adopted the UBE, which is created by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, in place of a state-specific bar exam. With some exceptions and restrictions, for a three-year period candidates who take the UBE may transfer their scores to any participating jurisdiction to seek admission there. The UBE, if adopted by the Court, would replace the current Maryland Bar Examination, although the Court may also require a supplemental Maryland-specific test. The UBE Advisory Committee released its Report and Recommendation on October 10, 2017.

Potential Changes to the Maryland Bar Exam if the UBE is adopted by the Court:
The Uniform Bar Exam is composed of the Multistate Performance test (MPT), the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). See UBE Test Components Chart.

Currently, the Maryland Bar Exam does not test on the MEE. If the UBE is adopted by Maryland, state-specific essay questions would no longer be tested, however, non-state specific essay questions on similar “general” content areas would be tested. See UBE/ MD Subjects Tested Comparison Chart.

Although not mandatory, some jurisdictions have chosen to add exams that test on law specific to their jurisdictions. Some of these state-specific components are multiple choice tests, essay tests, and some contain state-specific content without a testing component. Other state-specific components are hybrids of the previous examples that are similar to Maryland’s current online Professionalism course. If the UBE is adopted by the Court, and Maryland chooses to have a state-specific component, the Bar Exam test could include a potential third day of standard testing with a state-specific component.