ELIGIBILITY for ADMISSION:
To be eligible for admission, you must:
1. Have earned a JD from an ABA accredited law school;
2. Have been certified by the Commission on Character & Fitness;
3. Have submitted a qualifying MPRE score;
4. Have submitted a qualifying UBE score (whether by exam or transfer);
5. Have attended the Montana Law Seminar;
6. Have paid your license tax and dues to the State Bar of Montana.
Application for Admission: The Montana Commission on Character & Fitness requires ALL applicants to prepare their applications electronically using the National Conference of Bar Examiner's (NCBE) online application process. Whether applying for admission by exam or transfer of UBE score, the NCBE Application for Montana must be completed online, printed and postmarked by the application filing deadline. In addition to completing the online application requirements and paying the application fees to the NCBE, you must mail to the Montana Bar Admissions office, postmarked by the application filing deadline, a signed original Application, the Montana Application Cover Sheet and all documents required on the Montana Application Checklist with the Montana application fee. You are required to have an email address as email will be our primary communication method with you. For more information, the Admission FAQ and the Montana 'Application Clinic' pages provide detailed information about admission to the Montana Bar.
Upcoming Dates for Uniform Bar Exam & Montana Law Seminar:
February 2014- Exam: February 25-26, MLS: February 27th, Great Northern Hotel, Helena- Application Deadline: Postmarked by October 1, 2013
July 2014 - Exam: July 29-30, MLS: July 31st, University Center, UM Campus, Missoula- Application Deadline: Postmarked by March 15, 2014
Fees, Deadlines & Bar Exam Information: For both exam applicants and UBE transfer applicants, the deadline for the February administration is October 1st and the deadline for the July administration is March 15th. Applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered to the Bar Admissions Administrator on or before the stated deadline. Late applications will not be accepted without a Court Order approving late filing. If the Montana Supreme Court grants a petition for late application, a late filing fee will be charged in addition to the application fee. To pay application fees, send a check or money order with the completed application or pay application fees online and mail a copy of the confirmation of payment with your completed application. NOTE: A separate application fee is charged for the NCBE Character & Fitness Application. The NCBE Application (page i.) includes categories for Law Student Registration and Foreign Educated or Foreign-Licensed Attorneys. Montana does not at this time accept early applications for law students or recognize foreign applicants. All applicants are required to hold a JD from an ABA accredited school.
The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE): Montana will accept the transfer of a score of 270 or greater from a qualified UBE exam within three years of the date of application. All UBE applicants are required to complete the application process outlined above through the NCBE and meet the requirements set forth in the Rules for Admission to the State Bar of Montana. Follow this link for more information about the Uniform Bar Exam.
The Montana Law Seminar (MLS): Before being admitted to the practice of law in Montana, all applicants must attend the Montana Law Seminar (MLS). The MLS is given the day following each February and July bar exam at the site of the bar examination.
Register & Pay Fees for the UBE & the MLS: Registration for the Montana Law Seminar and/or the Uniform Bar Exam is open only to applicants to the Montana State Bar. These fees are not refundable and applicants may wait until they have been certified by the Commission on Character & Fitness before submitting the fee. Please register and pay online or send a check or money order to Montana Bar Admissions at PO Box 577, Helena, MT 59624.
Defer to the next scheduled admission cycle: An applicant’s failure to appear for examination without first requesting a deferral in writing will result in the application being dismissed. After three deferrals, an applicant shall submit a new application and pay the application filing fee. To defer to the next exam, send the completed Addendum/Deferral form to the Bar Admissions Administrator with a check or you may pay the $20 fee online.
Reciprocity: Montana does not have reciprocity and there is no admission on motion. All applicants are required to sit for the Bar exam or may transfer a UBE score of 270 or higher earned within 3 years from the date of application.
ADA Accommodation Requests: If you have a medical, physical, or cognitive disability, you may request that the bar examination be administered under reasonable special conditions to accommodate your needs. You must make your request via the Special Accommodations Request Form. An applicant who claims a disability and who seeks an accommodation on the bar examination must submit a request for the accommodation with supporting documentation by the application deadline. Applications for accommodations not submitted by the application deadline will not be considered, except where the disability occurs after the application filing deadline.
Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) Scores: It is the applicant's responsibility to have UBE scores from another jurisdiction certified to the State Bar of Montana. ALL applicants are required to sit for the Uniform Bar Exam (the MEE, MPT and MBE) or meet the requirements to transfer a UBE score. To have your UBE score certified to Montana, contact either the testing authority where you took the exam, or the National Conference of Bar Examiners at http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/ube/ube-transcript-services/.
Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) Scores: Montana no longer accepts transferred MBE scores and all examinees must sit for the MEE, MPT and MBE in a single exam cycle to earn a UBE score.
Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) Scores: A MPRE score of 80 or better earned within 3 years is required prior to admission to the Montana Bar. Montana does not give the MPRE, but information about registration and testing locations for the MPRE is available on the NCBE's website. It is the applicant's responsibility to have MPRE scores from another jurisdiction certified to the State Bar of Montana. Contact the NCBE at http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre/mpre-score-reporting-services/ to request your certified score be provided to Montana.
Certified Application Requests: To request that a copy of your Application for Admission to Montana be provided to another jurisdiction, please complete this request form or send a written request and a $15 check or money order to Bar Admissions Administrator, State Bar of Montana, P.O. Box 577, Helena, MT 59624. Note: Application files are maintained for five years after which, if no litigation is pending concerning the application, the file may be destroyed.
Bar Review Course: The Montana Board of Bar Examiners is not affiliated with any bar review course. The National Conference of Bar Examiners is responsible for development of the MEE, MPT and MBE, and we encourage applicants to review the NCBE website for study materials as well as mock exams and other exam preparation. Consult the Board of Bar Examiners' rules and review the information provided by the Bar Admissions Administrator and the National Conference of Bar Examiners.