Colorado Supreme Court
Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel
Promoting Professionalism. Protecting the Public.
Eligibility Requirements for Application by Uniform Bar Exam Score Transfer
In accordance with C.R.C.P. 203.3, admission based upon a qualifying Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) score is available to those who have achieved a UBE score in another jurisdiction no more than three years preceding application for admission in Colorado. A minimum qualifying UBE scaled score of 276 is required. A UBE score earned more than three years but less than five years prior to filing an application in Colorado may qualify with additional law practice experience.
UBE scores are transferred directly from the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE)to the Office of Attorney Admissions through a secure communication link. UBE scores may not be transferred until after the date upon which the scores were released in the jurisdiction where the UBE score was achieved. UBE scores may be transferred to the Office of Attorney Admissions prior to submitting an application; however, UBE scores must be received no later than 45 days after filing a UBE application in Colorado. Each candidate is responsible for requesting a UBE score transfer from NCBE to this office.
Persons who file a UBE application, but whose application is determined not eligible, may transfer the application to the next scheduled bar exam or withdraw the application. No refunds will be given. A decision to transfer a UBE application to the bar examination or to withdraw a UBE application must be submitted in writing no later than 30 days following the determination that a UBE application is not eligible.
a. “have earned a UBE score that is passing, based upon the general standards of performance set by the Colorado Supreme Court, in an administration of the UBE taken within the three years immediately preceding the date upon which” an application is filed in Colorado;
b. “hold a J.D. or LL.B. degree from a law school approved” by the American Bar Association;
c. be in good standing “in all jurisdictions where admitted; if any”;
d. not be currently “subject to attorney discipline or the subject of a pending disciplinary matter in any jurisdiction”; and
e. possess “the character and fitness required of all applicants for admission to the practice of law in Colorado.”
f. A UBE score earned more than three years but less than five years prior to the date upon which an application is filed in Colorado may qualify, if the applicant has been “primarily engaged in the active practice of law” in another U.S. jurisdiction as a licensed member in good standing for at least two years immediately preceding the date upon which an application is filed in Colorado.
Successful completion of the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) with a scaled score of at least 85, taken on an examination administered no more than two years prior to the date of application, is required. The MPRE requirement need not be fulfilled prior to filing an application, but must be completed prior to final approval for admission to the Colorado Bar. See C.R.C.P. 203.3(3).
Pursuant to C.R.C.P. 211.3(1) and (2), UBE score transfer applicants must “take the oath of admission prescribed by the Supreme Court” no more than eighteen months following the application is approved by the Colorado Supreme Court.