Colorado Supreme Court

Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel

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UBE Score Transfer FAQs

What is a UBE Score Transfer application?

Those who have obtained a scaled score of 276 on a Uniform Bar Exam in another jurisdiction within the last three years may apply for admission based on that score.

A UBE score earned more than three years but less than five years immediately preceding application to Colorado may qualify provided the applicant has been primarily engaged in the active practice of law for at least two years immediately preceding application to Colorado.

What if I don't qualify for UBE Score Transfer after my application is submitted?

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 exam or to withdraw a UBE application must be submitted in writing no more than 30 days following the determination that a UBE application is not eligible.

Can I send a copy of my UBE scores as proof of eligibility?

UBE scores are transferred directly from the National Conference of Bar Examiners 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 more 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. The age of your transferred UBE score will be determined by the date you file your application.

How do I transfer my UBE Score?

For instructions on transferring UBE scores, please refer to the NCBE website.

My UBE Score from another jurisdiction is more than three years old. Do I qualify to transfer my score?

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.

Please refer to UBE Score Transfer Eligibility Requirements for details.

My UBE score includes a transferred MBE score from a different exam. Why is it invalid?

Valid UBE scores are those wherein both the MBE and written (MEE and MPT) portions of the exam are taken during the same exam administration in a participating Uniform Bar Exam jurisdiction. Scores combined from different administrations are not official UBE scores and will not be transferred by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

I took the bar exam before the UBE was adopted, but I took all of the same test components (MBE, MEE and MPT). Is this a valid UBE Score?

No. Valid UBE scores are those wherein both the MBE and written (MEE and MPT) portions of the exam are taken during the same exam administration in a participating Uniform Bar Exam jurisdiction. Scores combined from different administrations are not official UBE scores and will not be transferred by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

How long will it take to process my UBE Score Transfer application once it is submitted?

Application processing time varies with each application. If the information you have provided is complete, accurate and responsive to the questions and all required documentation is received in a timely fashion it will take approximately six (6) to eight (8) months after your application has been accepted for processing. For information regarding the practice of law in Colorado while your application is pending, please refer to Practice Pending Admission licensure.

To ensure the quickest processing of your application, provide complete and accurate information to all questions. Contact your references and employers and ask them to promptly respond to our inquiries. Provide accurate email addresses in order to expedite the reference and employment verification process. Promptly respond to all requests for information received from this office. Review your application account frequently for updates to your document statuses. Refrain from sending unnecessary or premature inquiries regarding the status of your application or submitted documents. You will receive a deficiency notice and request for additional information or documentation once the staff has thoroughly reviewed your application and recorded all documentation in your account.

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