UPDATED STATEMENT ON MARYLAND’S TRANSITION TO THE UNIFORM BAR EXAM (UBE) - The State Board of Law Examiners continues its transition to the UBE. Pursuant to the November 20, 2017 announcement HERE by the Court of Appeals of Maryland, the State Board of Law Examiners intends and expects to administer the UBE in July 2019. The State Board of Law Examiners intends and expects to begin accepting transfers of UBE scores earned in other UBE jurisdictions on July 1, 2019. The State Board of Law Examiners intends and expects to begin accepting Petitions for admission without examination from experienced out-of-state attorneys on July 1, 2019.

In furtherance of Maryland’s transition to the UBE, the Court of Appeals’ Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (“Rules Committee”), at its meeting on September 6, 2018, will consider proposed Rules adopting the UBE and governing the Maryland bar admission process under UBE. The proposed Rules governing the UBE in Maryland may be reviewed on the Rules Committee’s meeting agenda HERE.


Welcome to the State Board of Law Examiners.  Whether you are a recent law school graduate or a seasoned attorney, this website is designed to assist you with answering your questions regarding the process for becoming a licensed attorney in the State of Maryland.  This site is also designed to provide helpful information to assist you in the application process and to understand the process for bar admission in the State of Maryland.  The State Board of Law Examiners administers the Maryland bar examination, investigates the legal competence and character and fitness of persons who seek a license to practice law in the state courts of the State of Maryland and recommends to the Court of Appeals those candidates qualified for admission to the Maryland Bar. 

As you review our website, you will find information about the Maryland bar examination (General Bar and Out-of-State Attorney's Exam), Maryland Rules Governing Bar Admission, prior exam questions and model answers, and instructions for completing the on-line application/petition (eBar Instructions).  There is also information if you need a test accommodation (ADA and non-ADA) or wish to register to use a laptop computer. 

If, after reviewing our website, you have any questions, please call us during normal business hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm).  It is our experience that applicants who read the information thoroughly, ask questions early and apply early find that the bar examination process is very manageable.  Early preparation also means more study time for you.  Good luck in your pursuit to become an attorney in Maryland.  In the event you need to contact us, our information is provided in the banner