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TEXAS BOARD of LAW EXAMINERS

TEXAS BOARD of LAW EXAMINERS

UBE Transfer Information


UBE Basics

The Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) is an assessment of competency to practice law that is coordinated by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and is composed of the Multistate Essay Examination, two Multistate Performance Test tasks, and the Multistate Bar Examination. It may be administered by any participating jurisdiction over two days. More information on the UBE can be found at www.ncbex.org/exams/ube/. Participating jurisdictions accept transferred UBE scores from other jurisdictions that meet passing score requirements for the receiving jurisdiction.

  • We will begin accepting applications to transfer UBE scores from other jurisdictions on December 1, 2019.
  • We will administer the first UBE in Texas in February 2021.
  • The minimum passing score in Texas is 270.
  • UBE transfer applicants must successfully complete the Texas Law Component before they can be licensed in Texas.

The Texas Law Component

The Texas Law Component will be a series of video presentations on Texas law from experienced Texas attorneys. Each segment will be followed by questions that applicants must answer correctly in order to proceed to the next segment. The total length of the presentations will be between 10 and 12 hours.

We plan to have the TLC available by April 2020, but it may not be available until June 1, 2020. Once it is available, applicants may access the TLC on-line and on-demand, for no additional fee. Applicants may complete the TLC up to one year before taking a bar exam and up to two years after passing a bar exam in Texas.

We will accept qualifying UBE scores that were earned:

  • within two years immediately preceding the date an applicant submits a transfer application to us, or
  • within five years immediately preceding the date an applicant submits a transfer application to us, if the applicant has been actively and substantially engaged in the lawful practice of law as their principal business or occupation for at least two of the last three years immediately preceding the date the applicant submits their transfer application.

I have a UBE score. How do I transfer it to Texas?
  • Submit a UBE Transfer Application to transfer a qualifying UBE score to Texas. A qualifying UBE score is a score that is 270 or higher and that was earned 
    • within two years immediately preceding the date that you submit your UBE Transfer Application, or 
    • within the five years immediately preceding the filing of the Application, if you have been actively and substantially engaged in the lawful practice of law as your principal business or occupation for at least two of the last three years immediately preceding the date that you submit your UBE Transfer Application.
  • A UBE score is “earned” on the last day of the exam administration. Scores that were earned more than five years ago cannot be transferred.
  • Once you submit your UBE Transfer Application, we will conduct a character and fitness investigation. This investigation can take up to nine months.
  • In addition to submitting a UBE Transfer Application to transfer a qualifying UBE score, you will need to satisfy all other licensing requirements set out in Rule 2, including requirements to:
    • Have a J.D. from an ABA-approved law school, or satisfy each element of an exception in Rule 13.
    • Complete the Texas Law Component. We expect to have the Texas Law Component available in April 2020, but it may not be available until June 1, 2020.
    • Document a score of 85 or higher on the MPRE.

I plan to take the UBE in another state in February 2020 or July 2020, and transfer my UBE score to Texas. What do I need to file with the Texas BLE?
  • If you will receive your J.D. from a Texas law school, be sure that you have filed your Declaration of Intention to Study Law with us before you try to transfer your UBE score. (If you will receive your J.D. from a law school outside of Texas, you do not need to file a Declaration of Intention with us.)
  • Once you have applied for the UBE in another state, you can then submit a UBE Transfer Application to us, with the required filing fee. You do not need to wait to receive your UBE score--you can submit your transfer application to us once you have applied to take the UBE in another state. If you do not score a 270 or higher on that UBE, your UBE Transfer application will be terminated--if you want to transfer a future UBE score to us, you would need to submit a new UBE Transfer Application, with the appropriate filing fee.
  • Alternatively, you can wait to submit a UBE Transfer Application and filing fee to us until after you receive a qualifying UBE score of at least 270.
  • Once you submit your UBE Transfer Application, we will conduct a character and fitness investigation. This investigation can take up to nine months.
  • In addition to submitting a UBE Transfer Application to transfer a qualifying UBE score, you will need to satisfy all other licensing requirements set out in Rule 2, including requirements to:
    • Have a J.D. from an ABA-approved law school, or satisfy each element of an exception in Rule 13.
    • Complete the Texas Law Component. We expect to have the Texas Law Component available in April 2020, but it may not be available until June 1, 2020.
    • Document a score of 85 or higher on the MPRE.