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Regretfully, you were unsuccessful on the Maryland Bar Exam. Please review this information carefully:

Retaking the General Bar Examination – There is no limit on the number of times you may retake the General Bar Exam in an attempt to be successful. To submit a Retake Notice for the General Bar Examination, log into your eBar account and navigate to the “My Application” page. Click on “Notice of Intent to Take a Scheduled General Bar Examination,” update the exam session information, and fill out any required fields. eBar will automatically generate a Retake Notice based upon your eBar record. Check carefully to see that all fields are filled accurately. Submit your Notice online and use the printer icon to print a hard copy. Sign the Retake Notice. File the hard copy Retake Notice with SBLE’s office, along with a check or money order for $250.00 payable to “State Board of Law Examiners” by the filing deadline. All SBLE filing deadlines are RECEIVED BY deadlines, not post-marked dates.

Examination dates and deadlines – Information on examination dates, filing deadlines and exam locations for the next administration of the Maryland General Examination are available at SBLE’s website – http://www.mdcourts.gov/ble/pdfs/201702gbdates.pdf

Passing Standard – Pursuant to Board Rule 5, the minimum passing score on the Maryland General Bar Exam is 406. For further information on how the General Bar Exam is scored, visit http://mdcourts.gov/ble/pdfs/gbtips.pdf. Specific information on score calculations for this exam can be found by accessing the Passing Standard document posted alongside the unofficial online reporting of exam results on The State Board of Law Examiners (“SBLE”) web page.

Policy on Re-grading – SBLE’s re-grade policy applies to applicants who did not attain a passing score following the initial grading of the written answers on the examination, but who fell within a certain range just below passing. The current policy is as follows: SBLE automatically re-grades the entire written test of each applicant whose initial total scale score was in the range from 396 to 405. During re-grading, Written Test question scores may be increased or left unchanged, but not lowered. The Written Test Score assigned during re-grading is the FINAL SCORE and is NOT SUBJECT TO APPEAL. The above-mentioned re-grading policy, as applied by the State Board of Law Examiners to those applicants who reached the re-grade range following the initial grading process, is a procedure utilized by the Board BEFORE the examination results are released. Once the initial grading and re-grading are concluded and the examination results are released, THERE IS NO FURTHER RE-GRADE PROCEDURE AND NO APPEAL IS PERMITTED.

Review of Examination Answers – Pursuant to Board Rule 8, SBLE offers candidates who were unsuccessful on the General Bar Examination the opportunity to review their examination answers and Representative Good Answers selected by the Board. Per Board Rule 8, all requests for review of examination answers must be made within 60 days of the date results are released, which is the date printed on your results letter. There are two (2) ways to review your answers:

(1) send by mail a written, signed request for a copy of your answers (http://www.mdcourts.gov/ble/pdfs/requestreviewofexamanswers.pdf) along with a check or money order for $20 payable to “State Board of Law Examiners,” and SBLE will mail complete copies of your answers and the MBE point sheet to you; or

(2) call SBLE at 410-260-3640 to schedule an appointment to review your answers in person at SBLE’s offices. Candidates reviewing in person may also request copies of their answers for $20, payable by check only (NO CASH). IMPORTANT - The in-person review process is NOT an interview and SBLE staff cannot provide any advice, commentary or tips on your exam performance.

For more information – Complete information on Maryland’s Bar Admission Rules, SBLE’s grading criteria and grading formulas, and use of the eBar electronic Bar application is available online at www.mdcourts.gov/ble. You may contact SBLE’s administrative office with questions regarding the answer review procedure, retake procedure, and for any other information regarding the General Bar Examination by email at sble@mdcourts.gov, or by telephone at 410-260-3640 during SBLE’s normal business hours – Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, except Court holidays.

Rev. October 2016 

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

The Maryland General Bar Examination and the Out-of-State Attorneys Examination

The State Board of Law Examiners expects to administer the General Bar Examination and the Out-of-State Attorneys Examination as scheduled, regardless of weather. In the event of inclement weather, candidates should presume the examination will be administered and report to their assigned examination sites.

Candidates should strongly consider arranging overnight accommodations within walking distance of their examination sites to avoid transportation difficulties in the event of inclement weather. The examination will be administered on time. Further, time will not be extended to accommodate candidates who arrive late due to weather-related travel issues.

The Maryland General Bar Examination and the Out-of-State Attorneys Examination will not be postponed unless weather conditions are so extreme that the operation of the examination facilities is disrupted by the weather.

In the event the Board determines that the examinations must be postponed, announcement of the decision will be made on the following radio stations: WBAL (1090 AM) in Baltimore and WTOP (1500 AM/107.7 FM) in Washington, D.C. The decision also will be posted on the Board’s link on the Judiciary’s webpage: www.mdcourts.gov.

The State Board of Law Examiners will make a decision independent of state and local governments, the courts, counties, and other agencies which may make weather announcements. You should assume that the Maryland General Bar Examination and the Out-of-State Attorneys Examination will be administered as scheduled unless there is an announcement which specifically states that the examinations have been postponed.

In the rare and unlikely event that the examinations are postponed, candidates will be notified by email of the new date for the examinations.

Shemer Bar Review is pleased to announce the launch of our new website and branding campaign.  In addition to introducing a new logo and color scheme, the new website supports interactive student accounts.  Existing students can review and edit account information, access Course Materials, make payments, upload profile pictures, and more.

Please feel free to take a look around and visit the Contact Us page to let us know what you think.

The July 2015 bar exam results are expected to be posted to the State Board of Law Examiners website on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 4:30 PM. Good luck!!

Pursuant to Rule 20(b) of the Rules Governing Admission to the Bar of Maryland, a Notice of Amendment to Board Rule 4 was published in the July 21, 2014 issue of The Daily Record. On May 8, 2014, the State Board of Law Examiners approved an amendment to the Commercial Transactions portion of Board Rule 4, to become effective with the July 2015 Maryland General Bar Examination, as follows: Examination-Subject Matter- Pursuant to section c of Rule 7 (Bar Examination), Rules Governing Admission to the Bar of Maryland, the subject matter of the Maryland Bar Examination is defined as follows: Commercial Transactions- The law governing commercial transactions derived from the following titles of the Maryland Code, Commercial Law Article: Sales (Title 2); Leases (Title 2a); Negotiable Instruments (Title 3); Bank Deposits & Collections (Title 4); Fund Transfers (Title 4a); Bulk Transfers (Title 6); and Secured Transactions (Title 9). Refer to the following link for more information.