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Advisory Committee to Explore the Feasibility of Maryland’s Adoption of the Uniform Bar Examination

The Court of Appeals has appointed the Advisory Committee to Explore the Feasibility of Maryland’s Adoption of the Uniform Bar Examination (“UBE Committee”) to review whether Maryland should adopt the Uniform Bar Examination (“UBE”).  Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia have adopted the UBE, which is created by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, in place of a state-specific bar exam.  With some exceptions and restrictions, for a three-year period candidates who take the UBE may transfer their scores to any participating jurisdiction to seek admission there.  The UBE, if adopted by the Court, would replace the current Maryland Bar Examination, although the Court may also require a supplemental Maryland-specific test.  The UBE Committee expects to issue a report to the Court of Appeals by July 2017.