Uniform Bar Exam
Washington begins using the Uniform Bar Exam in July 2013. In addition to the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), applicants must take and pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE), and, the Washington Law Component (WLC), which is an online open book multiple choice test on Washington specific law. Information about the content of the UBE and MPRE is available on the website for the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Washington's policies for the UBE are in the WSBA Admission Policies.
If you have a UBE score of 270 or higher from another state, you can transfer your score to Washington for up to 40 months after the date of the administration of the UBE in which the score was earned. The MPRE score must be acquired 3 years before or after the date you sat for the UBE. UBE transfer applicants may apply beginning March 1, 2013, and must have an acceptable UBE transfer score at the time of application. UBE transfer applicants may be admitted on this basis beginning July 1, 2013.
An exception will be made for the July 2013 UBE only, to accept Washington's professional responsibility exam in lieu of the MPRE for those applicants who previously passed the Washington professional responsibility exam within 25 months prior to the July 2013 exam, but who failed the substantive portion of the Washington bar exam.
An exception will be made to use a passing MPRE score in lieu of Washington’s professional responsibility exam for those applicants who pass the substantive portion of the Washington bar exam but fail the professional responsibility portion under the following terms and conditions:
All other repeat applicants must sit for and pass the UBE and the MPRE.
All applicants applying for the MPRE or the UBE are required to obtain a unique NCBE number. Please refer to the NCBE Number webpage to obtain your NCBE number.
When answering the MEE and MPT portions of the UBE, you will:
The MEE and MPT will be graded on a scale of 1 to 6. See the WSBA Grading Standards for a definition of each score.
You will not need to bring anything with you to complete the MBE. Pencils will be provided.
The MPRE is separately administered from the UBE. Information about how to apply for the MPRE is available from the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
The WSBA does not provide MPRE score information to your law school so your law school may ask you for your MPRE scores for statistical purposes.
In order to be admitted to practice law in Washington, you must successfully pass the Washington Law Component. This online test is based on the Washington Law Component (WLC) Research Materials, which include 15 outlines on various subjects of law. The purpose of the WLC is to educate new lawyers in Washington about areas of law that are unique to Washington law or that are substantially different from the law tested on the Uniform Bar Exam.
You will be able to access the test from your online admissions account after you submit your application and pay the application fee. There are 60 multiple choice questions to be answered in no more than four hours. You will have access to the research materials while taking the test. You must answer 80% of the questions correctly to pass.
Information on how to request score transcripts
MPRE Score Reporting Services
UBE Transcript Services
Information about the bar exam and how to apply.
Links to the APR, RPC, Bylaws, etc.
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