Uniform Bar Exam

Washington began 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 pass score on the UBE is 270.
  • Washington's pass score on the MPRE is 85. The MPRE score is valid if you earned the score three years prior to sitting for the UBE or up to one year after sitting for the UBE.
  • Washington's pass score on the WLC is 80%. You may take the WLC anytime after filing your application up until one year after sitting for the UBE.

Taking the UBE

Required NCBE Number

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.

MEE/MPT

When answering the MEE and MPT portions of the UBE, you will:

  • have the choice to use your laptop computer using ExamSoft's Softest software.
  • have NO character limits.
  • have no access to spell-check on Softest (hand writers do not have spell-check so this keeps it fair for all applicants).
  •  have the ability to bold and underline.
  • have the ability to copy/cut and paste while traditional methods for hand writers of referring to above sections or using arrows will still be acceptable.
  • have scratch paper available on your table.

MBE

You will need to bring wooden, soft lead No. 2 pencils – no mechanical pencils are permitted

MPRE

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.

Scoring and Results

Washington’s Board of Bar Examiners is responsible for the grading of the MEE and MPT portions of the UBE.  In order to assure fairness and uniformity in grading, the Board of Bar Examiners follows NCBE-prescribed standards for grading.

Applicants are provided with the scaled written (MEE+MPT) score, MBE score, and total UBE score only. Unsuccessful applicants will receive copies of their written essay and performance exam questions and answers and written raw scores. No other results information or examination materials will be provided to the applicants. There is no review or appeal of final examination results.

The following list of articles, published by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, provides additional information on the scoring process.

Interpreting Performance On Bar Examinations-Which Score Types Make the Grade?

Frequently Asked Questions About Scaling Written Test Scores To The MBE

Demystifying Scaling To The MBE: How’d You Do That?

What Everyone Needs To Know About Testing, Whether They Like It Or Not 

MEE and MPT Grading Standards

Transferring A UBE Score 

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. You must have sat for the full UBE.  Washington only accepts official UBE score transcripts in their entirety.  We do not accept score transfers for the individual test components, nor do we allow applicants to register for select parts of the exam.

UBE transfer applicants must have an acceptable UBE transfer score at the time of application

UBE Transfer applicants may submit a completed application at anytime.

For UBE transfer applicants who are licensed in another jurisdiction, it takes approximately 4-6 months from the time an application is submitted for the application to be approved.  

For applicants who have never been admitted in another jurisdiction, it takes approximately 2-3 months from the time an application is submitted for the application to be approved. 

Once the application is approved, applicants will receive an email notification.

Note: You have one year from the date of submitting your application to complete the admissions process. After one year, you will need to submit a new application and fee. You may withdraw your application at any time subject to a $300 non-refundable administrative fee. Fees paid to the NCBE are also non-refundable.

Washington Law Component (WLC)

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.

Any discrepancy or conflict between the information provided here and the rules and regulations set by the Washington State Supreme Court, or the bylaws and policies of the Washington State Bar Association, is unintentional and will be resolved in favor of strict compliance with the rules, regulations, bylaws and policies.

Official Score Transcript Requests

Information on how to request score transcripts

MPRE Score Reporting Services

UBE Transcript Services

 

Application Instructions

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Start a Bar Exam Application

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Rules and Regulations

Links to the APR, RPC, Bylaws, etc.