|Information about Admission to the Montana Bar|
Eligibility for Admission:To be eligible for admission, you must:
1. Have earned a JD from an ABA accredited law school;
You are required to have an email address as email will be our primary communication method with you. The Guide to Montana Bar Admissions provides detailed information about applying for admission with links to forms, instructions and the application.
Upcoming Dates for Uniform Bar Exam & Montana Law Seminar:
Fees, Deadlines & Bar Exam Information:
The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE):Montana will accept the transfer of a score of 270 or greater from a qualified UBE exam within three years of the date of application. All UBE applicants are required to complete the application process outlined above through the NCBE and meet the requirements set forth in the Rules for Admission to the State Bar of Montana. Follow this link for more information about the Uniform Bar Exam.
The Montana Law Seminar (MLS):
All applicants must personally attend the Montana Law Seminar (MLS) as a requirement for admission. The MLS is given the day following each February and July bar exam at the site of the bar examination.
Registration and pay for the UBE and MLS:
Registration for the Montana Law Seminar and/or the Uniform Bar Exam is open only to applicants to the Montana State Bar. These fees are not refundable and applicants may wait until they have been certified by the Commission on Character & Fitness before submitting the fee. Please register and pay online or send a check or money order to Montana Bar Admissions at PO Box 577, Helena, MT 59624.
Defer to the next scheduled admission cycle:An applicant’s failure to appear for examination without first requesting a deferral in writing will result in the application being dismissed. After three deferrals, an applicant shall submit a new application and pay the application filing fee. To defer to the next exam, send the completed Addendum/Deferral form to the Bar Admissions Administrator with a check or you may pay the $20 fee online.
Reciprocity and Admission on Motion:Montana does not have reciprocity and there is no admission on motion. All applicants are required to sit for the Bar exam or may transfer a UBE score of 270 or higher earned within 3 years from the date of application.
ADA and Special Accommodation Requests:If you have a medical, physical, or cognitive disability, you may request that the bar examination be administered under reasonable conditions to accommodate your needs. You must make your request by submitting the Request for Testing Accommodation forms. An applicant who claims a disability and who seeks an accommodation on the bar examination must submit a request for the accommodation with supporting documentation by the application deadline. Applications for accommodations not submitted by the application deadline will not be considered, except where the disability occurs after the application filing deadline.
Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) Scores:It is the applicant's responsibility to have UBE scores from another jurisdiction certified to the State Bar of Montana. ALL applicants are required to sit for the Uniform Bar Exam (the MEE, MPT and MBE) or meet the requirements to transfer a UBE score. To have your UBE score certified to Montana, contact the National Conference of Bar Examiners at http://www.ncbex.org/about-ncbe-exams/ube/ube-transcript-services/.
Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) Scores:Montana no longer accepts transferred MBE scores and all examinees must sit for the MEE, MPT and MBE in a single exam cycle to earn a UBE score.
Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) Scores:A MPRE score of 80 or better earned within 3 years is not required prior to sitting for the UBE, but is required prior to admission to the Montana Bar. Montana does not give the MPRE, but information about registration and testing locations for the MPRE is available on the NCBE's website. It is the applicant's responsibility to have MPRE scores certified to the State Bar of Montana. Contact the NCBE at http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre/mpre-score-reporting-services/ to request your certified score be provided to Montana. A qualifying score must be certified to the Bar Admissions Administrator no later than nine (9) months after notification of successful completion of the Montana Bar Examination.
Certified Application Requests:To request that a copy of your Application to Montana be provided to another jurisdiction, please complete this request form or send a written request and a $15 check to Bar Admissions Administrator, State Bar of Montana, P.O. Box 577, Helena, MT 59624. Note: Application files are maintained for five years, after which, if no litigation is pending concerning the application, the file may be destroyed.
Bar Review Course:The Montana Board of Bar Examiners is not affiliated with any bar review course. The National Conference of Bar Examiners is responsible for development of the MEE, MPT and MBE, and we encourage applicants to review the NCBE website for study materials as well as mock exams and other exam preparation. Consult the Board of Bar Examiners' rules and review the information provided by the Bar Admissions Administrator and the National Conference of Bar Examiners.