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MARYLAND STATE BOARD OF LAW EXAMINERS COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE

Applicants visiting SBLE’s administrative office are subject to COVID-19 health screening, including a no-contact temperature check, and mask requirements upon entry to Judiciary buildings.

Update for October 29, 2021 – Court of Appeals establishes limitation on seating capacity and COVID-19 vaccination/testing policy for the February 2022 UBE in Maryland.

On October 29, 2021, the Court of Appeals of Maryland issued an Administrative Order establishing a seating capacity limit and COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy for the February 2022 UBE in Maryland, which will be administered an in-person, paper-based test only.  Seating at the exam will initially be limited to 500 applicants. SBLE will accept Notices of Intent for filing on a first-come, first-served basis until the capacity limit is reached. If and when the seating capacity limit is reached, SBLE will maintain a waiting list of applicants from which it has received Notices of Intent that are ready to be accepted for filing, also on a first-come, first-served basis.  Applicants whose Notices of Intent are accepted for filing will be required to provide satisfactory evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 as early as possible after filing, but no later than February 1, 2022. Any applicant not providing proof of vaccination by the February 1, 2022 deadline will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result in-person on the morning of the first day of the February 2022 UBE in Maryland from a PCR/NAAT test for COVID-19 drawn not more than 4 days prior to the first day of the exam in order to enter the examination facility.  

Because the results of the July 2021 UBE in Maryland will not be released until Friday, November 5, 2021 and in order to provide an equal opportunity within the capacity limit for all applicants to file a Notice of Intent to Take the February 2022 UBE in Maryland, SBLE will accept February 2022 Notices of Intent beginning Monday, November 8, 2021. 

SBLE will provide further guidance regarding the seating capacity limit and COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy during the week of November 1-5, 2022.  Updated information on the February 2022 exam locations, exam filing requirements, exam fees, and registration deadlines is now available on the Admission by UBE - Exam in Maryland page.

UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 – February 2022 UBE in Maryland to be administered in-person

On June 1, 2021, the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) announced that February 2022 bar exam materials will be made available to jurisdictions for paper-based in-person testing only, uunless restrictions by a public health authority prohibit a jurisdiction from administering the February exam in person. Maryland does not currently have restrictions that would prohibit in-person testing. As such, SBLE expects to administer an in-person, paper-based UBE in February 2022. Appropriate COVID-19 safety precautions will be determined and announced closer to the test dates. Information on the February 2022 exam locations, exam filing requirements, exam fees, and registration deadlines is now available on the Admission by UBE - Exam in Maryland page. Updated exam day information is now available on the Exam Day Information page.

Remote Bar Exam FAQs (July 2021): PDF | Word

Portability of Scores Earned on the October 2020 Remote Bar Exam in Maryland

Applicants who took the October 2020 Remote Bar Exam in one of the reciprocal jurisdictions listed above may apply for admission in Maryland under the rules pertaining to the transfer of UBE scores. See the Admission by UBE Transfer (UBT) page of this website for more information.

BAR ADMISSIONS CEREMONIES:

During the emergency, SBLE will continue to clear applicants to the Court for admission as appropriate. The Clerk’s Office will communicate directly with eligible applicants for scheduling purposes.

 


 

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