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UBE Watch: Two more states coming in 2017

Uniform Bar Exam

It has been just shy of two months since the needle has moved on the number of states who have adopted the Uniform Bar Exam. But you can now add Connecticut and West Virginia to the list.

Connecticut will start administering the exam beginning in February 2017, according to the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Transferred scores will be accepted starting Sept. 5, according to the organization’s site.

West Virginia will come later in the year, accepting transferred scores starting in July 2017. That state’s test already included tests which comprise the UBE: the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE).

Erica Moeser, president and CEO of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, said in the release:

We welcome West Virginia to the family of jurisdictions that have adopted the UBE. I expect the UBE to be a good fit since West Virginia already uses the same test components in its bar exam.

Madeleine Nibert, the West Virginia Supreme Court’s Bar Admissions administrator, stated:

West Virginia’s adoption of the UBE will provide greater flexibility to applicants, who may be able to avoid sitting for essentially the same examination in multiple states.

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