Rule 6. Admission by Bar Examination
Effective Date: 9/29/2021
A. All applicants for admission by bar examination:
1. must meet the requirements of Rules 1, 2 and 5;
2. shall apply to take the examination on forms provided by the Board.
3. must receive a scaled score of 260 or above on the North Dakota bar examination; and
4. must receive a scaled score of 85 or above on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) within five years of filing an application.
B. The North Dakota bar examination shall be the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), consisting of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), prepared by and given according to the standards established by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
C. Upon acceptance and approval of the application by the Board and the payment of the required fees, the applicant may take the bar examination. This general permission to the take the examination does not imply that an applicant has met all the requirements for admission to the bar of North Dakota.
D. The Board shall set the place of each examination, and announce the date and time of the examination.
E. An applicant whose disability requires testing accommodations shall submit with the application a written request on such forms as required under the Board's testing accommodations policy. The Board shall notify the applicant of its decision and provide an opportunity for reconsideration.
F. Taking into consideration the results of the bar examination, along with the applicant's moral character, the Board shall make a recommendation to the Supreme Court regarding the admission of each applicant to the bar.
G. An applicant who fails to achieve a passing score after taking six UBE or MBE bar examinations may not take additional bar examinations for admission in North Dakota.
H. If a negative recommendation or decision is based on the grounds that the applicant has failed to pass the bar examination or the lawyer's examination, upon written request, and payment of a reasonable copying fee, the applicant shall be provided copies of the appropriate point sheet or model analyses, prepared by or under the supervision of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, for that part of the applicant's examination. Any inspection and copying of the examination prepared and scored by or under the supervision of the National Conference of Bar Examiners will be as permitted by the guidelines and limitations prescribed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners or its designee.
[Amended effective August 1, 2001; March 1, 2009; September 1, 2010; April 1, 2013; September 29, 2021.]