Bar Exam Application
An applicant for admission to the North Dakota Bar must be 18 years of age and have received a Juris Doctor or equivalent degree from a law school approved, or provisionally approved, for accreditation by the American Bar Association.
North Dakota administers the Uniform Bar Examination. For more information about the UBE and portability of scores, please visit: http://www.ncbex.org/about-ncbe-exams/ube/.
Administration of the February exam is dependent on ten or more applicants. Applications for the February exam must be postmarked by November 1 prior to the February exam for which application is made. Applications postmarked later than November 1, but by December 1 prior to the February exam for which application is made, shall be permitted upon payment of a late filing fee. Fees paid, excluding the investigative fee, will be refunded only in the event of less than ten applicants. The investigative fee is not refundable.
Applications to write the July exam must be postmarked by March 15 prior to the July exam for which application is made, and applications postmarked later than March 15, but by May 15 prior to the July exam for which application is made, shall be permitted upon payment of a late filing fee. Fees paid for the July exam are not refundable.
The Board of Law Examiners uses the services of the National Conference of Bar Examiners to assist in conducting an applicant's character and fitness investigation. The Application form is completed online at the NCBE website; however, all materials are required to be mailed to the State Board of Law Examiners. Please carefully follow the instructions and checklists below.
- February Bar Examination Instructions/Fees/Checklist
- July Bar Examination Instructions/Fees/Checklist
- Third Year Law Students-Instructions/Fees/Checklist
- Affidavit Updating Previous Application
- Exam Petition
- State Board of Law Examiners' Release Form
- Admission to Practice Rules
State Board of Law Examiners
Judicial Wing, 1st Floor
600 E. Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58505-0530