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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.

Individuals may be eligible to apply for admission based on:

  • UBE scaled score of 260 or above if the application is filed within two years of the date of the UBE examination


  • MBE scaled score of 150 or above if the application is filed within two years of the date of the MBE examination and applicant is admitted in the jurisdiction where the MBE exam was written

An applicant who fails to achieve a passing score after taking six UBE or MBE bar examinations may not be admitted based on eligibility by test score.

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 through the NCBE website.  However, additional documents and an application fee are required to be filed directly with the State Board of Law Examiners. Your application is not considered received until the application fee and the core documents listed in the instructions are timely received at the Board’s office. Please carefully follow the instructions or your application may be rejected.

Mail to:

State Board of Law Examiners
600 E. Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58505-0530