How Long Do I Have To Transfer A UBE Score?—JD Advising
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How Long Do I Have to Transfer a UBE Score?

A common misconception of the UBE is that, once you pass it, you can transfer a UBE score to a new jurisdiction at any time. However, this is untrue!

Depending on the state you want to transfer your score to, you may have as little as two years to transfer your score! You also may have to pass a state-specific exam to be admitted to the bar.

Below, we break down exactly how long you have to transfer a UBE score in each state that accepts the UBE. We also note if there are any other special considerations to be aware of!

Updated 12/28/21, check the NCBE for the most up-to-date information on score transfer timelines and state-specific components.

How Long Do I Have to Transfer a UBE Score?

Alabama

Alabama allows lawyers to transfer their UBE scores for 25 months of passing the exam. This state also requires anyone applying to transfer a score to pass a state-specific exam.

Alaska

Alaska allows lawyers to transfer their UBE scores with 5 years (60 months) of passing the exam.

Arizona

Arizona allows lawyers to transfer their UBE scores with 5 years (60 months) of passing the exam. This state also requires anyone applying to transfer a score to pass a state-specific exam.

Colorado

Colorado allows lawyers to transfer UBE scores with 3 years (36 months) of passing the exam. This state also allows scores up between 3 and 5 years old to be transferred. However, the lawyer must show 2 years of active law practice preceding their application for Colorado to qualify.

Connecticut

Connecticut allows lawyers to transfer UBE scores within 5 years of passing the exam.

D.C.

D.C. allows lawyers to transfer UBE scores within 5 years (60 months) of passing the exam.

Idaho

37 months.

Illinois

4 years.

Indiana

5 years.

Iowa

Iowa allows lawyers to transfer UBE scores within 2 to 5 years of passing the exam. This state also requires these lawyers to show the active practice of law for 2 of the 3 years proceeding their attempt to transfer their score.

Kansas

Kansas allows lawyers to transfer UBE scores for 3 years (36 months) of passing the exam.

Kentucky

5 years.

Massachusetts

3 years. This state will also require anyone applying to transfer a score to pass a state-specific exam.

Michigan

Michigan is adopting the UBE for the Feb 2023 exam, and it will possibly allow lawyers to transfer UBE scores within 3 years (36 months) of passing the exam.

Minnesota

Minnesota allows lawyers to transfer UBE scores within 3 years (36 months) of passing the exam.

Missouri

Missouri allows lawyers to transfer UBE scores within 5 years of passing the exam. This state also requires anyone applying to transfer a score to pass a state-specific exam.

Montana

Montana allows lawyers to transfer UBE scores within 3 years (36 months) of passing the exam. This state also requires anyone applying to transfer a score to pass a state-specific exam.

Nebraska

Nebraska allows lawyers to transfer UBE scores within 5 years (60 months) of passing the exam.

New Hampshire

3 years/5 years.

New Jersey

The state of New Jersey allows lawyers to transfer UBE scores within 3 years (36 months) of passing the exam.

New Mexico

3 years.

New York

The state of New York allows lawyers to transfer UBE scores within 3 years (36 months) of passing the exam. This state also requires anyone applying to pass a state-specific exam.

North Carolina

3 years.

North Dakota

North Dakota allows lawyers to transfer UBE scores within 2 years (24 months) of passing the exam.

Ohio

5 years.

Oklahoma

3/5 years.

Oregon

3 years. This state will also not require anyone applying to transfer a score to pass a state-specific exam.

Pennsylvania

The maximum age of transferred UBE score in Pennsylvania has not yet been determined.

South Carolina

South Carolina allows lawyers to transfer UBE scores within 3 years (36 months) of passing the exam. This state also requires anyone applying to transfer a score to pass a state-specific exam.

Texas

2 years/5 years.

Utah

Utah allows lawyers to transfer UBE scores within 3 years/5 years of passing the exam. This is the rule for 5 years: “the UBE may be transferable for up to five years from the administration of the UBE in which the passing score was earned if the Attorney Applicant can prove by clear and convincing evidence that they have been admitted to a U.S. state, territory, or the District of Columbia and has been actively engaged in the Full-time Practice of Law as defined in Rule 14-701 for at least one-half of the time period since the score was earned.”

Vermont

Vermont allows lawyers to transfer UBE scores within 3 years (36 months) of passing the exam. This state also allows scores to be transferred up to 5 years (60 months). This, however, requires the applicant to show they practiced law full-time in the intervening years.

Washington

Washington allows lawyers to transfer UBE scores within 40 months of passing the exam. This state also requires anyone applying to transfer a score to pass a state-specific exam.

West Virginia

West Virginia allows lawyers to transfer UBE scores within 3 years (36 months) of passing the bar exam.

Wyoming

Wyoming allows lawyers to transfer UBE scores within 3 years (36 months) of passing the bar exam.

Virgin Islands

3 years.