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The New Hampshire Bar Exam: Home

This guide explains the process of applying for admission to the New Hampshire bar and taking the New Hampshire bar exam.

COVID 19 and the NH Bar Exam

Important Information  New Hampshire Bar Examination

This guide outlines the procedure in "normal" times for the New Hampshire Bar Exam.  The COVID 19 epidemic has meant that very little is "normal" right now.  It's best to keep up to date with news and orders as they come from the Court by visiting the Judicial Branch website at New Hampshire Judicial Branch - NH Bar Admissions (state.nh.us)

Other information about the New Hampshire Bar Exam, including mailing of forms, can be found at https://www.courts.state.nh.us/nhbar/

NH Bar

New Hampshire Supreme Court Rule 42  governs admission to the New Hampshire bar. It provides four ways for a person to become a member of the bar: (I) by examination; (II) by motion without examination; (III) by transferred Uniform Bar Examination ("UBE") score; and (IV) after completion of the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program.

Other Applicants for the Bar

Lawyers from other states may be admitted to the New Hampshire Bar by admission on motion.  Please consult the list of reciprocal jurisdictions.

Applicants may also be admitted by transferred Uniform Bar Exam, "UBE," score.  Applicants seeking admission on motion who have earned a UBE scaled score of 270 or better on a scale of 400 may apply for admission under Supreme Court Rule 42 (X).  Applicants applying by transferred UBE score must also pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, "MPRE."

Other requirements for admission on motion can be found here.

The New Hampshire Bar Exam

The NH Bar Exam is administered twice annually.  Once on the last Wednesday of February and the preceding day, and the other on the last Wednesday of July and the preceding day. The NH Bar Exam is held at the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord, New Hampshire.

MPRE

Successful completion of the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is a prerequisite for admission to the New Hampshire Bar. The New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners has established a scaled score of 79 as the passing level of performance for the MPRE.

The MPRE is developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). It is administered three times a year at many locations throughout the United States.

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