Colorado Supreme Court

Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel

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Eligibility Requirements for Application by Uniform Bar Exam Score Transfer

In accordance with C.R.C.P. 203.3, admission based upon a qualifying Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) score is available to those who have achieved a UBE score in another jurisdiction no more than three years preceding application for admission in Colorado. A minimum qualifying UBE scaled score of 276 is required. A UBE score earned more than three years but less than five years prior to filing an application in Colorado may qualify with additional law practice experience.

UBE scores are transferred directly from the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) to the Office of Attorney Admissions through a secure communication link. UBE scores may not be transferred until after the date upon which the scores were released in the jurisdiction where the UBE score was achieved. UBE scores may be transferred to the Office of Attorney Admissions prior to submitting an application; however, UBE scores must be received no later than 45 days after filing a UBE application in Colorado. Each candidate is responsible for requesting a UBE score transfer from NCBE to this office.

Persons who file a UBE application, but whose application is determined not eligible, may transfer the application to the next scheduled bar exam or withdraw the application. No refunds will be given. A decision to transfer a UBE application to the bar examination or to withdraw a UBE application must be submitted in writing no later than 30 days following the determination that a UBE application is not eligible.

Pursuant to C.R.C.P. 203.3:

1. Score Transfer, Generally. An applicant who has taken the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) in a jurisdiction other than Colorado, and who meets the following requirements may, upon motion, be admitted to the practice of law in Colorado based upon UBE score transfer. The applicant under this rule shall:

  1. Have earned a UBE score that is passing, based upon the general standards of performance set by the Supreme Court, in an administration of the UBE taken within the three years immediately preceding the date upon which the motion is filed;
  2. Be otherwise eligible to sit for the UBE in Colorado under C.R.C.P. 203.4;
  3. Establish that the applicant is currently a member in good standing in all jurisdictions where admitted, if any;
  4. Establish that the applicant is not currently subject to attorney discipline or the subject of a pending disciplinary matter in any jurisdiction;
  5. Establish that the applicant possesses the character and fitness required of all applicants for admission to the practice of law in Colorado as set forth in C.R.C.P. 208; and
  6. Pay the required application fee.

2. Score Transfer, Three to Five Years. If the transferred UBE score was earned more than three years but less than five years before the date upon which the motion was filed, the applicant may qualify for admission under this rule if the applicant also establishes that the applicant has been primarily engaged in the active practice of law, as defined in C.R.C.P. 203.2(2), for at least two years immediately preceding the date of the application in another jurisdiction of the United States wherein the applicant is a member in good standing and authorized to practice law throughout the aforesaid two-year period.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE): click here for more information on the MPRE requirements for UBE Score Transfer applicants.

Practicing with Professionalism Course: click here for more information on the professionalism course requirements for UBE Score Transfer applicants.

Taking the Oath: Pursuant to C.R.C.P. 211.3(1) and (2), UBE score transfer applicants must take the oath of admission no more than eighteen months following the application approval by the Colorado Supreme Court.