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Admission By Transferred UBE Score

Who is eligible to be admitted by a transferred UBE score?

  • The applicant must have an eligible UBE score of 266 or above. The UBE score must either be (2) from a UBE administered within two years immediately preceding the transfer application filing date or (2) it will be accepted up to five years after the UBE administration if you have been regularly engaged in the practice of law for at least two of the last three years immediately preceding the transfer application filing date. The certified score must be received by the board within three months after the application is filed.
  • The applicant must have received an LL.B. or a J.D. degree from a reputable law school fully or provisionally approved by the American Bar Association at the time the applicant graduated to be eligible for admission by transferred UBE score.

How do I apply?

  • Applicants must submit a completed UBE Application Form (PDF). Applicants must supplement the application if answers must be amended due to changed circumstances or if necessary to correct errors or omissions.
  • You may not submit the score yourself. The score must be received directly from the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Check the National Conference of Bar Examiners website for information on how to request and send your score directly to our office).
  • The transfer application must be accompanied by a $900 filing fee.

What are the other requirements?

  • The applicant must cause a scaled MPRE score of at least 80 to be filed with the board of law examiners. The score must be transferred directly to the board by the NCBE or by the state in which the MPRE score was earned if not available through the NCBE.  There is no date requirement on the MPRE score for UBE transfer applicants.
  • Applicants seeking admission by transferred UBE score must undergo a character and fitness investigation by the Iowa board of law examiners. Applicants whose initial applications, in the board's sole judgment, reveal substantial questions about the applicant's character and fitness to practice law will be directed to obtain an NCBE investigative report at the applicant's expense.

Further information on the UBE exam may be found at the NCBE website.

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