Application Process

Forms and deadlines are available on the right side of this page. Please note that our deadlines are in-office, and not postmark deadlines.

All applicants to the New Mexico Bar must take an in-person course in New Mexico law prior to admission.

The following documents must be submitted by the filing deadline: 

  1. New Mexico Bar Exam Cover Sheet (preferred for July 2017 exam, required for February 2018 exam), filled out in full and initialed. Additional instructions are found on this form and below.
  2. Application form. One copy signed and notarized. Please take the time to make a copy for your records. May be printed double-sided; must contain original signature.
  3. Statement of Social-Security Number. One copy signed and dated; must contain original signature.
  4. Statistical Data Sheet.
  5. Applicable filing fee in the form of a personal or business check, money order, or certified check payable to the NM Board of Bar Examiners or by credit card via our credit card authorization form. The Board does not accept cash payments.
  6. Three signed and notarized copies of the Authorization and Release Form for the National Conference of Bar Examiners; must contain original signatures.
  7. Two signed and notarized copies of the Authorization and Release Form for the New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners; must contain original signatures.
  8. A credit report, preferably with credit score, from one of the three major credit reporting agencies (Transunion, Equifax, or Experian) printed within 30 days of submitting your application. You may secure a free credit report from each of these agencies once per year at www.annualcreditreport.com. Reports secured through third parties and incomplete or abbreviated credit reports will not be accepted. May be printed double-sided.
  9. Laptop Release of Liability Form. You must submit a release of liability form to use your laptop to write the exam; must contain original signature. If you later change your mind and choose not take the exam on laptop, submitting the form does not commit you to registering for the software.
  10. Test Accommodation Request. View the policy, instructions, and forms.

The following documents must be submitted before you can be approved to sit for for the exam:

  1. Transcript from law school with evidence of graduation (do not send diploma) and law school certification form. Your final and complete official transcript from law school should indicate that you were awarded your J.D. and on what date. If you are a recent graduate, the Board understands that your final transcript might not be available by the filing deadline. It may be added to your file at a later date but must be received prior to the administration of the bar exam.The transcript must be sent to the Board’s office directly from the law school or university registrar. The law school certification form must be sent directly to the Board’s office from the law school. Student or Xerox copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three character and fitness statements from attorneys in good standing in any jurisdiction in the United States. With this packet there are three character and fitness statement forms. You should request three attorneys that know you to complete these forms. These attorneys should be in addition to those persons listed in the body of the application, specifically in Questions 5, 6, 26 and 27, and may not be family members. Law school professors may complete these forms, provided they are attorneys in good standing in any jurisdiction in the United States. Among other things, good standing means active membership in a state bar. You may collect these forms and include them with your application (preferred) or have them forwarded directly to the office. In either case, they must be originals and current. Submission of these forms will satisfy the requirement for three letters of recommendation required by the rules.

These items must be completed and/or submitted before you can be admitted to the Bar:

Examinees who do not intend to be licensed in New Mexico need not complete these steps. If you do not wish to be considered for licensure in New Mexico, and wish only to use your score in another UBE jurisdiction, please submit this online form [link].

  1. All applicants to the New Mexico Bar must take an in-person course in New Mexico law prior to admission.
  2. Passing Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination Score (MPRE). You must have a scaled score of 80 or better on the MPRE to satisfy this requirement. If you took this exam previously for another jurisdiction, you may have that score certified here. A passing scaled score of 80 or above achieved no more than five (5) years before filing a first application for admission in New Mexico will be accepted. This board does not administer that exam and you may take it in any location/state it is offered. To certify a score or register for the MPRE, please go to www.ncbex.org.
  3. FBI and NM State Criminal Records. Visit this page for information on securing these reports, which are sent directly to the Board by the appropriate agencies.
  4. Certificate of Good Standing from any state in which you are already licensed. This does not apply to any applicant who is not already licensed in another state.

Application materials must be mailed to:
Before February 15, 2017:
New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners
9420 Indian School Road N.E.
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87112

After February 15, 2017:
New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners
20 First Plaza NW, Suite 710
Albuquerque, NM 87102-5802

Deadlines

July 25-26, 2017: Exam Dates

July 27, 2017: Required Course in New Mexico Law

January 20, 2017 at 5 p.m.: Timely Receipt Deadline for all first-time applicants to the New Mexico Bar.  

Timely Receipt Filing Fees: 

  • Applicants within one year from law school graduation: $500
  • Applicants more than one year from law school graduation: $1000

April 2, 2017 at 5 p.m.: First Late Filing Deadline for all first-time applicants.

Late Deadline Filing Fees (includes $200 late fee): 

  • Applicants within one year from law school graduation: $700
  • Applicants more than one year from law school graduation: $1200

June 2, 2017 at 5 p.m.: Final Late Filing Deadline for all first-time applicants.

Late Deadline Filing Fees (includes $500 late fee): 

  • Applicants within one year from law school graduation: $1000
  • Applicants more than one year from law school graduation: $1500

June 10, 2017 at 5 p.m.: Re-exam Filing Deadline. Please see Re-Exam section if you have already taken the New Mexico Bar Exam one or more times.

No first time applications will be accepted after the late deadline on June 2, and no part of the filing fee or late fee is refundable. All deadlines are in-office deadlines, not mailing deadlines.

February 21-22, 2017: Exam Dates

February 23, 2017: Required Course in New Mexico Law

September 10, 2016 at 5 p.m.: Timely Receipt Deadline for all first-time applicants to the New Mexico Bar.  

Timely Receipt Filing Fees: 

  • Applicants within one year from law school graduation: $500
  • Applicants more than one year from law school graduation: $1000

November 2, 2016 at 5 p.m.: First Late Filing Deadline for all first-time applicants.

Late Deadline Filing Fees (includes $200 late fee): 

  • Applicants within one year from law school graduation: $700
  • Applicants more than one year from law school graduation: $1200

January 2, 2017 at 5 p.m.: Final Late Filing Deadline for all first-time applicants.

Late Deadline Filing Fees (includes $500 late fee): 

  • Applicants within one year from law school graduation: $1000
  • Applicants more than one year from law school graduation: $1500

January 10, 2017 at 5 p.m.: Re-exam Filing Deadline. Please see Re-Exam section if you have already taken the New Mexico Bar Exam one or more times.

No first time applications will be accepted after the late deadline on January 2, and no part of the filing fee or late fee is refundable. All deadlines are in-office deadlines, not mailing deadlines.

February 27-28, 2018: Exam Dates

March 1, 2018: Required Course in New Mexico Law

Deadline dates are tentative; please check after July 2017

August 1, 2017: Application acceptance period opens

September 10, 2017 at 5 p.m.: Timely Receipt Deadline for all first-time applicants to the New Mexico Bar.  

Timely Receipt Filing Fees: 

  • Applicants within one year from law school graduation: $500
  • Applicants more than one year from law school graduation: $1000

November 2, 2017 at 5 p.m.: First Late Filing Deadline for all first-time applicants.

Late Deadline Filing Fees (includes $200 late fee): 

  • Applicants within one year from law school graduation: $700
  • Applicants more than one year from law school graduation: $1200

January 2, 2018 at 5 p.m.: Final Late Filing Deadline for all first-time applicants.

Late Deadline Filing Fees (includes $500 late fee): 

  • Applicants within one year from law school graduation: $1000
  • Applicants more than one year from law school graduation: $1500

January 10, 2018 at 5 p.m.: Re-exam Filing Deadline. Please see Re-Exam section if you have already taken the New Mexico Bar Exam one or more times.

No first time applications will be accepted after the late deadline on January 2, and no part of the filing fee or late fee is refundable. All deadlines are in-office deadlines, not mailing deadlines.