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Bar Exam Application

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.

Examinees who only wish to sit in New Mexico in order to transfer their scores to other states must submit all required items listed under “The following documents must be submitted by the filing deadline” and “The following documents must be submitted before you can be approved to sit for for the exam,” below.

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, 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. Please note: Starting with the July 2018 exam, examinees must use the NCBE Character and Fitness Application form as their New Mexico application form. You may preview this form via the link on the lower right of this page.
  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; not Credit Karma) 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 or you may submit a full, paid report from any of the three agencies. Reports secured through third parties (including Credit Karma) 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. Upon registration for the software, you will pay $100 directly to ExamSoft, our software provider.
  10. Three character and fitness statements from attorneys in good standing in any jurisdiction in the United States. You should request three attorneys that know you to complete these forms. These attorneys must 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.
  11. Confirmation of NCBE Number Certification. All examinees are required to certify to the National Conference of Bar Examiners that they will be sitting for the exam in this state. To certify your NCBE number:
    1. Log into or create your NCBE account at www.ncbex.org
    2. Along the left-hand side of the Dashboard, select Bar Exams
    3. Select Bar Exam Date Month: [select applicable month]
    4. Select Bar Exam Date Year: [select applicable year]
    5. Select Testing Jurisdiction: New Mexico
    6. Click Add New, then print the confirmation page and include a copy of that printout with your application packet.
  12. Test Accommodation Request, if applicable. 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 copies and photocopies are not acceptable.

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. This course is offered on the Thursday following the bar exam and examinees are automatically registered.
  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 years before filing a first application for admission in New Mexico will be accepted. This board does not administer the MPRE 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. You are strongly encouraged to complete this step prior to the exam.
  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. If you become licensed after submitting your application to New Mexico, you must also submit a certificate from that new state.

Application materials must be mailed to:
New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners
20 First Plaza Center NW, Suite 710
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Following admission:

All attorneys sworn in to practice law in New Mexico must submit, within 30 days of licensure, the New Lawyer Application/Deferment/Exemption form through the New Mexico State Bar. Please see this page for more information [link].

Deadlines:

February 27-28, 2018: Exam Dates

March 1, 2018: Required Course in New Mexico Law

August 1, 2017: Application acceptance period opens

September 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

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

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

December 4, 2017 at 5 p.m.: Final Late Filing Deadline for all first-time applicants to the New Mexico bar

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

December 11, 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 to the New Mexico bar will be accepted after the final late filing deadline, and no part of the filing fee or late fee is refundable. All deadlines are in-office deadlines, not mailing deadlines.

July 24-25, 2018: Exam Dates

July 26, 2018: Required Course in New Mexico Law

December 1, 2017: Application acceptance period opens

January 22, 2018 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, 2018 at 5 p.m.: First Late Filing Deadline for all first-time applicants to the New Mexico bar

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

May 2, 2018 at 5 p.m.: Final Late Filing Deadline for all first-time applicants to the New Mexico bar

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

May 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 to the New Mexico bar will be accepted after the late deadline in May, and no part of the filing fee or late fee is refundable. All deadlines are in-office deadlines, not mailing deadlines.