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Bar Exam Deferral and Re-Examination

Applicants may re-take or defer the exam. For an application to be counted as a re-take, the applicant must have failed the New Mexico bar exam at least one time. For an application to be considered a deferral, the deferred application may only be an application to the New Mexico bar, and not to another state’s bar.

Deferral

You may defer the exam at no cost one time. You need not take the exam at the next sitting, but if your deferred exam was within one year of your graduation and your new exam is greater than one year, you will be charged the difference ($500) between the two exam periods. Following your first deferral, you will be charged the full retake fee should you choose to defer again (see sidebar). Deferral may be made up to the Friday before the bar exam and should be made in writing, either by mail or email to info@nmexam.org. Do not indicate your desired new exam date in this communication.

To defer your exam:
  1. Deferral may be made up to the Friday before the bar exam and should be made in writing, either by mail or email to info@nmexam.org. Do not indicate your desired new exam date in this communication.

The deferral application deadline is the same as the retake application deadline. Please note that our deadlines are in-office, and not postmark deadlines. To set your new exam date, you must submit the following documents:

If applying to sit for the exam within one year of deferral:
  1. Letter indicating which exam date you wish to sit, signed in the original. This may not be the same document by which you notify the Board that you wish to defer.
  2. Application addendum indicating any changes to your most recent application form. If no changes, please so state in your letter (above).
  3. Laptop Release Form (optional).
  4. Difference in application fee, if applicable (see above).
  5. You must also submit any document that you did not submit with your original application; see this page for the full list of required documents.

In addition, if you have been admitted in one or more other states since sending your most recent application form, a Certificate of Good Standing from the state or states must be submitted before you may be admitted in New Mexico.

If applying to sit for the exam more than one year from deferral:
  • All of the forms listed below for retake applicants.
  • Difference in application fee, if applicable (see above).

In addition, if you have been admitted in one or more other states since sending your most recent application form, a Certificate of Good Standing from the state or states must be submitted before you may be admitted in New Mexico.

Retake

The following documents must be submitted by the retake filing deadline. Please note that our deadlines are in-office, and not postmark deadlines. Forms are available on the lower right side of this page.

  1. A cover letter, stating that you are submitting a retake application and, if available, your already assigned applicant number.
  2. Application form. One copy signed and notarized. Please take the time to make a copy for your records.  May be printed double-sided.
  3. 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.
  4. One NCBE release form and one NMBBE release form, notarized and signed in the original.
  5. If not already submitted or submitted more than a year prior: A credit report with credit score from one of the three major credit reporting agencies printed within 30 days of submission of your application for admission. This credit report MUST be included with your application. A free credit report is available once every twelve months on www.annualcreditreport.com.  May be printed double-sided.
  6. Laptop Release of Liability Form (optional). You must submit a release of liability form to use your laptop to write the exam. However, if you change your mind and choose not take the exam on laptop, submitting the form does not commit you to registering for the software.
  7. Test Accommodation Request (optional). Please see instructions for accommodation requests.

You must also submit any document that you did not submit with your original application; see this page for the full list of required documents.

In addition, if you have been admitted in one or more other states since sending your most recent application form, a Certificate of Good Standing from the state or states must be submitted before you may be admitted in New Mexico.

Application materials must be mailed:

New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners
20 First Plaza Center NW, Suite 710
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Deadlines

February 27-28, 2018: Exam Dates

March 1, 2018: Required Course in New Mexico Law

December 11, 2017 at 5 p.m.: Re-exam & Deferral Filing Deadline

Re-exam & Deferred Filing Fees: 

  • Applicants within one year of their first failed New Mexico Bar Exam: $100
  • Applicants who registered but deferred taking the exam once, at the next exam administration: your prior exam fee will be applied to the new exam; if your fee has changed, you will need to pay the balance
  • Applicants more than one year from their first New Mexico Bar Exam or who have deferred more than once: $1000

No re-examination or deferral applications will be accepted after the filing deadline and no part of the filing fee is refundable. 

 

July 24-25, 2018: Exam Dates

July 26, 2018: Required Class in New Mexico Law

May 10, 2018 at 5 p.m.: Re-exam & Deferral Filing Deadline

Re-exam & Deferred Filing Fees: 

  • Applicants within one year of their first failed New Mexico Bar Exam: $100
  • Applicants who registered but deferred taking the exam once, at the next exam administration: your prior exam fee will be applied to the new exam; if your fee has changed, you will need to pay the difference
  • Applicants more than one year from their first New Mexico Bar Exam or who have deferred more than once: $1000

No re-examination or deferral applications will be accepted after the filing deadline and no part of the filing fee is refundable.