Application by Bar Examination

Please note that the New Mexico Supreme Court has ordered the July 2020 bar exam be rescheduled to September 2020. Deadlines and fees (visible to the right side of this webpage) are unchanged.

Uniform Bar Examination Courtesy Seating: Starting with the February 2021 bar exam, New Mexico does not allow UBE Courtesy Seating, defined as examination of individuals who do not intend to be licensed in New Mexico.

Process and Forms

All applicants to the New Mexico Bar must take an in-person course in New Mexico law [link] prior to admission. This course is scheduled for the Thursday immediately following the Tuesday and Wednesday administration of the bar exam and you will be registered automatically upon receipt of your complete application.

Before beginning your application, please read:

The following documents must be submitted by the filing deadline: 

  1. Bar Examination Checklist and Instructions [pdf]
  2. Application Fee (paid by check/money order or Credit Card Authorization Form [pdf])
  3. Character and Fitness Application [link], including the associated Acknowledgement Page and NCBE Releases [NCBE releases are no longer required, but NMBBE releases (below) are still required]
  4. Statistical Data Form [pdf]
  5. NMBBE Authorization and Release Forms [pdf]
  6. Character and Fitness Statement[pdf]
  7. Current credit report [link]
  8. Statement[s] of Discipline and Good Standing from any state in which you are or have been licensed
  9. Confirmation of NCBE Number Certification, including exam date and state to be administered
  10. Laptop Release of Liability Form [pdf]
  11. Test Accommodation Request, if applicable. View the policy, instructions, and forms [link]

Please keep copies of all documents that you submit to our office. To receive a copy of your submitted materials, you must pay a fee and request a copy of your file [link].

The following documents must be submitted before you can be approved to sit for for the exam, but may be submitted after the application deadline:

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

Unable to fill in PDFs on your computer? Download the latest version of Adobe Reader here [link].

Application materials must be mailed to:

New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners
Attn: Bar Examination
2440 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Suite 280
Albuquerque, NM 87110

Please note that our deadlines are in-office, and not postmark deadlines. Incomplete applications will be rejected. You are strongly recommended to mail your application materials with tracking, as our staff cannot answer questions about whether materials have arrived in our office.

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 [link] through the New Mexico State Bar. Please see this page for more information [link].

Deadlines:

Exam Dates: September 9 & 10, 2020

July 30, 2020: Required Course in New Mexico Law, online

January 1, 2020: Application acceptance period opens

January 20, 2020 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, 2020 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 4, 2020 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

No first-time applications to the New Mexico bar will be accepted after the late deadline, and no part of the filing fee or late fee is refundable. 

May 11, 2020 at 5 p.m.: Re-examination and Post-deferral Filing Deadline [link]Please see the re-examination page (link above) if you have already taken the New Mexico Bar Exam one or more times or if you wish to reapply following a deferral. No repeat or post-deferral applications to the New Mexico bar will be accepted after the re-examination and post-deferral filing deadline, and no part of the filing fee or late fee is refundable. 

All deadlines are in-office deadlines, not mailing deadlines.

UBE Courtesy Seating: Starting with the February 2021 examination, the NMBBE does not accept UBE Courtesy Seating applicants. 

February 23-24, 2021: Exam Dates

February 25, 2021: Required Course in New Mexico Law

August 15, 2020: Application acceptance period opens

September 21, 2020 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, 2019 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 2, 2019 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

No first-time applications to the New Mexico bar will be accepted after the late deadline, and no part of the filing fee or late fee is refundable. 

December 10, 2019 at 5 p.m.: Re-examination and Post-deferral Filing Deadline [link]

  • Please see the re-examination and post-deferral page (link above) if you have already taken the New Mexico Bar Exam one or more times or if you wish to reapply following a deferral. No repeat or post-deferral applications to the New Mexico bar will be accepted after the re-examination and post-deferral filing deadline, and no part of the filing fee or late fee is refundable. 

All deadlines are in-office deadlines, not mailing deadlines.