Application by Bar Examination

  • New Mexico administers the Uniform Bar Examination.
  • This page is only for first-time applicants to sit for the bar exam in New Mexico. If you would like to retake or defer the exam, visit this page instead.
  • If you did not receive a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, see Information for Non-ABA Applicants.
  • 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.

To apply for the bar exam, complete the steps below.

Step One: Read the Following Documents

Step 2: Gather and Complete the Forms for Your Application Packet

  1. Bar Exam Checklist and Instructions
  2. Confirmation of NCBE Number Certification, including exam date and state to be administered
  3. Character and Fitness Application and Acknowledgement Page
  4. NMBBE Authorization and Release Forms
  5. Character and Fitness Statement
  6. Current credit report 
  7. Statement[s] of Discipline and Good Standing from any state in which you are or have been licensed
  8. Laptop Release of Liability Form
  9. Test Accommodation Request, if applicable. View the policy, instructions, and forms

Step 3: Prepare Your Application Fee

Step 4: Request Other Documents

The following documents must be requested by you and sent directly to our office by the issuing entity:

Step 5: Make Copies of All Documents from Steps 2 and 3

  • This is for your records. Originals must be sent in your application packet.

Step 6: Mail Your Application

  • All documents from Steps 2 and 3 should be sent as a single packet (incomplete packets will be automatically rejected) to:

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

  • We recommend getting a tracking number for your packet as we cannot answer questions about whether materials have arrived.

  • All deadlines are in-office, and not postmark deadlines. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Step 7: Class in New Mexico Law

  • This day-long, required class is scheduled for the Thursday immediately following the administration of the bar exam; you will be registered automatically upon receipt of your complete application.

Deadlines & Fees

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

Exam Dates: July 27 & 28, 2021

July 29, 2021: Required Course in New Mexico Law

January 1, 2021: Application acceptance period opens

January 20, 2021 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, 2021 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 3, 2021 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 10, 2021 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.

Dates and fees are subject to change by order of the New Mexico Supreme Court.

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

February 22-23, 2022: Exam Dates

February 24, 2022: Required Course in New Mexico Law

August 16, 2021: Application acceptance period opens

September 20, 2021 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, 2021 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, 2021 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, 2021 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.

Dates and fees are subject to change by order of the New Mexico Supreme Court.

Exam Dates: July 26 & 27, 2022

July 28, 2022: Required Course in New Mexico Law

January 1, 2022: Application acceptance period opens

January 20, 2022 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 4, 2022 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, 2022 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 10, 2022 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.

Dates and fees are subject to change by order of the New Mexico Supreme Court.