New Mexico is currently operating under a state of emergency, as established by the governor. The impact on bar admissions in New Mexico is as follows:

February 2021 Bar Exam Applicants (see also information for all applicants, below):

September 2020 Bar Exam Applicants (see also information for all applicants, below):

February 2020 Bar Exam Applicants:

  • Character and fitness investigations and evaluations are expected to proceed on schedule. Character and fitness interviews and hearings, if called, may be affected. Please continue to watch your mail and email for updates and requests for information.

All Applicants:

  • Admissions staff are working remotely and only minor COVID-19-related delay is expected in application intake and processing. Character and fitness investigations and reviews are expected to continue under our normal schedule, but character and fitness interviews or hearings for some applicants will be affected.
  • Our office is not available for visits from applicants or other members of the public, even to drop off application materials. All applications must be sent via US Mail, FedEx, UPS, or similar. We recommend sending any such items with tracking – we are not able to confirm receipt of mailings except through regularly scheduled application updates. We do not recommend that you require a signature, as that may delay delivery.
  • Law schools may send transcripts and law school certification forms digitally, but those documents must come directly from the school or clearinghouse and may not be passed through the applicant first. The email address for such submissions is info@nmexam.org.
  • Some fingerprinting locations around the country have been closed or open under reduced hours due to COVID-19; the Board cannot waive the fingerprinting requirement, but fingerprints need not be submitted at the same time as the application.
  • The Governor of New Mexico has authorized remote notarization. The Board will accept properly-executed, remotely notarized documents.
  • Some jurisdictions report a delay in processing and sending out Certificates of Good Standing and Statements of Discipline. During this period, these items may be submitted within 45 days of issuance and may be sent by email directly to the Board by the relevant agency.
  • Board staff are busy processing and reviewing applications and have limited ability to respond to phone calls; no call will be returned if you do not leave a voice message. For a faster answer, please first check this website and the Rules Governing Admission. If your question is not answered in those places, email info@nmexam.org rather than calling.
  • Applicants who are recommended for admission will be advised of the Court’s interim licensure policies upon applicant certification to the Court.
  • Regular updates will continue to be made by email and, in some cases, mail; please watch for these communications and read them carefully before requesting information from our office. As always, our office is not able to provide one-off file updates.
  • Changes, should they occur, will be posted on this page.