(a) Notice of Intent to Take Another Scheduled UBE in Maryland. An unsuccessful applicant may file another Notice of Intent to Take the UBE in Maryland. The Notice of Intent shall be on the form prescribed by the Board and shall be accompanied by the required examination fee.

(b) Request for Test Accommodation. An applicant who seeks a test accommodation under the ADA for the bar examination shall indicate that request on the Notice of Intent and shall file an Accommodation Request pursuant to Rule 19-206 (b).

Committee note: An applicant who may need a test accommodation is encouraged to file an Accommodation Request as early as possible. 

Cross reference: See Rule 19-208 for the procedure to appeal a denial of a request for a test accommodation. 

(c) Time for Filing.

(1) Generally. An applicant who intends to take the July examination shall file a Notice of Intent to Take the UBE in Maryland, together with the prescribed fee, no later than the preceding May 20. An applicant who intends to take the examination in February shall file the Notice of Intent, together with the prescribed fee, no later than the preceding December 20.

(2) Late filing. Upon written request of an applicant and for good cause shown, the Board may accept a Notice of Intent filed after that deadline. If the Board rejects the Notice of Intent for lack of good cause for the untimeliness, the Board shall transmit written notice of the rejection to the applicant. The applicant may file an exception with the Court within five business days after notice of the rejection is transmitted.

(d) Three or More Failures in Maryland--Re-examination in Maryland Conditional. In this section, "bar examination in Maryland" includes the UBE in Maryland and a Maryland General Bar Examination given prior to June 30, 2019. If an applicant has failed three or more bar examinations in Maryland, the Board may condition retaking of the bar examination in Maryland on the successful completion of specified additional study.

Committee note: Prior failures in Maryland do not preclude the transfer of a qualifying UBE score to Maryland pursuant to Rule 19-207. 

(e) Withdrawal of Notice of Intent to Take the UBE in Maryland or Absence from Examination. If an applicant withdraws the Notice of Intent to Take a Scheduled UBE in Maryland or fails to attend and take the examination, the examination fee shall not be refunded. The Board may apply the examination fee to a subsequent examination if the applicant establishes good cause for the withdrawal or failure to attend.

When the Maryland Board of Law Examiners, DC Bar Committee on Admissions, or any character committee questions your character and fitness for bar admission, bar applicants should retain an attorney to assist in disclosing information relevant to character and fitness, to guide them through the bar admissions process, and to represent applicants in character committee hearings and in hearings before the Court of Appeals to determine whether they are fit to practice law. Character and fitness concerns may arise in connection with prior criminal convictions, academic dishonesty and honor code violations, addictions, drunk driving, neglected debts, and a failure to disclose material information on law school applications or on bar applications. If you have a history of misconduct, traffic citations, crimes, arrests and other facts to disclose in response to the character portion of the Maryland Bar Application or the DC Bar's NCBE application, you should strongly consider retaining bar admissions counsel if you want to avoid denial of a law license and get a license to practice law. This is even true for applicants for admission to law schools as these applications ask similar questions about character. A failure to disclose facts material to your admission could result in a denial of bar admission.


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