Attorneys’ Exam refers to a short form or other form of bar examination administered to attorneys admitted in other jurisdictions.

Click anywhere in a row to see a summary of that jurisdiction’s answers.

* Note that Michigan has adopted the Uniform Bar Examination, to be administered in July 2022 or February 2023. See Charts 5 and 6 for Michigan’s UBE policies.

Supplemental Remarks

California  Applicants may take the MPRE any time after completing their first year of law study.

Delaware  Within 4 years preceding, and 1 year following, the year in which the applicant passes the Delaware Bar Examination.

Florida  Within 25 months of the date of the administration of any part of the examination that is passed.

Hawaii  The MPRE must be taken and passed not earlier than 2 years before the Hawaii Bar Examination, and the MPRE score must be officially reported to the Board not later than 1 year after date of notification of passing the Hawaii Bar Examination.

Louisiana  A passing MPRE score is valid for a period of 5 years from the date of the examination. However, an applicant who (i) during the period of 5 years immediately preceding his application, has been admitted in good standing to the Bar of another state, (ii) passed the MPRE in fulfillment of the Bar admissions requirement(s) of the applicant’s state(s) of admission, and (iii) complied with the continuing legal education requirements of the applicant’s state(s) of admission during such 5-year period will be considered to have satisfied the requirement.

Mississippi  Within 24 months before or within 1 year after the date of administration of the Mississippi Bar Examination at which the applicant receives a passing result.

Nevada  MPRE scores will not be accepted earlier than 3 years preceding the year in which an applicant passes the examination and not later than 3 years after the year in which an applicant passes the bar examination.

South Dakota  Within 28 months prior to next scheduled exam.

Virginia  Within 2 calendar years prior to or after passing the Virginia Bar Examination.

Guam  Within 2 years before or after the test date.

Northern Mariana Islands  Within 3 years prior to or 6 months after taking the bar examination.

Palau  5 years from the date of the exam.

Florida  Accepts MBE scaled score transferred from another jurisdiction provided that the score meets the minimum passing score for Florida (currently 136) and was attained within 25 months of passing both Part A of the exam in Florida and the MPRE.

Michigan  Within 3 years of the bar exam, foreign jurisdiction must certify date MBE was taken, that applicant passed entire bar exam of which the MBE was part, the MBE actual scaled score applicant achieved and that the jurisdiction which administered the MBE affords reciprocal transfer right to Michigan attorneys seeking admission to that jurisdiction. Note that Michigan will begin administering the Uniform Bar Examination in July 2022 or February 2023. Michigan has not yet determined whether it will continue accepting transferred MBE scores from other jurisdictions once it begins administering the UBE.

Mississippi  Actual scaled score; must have attained the score within 20 months of the exam.

South Dakota  Board may accept MBE scores if taken within 2 years prior to next scheduled exam and if score equals or exceeds South Dakota passing score (scaled score of 135 or more) as of date of application and if applicant passed other jurisdiction’s exam.

Virginia  Accepts MBE scaled score of 133 or greater, taken within 3 years prior to the date of the exam applied for, from any jurisdiction (including Virginia).

Wisconsin  A scaled score of 135 or more if taken within 37 months of present exam and part of a successful exam.

Northern Mariana Islands  If MBE taken within 3 years of exam for which applicant applies and attains scaled score of at least 130.

Palau  Will accept a scaled score of 120 or more if taken within 5 years preceding present exam.

California  Attorney applicants who have been admitted as active members in good standing in a US jurisdiction 4 or more years immediately preceding the exam they intend to take may qualify to take the Attorneys’ Exam, which is the written portion of the general bar exam. All other attorney applicants must take the general bar exam.

Virginia  Attorney applicants who hold an active license to practice law, are in good standing, and have taken and passed a bar exam in another jurisdiction, may sit for only the essay portion of the Virginia bar exam.

Supplemental Remarks

California  Applicants may take the MPRE any time after completing their first year of law study.

Delaware  Within 4 years preceding, and 1 year following, the year in which the applicant passes the Delaware Bar Examination.

Florida  Within 25 months of the date of the administration of any part of the examination that is passed.

Hawaii  The MPRE must be taken and passed not earlier than 2 years before the Hawaii Bar Examination, and the MPRE score must be officially reported to the Board not later than 1 year after date of notification of passing the Hawaii Bar Examination.

Louisiana  A passing MPRE score is valid for a period of 5 years from the date of the examination. However, an applicant who (i) during the period of 5 years immediately preceding his application, has been admitted in good standing to the Bar of another state, (ii) passed the MPRE in fulfillment of the Bar admissions requirement(s) of the applicant’s state(s) of admission, and (iii) complied with the continuing legal education requirements of the applicant’s state(s) of admission during such 5-year period will be considered to have satisfied the requirement.

Mississippi  Within 24 months before or within 1 year after the date of administration of the Mississippi Bar Examination at which the applicant receives a passing result.

Nevada  MPRE scores will not be accepted earlier than 3 years preceding the year in which an applicant passes the examination and not later than 3 years after the year in which an applicant passes the bar examination.

South Dakota  Within 28 months prior to next scheduled exam.

Virginia  Within 2 calendar years prior to or after passing the Virginia Bar Examination.

Guam  Within 2 years before or after the test date.

Northern Mariana Islands  Within 3 years prior to or 6 months after taking the bar examination.

Palau  5 years from the date of the exam.

Florida  Accepts MBE scaled score transferred from another jurisdiction provided that the score meets the minimum passing score for Florida (currently 136) and was attained within 25 months of passing both Part A of the exam in Florida and the MPRE.

Michigan  Within 3 years of the bar exam, foreign jurisdiction must certify date MBE was taken, that applicant passed entire bar exam of which the MBE was part, the MBE actual scaled score applicant achieved and that the jurisdiction which administered the MBE affords reciprocal transfer right to Michigan attorneys seeking admission to that jurisdiction. Note that Michigan will begin administering the Uniform Bar Examination in July 2022 or February 2023. Michigan has not yet determined whether it will continue accepting transferred MBE scores from other jurisdictions once it begins administering the UBE.

Mississippi  Actual scaled score; must have attained the score within 20 months of the exam.

South Dakota  Board may accept MBE scores if taken within 2 years prior to next scheduled exam and if score equals or exceeds South Dakota passing score (scaled score of 135 or more) as of date of application and if applicant passed other jurisdiction’s exam.

Virginia  Accepts MBE scaled score of 133 or greater, taken within 3 years prior to the date of the exam applied for, from any jurisdiction (including Virginia).

Wisconsin  A scaled score of 135 or more if taken within 37 months of present exam and part of a successful exam.

Northern Mariana Islands  If MBE taken within 3 years of exam for which applicant applies and attains scaled score of at least 130.

Palau  Will accept a scaled score of 120 or more if taken within 5 years preceding present exam.

California  Attorney applicants who have been admitted as active members in good standing in a US jurisdiction 4 or more years immediately preceding the exam they intend to take may qualify to take the Attorneys’ Exam, which is the written portion of the general bar exam. All other attorney applicants must take the general bar exam.

Virginia  Attorney applicants who hold an active license to practice law, are in good standing, and have taken and passed a bar exam in another jurisdiction, may sit for only the essay portion of the Virginia bar exam.