RI to Adopt Uniform Bar Examination

06/07/2018 - According to news advisory from the Rhode Island Judiciary, next year RI will join 31 other jurisdictions in the United States in administering the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) for individuals seeking admission to practice law in the state.

After a yearlong study, the Rhode Island Supreme Court Board of Bar Examiners recommended on April 25 that the Supreme Court adopt the UBE. Today the high court issued an order to that effect. Click here for a copy of the Supreme Court order, including more details.

The UBE is a uniformly administered, graded, and scored examination that results in a portable score that can be transferred for application to other UBE jurisdictions. The Board of Bar Examiners concluded that adopting the UBE would allow applicants who take the exam in other jurisdictions to more easily seek admission in Rhode Island, as well as benefit those taking the exam in Rhode Island to apply in those other jurisdictions.

The change will be effective with the February 2019 bar examination. Applicants for the July 2018 bar examination may file for a deferral of their application for admission until next February.

The UBE either is or soon will be administered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 29 states, including the other five New England states. Massachusetts, the most recent New England state to choose the UBE, will administer it for the first time in July.