Important Announcement for Applicants to the Utah State Bar
Beginning on or around August 1, 2022, all applicants for admission to the Utah State Bar will be required to request a character and fitness report from the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). The investigation and preparation of the report by the NCBE is subject to an additional fee that applicants will pay to the NCBE directly. Those fees are outlined here.
This decision was made primarily in an effort satisfy the Office of Admissions’ duty of confidentiality set forth in Rule 14-720. Use of the NCBE’s investigative services will improve the security of sensitive personal information that applicants must provide on an application for admission to the Bar. The NCBE has proven its dedication to maintaining the highest standards of privacy and confidentiality, which extends to the information gathered during character and fitness investigations.
In addition to the security benefits, the Office of Admissions expects this transition will significantly improve office efficiency. This will benefit applicants by decreasing the time process applications and will make the process of applying for admission to the Utah State Bar less burdensome for applicants and Bar staff alike.
Carrie T. Boren
Deputy General Counsel for Admissions
February 2023 Bar Exam Announcement
The February 2023 Utah Bar Examination will be held on February 21 and February 22, 2023 at the Salt Lake City Sheraton located at 150 West 500 South in Salt Lake City.
July 2023 Bar Exam Applications Available on January 1, 2023
The application for the July 2023 Bar Exam will become available on January 1, 2023.
Please keep in mind the following deadlines:
- Application filing deadline date – March 1
- Late filing deadline date – March 15 (include a $100 late fee)
- Final filing deadline date – April 3 (include a $300 late fee)
New Application Process in Utah
PLEASE READ THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE STARTING A NEW APPLICATION
The Utah State Bar has implemented new procedures to streamline the application process. Applicants are no longer required to submit the following with their application:
- FBI criminal background check/verification of request
- Dean's Certificate
- Certificate of Law School Graduation
- Character Reference forms
- Driver's History
- Civil case documents
- Criminal case documents
- Traffic citations
- Certificates of Good Standing (attorneys only)
- Disciplinary Histories (attorneys only)
Please refer to the General Application Instructions for the type of application you will be filing, which can be found on the Information & Applications page.
MPRE Test Dates
Every applicant to the Utah State Bar must earn a score of at least 86 on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examinations ("MPRE"). The MPRE is usually administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners ("NCBE) three times a year in March, August, and November. Seats are limited, so please contact the NCBE and register for the MPRE as soon as possible.