- More and more states are adopting the UBE, with the most recent being Ohio, which will take effect in 2020. Greater adoption of the UBE increases the portability of your law degree.
- Many states permit concurrent admission, or admission after a near-miss after taking the Colorado Bar exam. This will increase the possible geographic scope of your job search. It will also increase your marketability to prospective employers who may have clients in those jurisdictions, and provide you with the same opportunities to network and develop contacts and clients in those states. Being admitted in more than one jurisdiction can improve your job search here in Colorado and increase your chances of passing a bar.
- Consider concurrent admission, from a neighboring state, your home state, or a state in which you have future employment interests. Our neighboring state to the south, New Mexico, is particularly noteworthy as it not only requires the lowest passing score of 260, but it also has a “limited license” opportunity that permits law grads to practice as a PD, prosecutor, or other qualifying state government or civil legal services positions without having to sit for the bar exam.
- There is a 20 point swing among UBE states. Currently, the UBE score swing among states ranges from 260 to 280. Colorado is one of the most difficult states. Only one state currently requires a higher score than Colorado: Alaska. There is a 16-point swing between a passing score in 5 UBE states and Colorado. Historically, New York has been considered one of the most difficult jurisdictions to pass, and now that is no longer the case. Colorado is far harder than New York–by 10 points. Consider how you might use this information in your “pitch”—particularly to out-of-state employers.
|Minimum Passing UBE Score||Jurisdiction(s)|
|260||Alabama, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, North Dakota (5)|
|266||Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois (2019), Iowa, Kansas, Montana, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Virgin Islands (10)|
|270||Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina (2019), Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming (9)|
|276||Colorado, Maine, Rhode Island (2019) (3)|
|TBD||Maryland (2019), Ohio (2020), and Tennessee (2019)|
If you would like to implement this strategy or learn more about it, please contact the CDO, and/or peruse online resources. One great starting point is the National Conference of Bar Examiners website: http://www.ncbex.org/exams/ube/