COVID-19 Precautionary Measures for the July 2021 Bar Examination
The Missouri Board of Law Examiners (MBLE) is proceeding with plans to administer the Uniform Bar Examination in July 2021. MBLE recognizes the uncertainty created by the pandemic has compounded the stress and anxiety experienced by those studying for the bar examination. To protect the health, safety, and welfare of all persons attending the July 2021 bar examination, MBLE will take precautionary measures consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
To ensure examinees are informed about the safety precautions, exam applicants properly filed as of the June 1, 2021, deadline were sent the COVID-19 Protective Measures and Applicant Requirements, in addition to the Code of Conduct Agreement. By June 23, 2021, applicants must complete and submit the code of conduct form indicating their agreement to comply with the protective measures.
The board has also secured an additional testing venue to provide space for social distancing and will notify applicants of their testing site on June 29, 2021. Please review the MBLE website, Exam Information Section, for details regarding all testing locations. For more information regarding the COVID-19 measures for the July 2021 exam, please review the FAQs.
Any properly filed applicant for the July 2021 exam may postpone and carry forward the application fee to the February 2022 exam, and the postponement fee will be waived. To be eligible, applicants must notify MBLE in writing before the exam date of their intent to postpone taking the exam to February 2022.
Upcoming Dates & Deadlines:
- June 8 – Registration period for the laptop program begins (12:00 PM, CST).
- June 23 – Deadline to upload the completed code of conduct agreement, including information regarding emergency contacts.
- June 23 – Deadline to register for the laptop program and upload the trial exam (5:00 PM, CST).
- June 29 – MBLE will notify applicants of their testing site.
Enrollment Ceremony (updated 4/21/2021)
The enrollment ceremony will be held at the Capitol Building in Jefferson City. Weather permitting, the ceremony will be held outdoor on the southside lawn of the Capitol. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the Capitol, in the Rotunda, first floor. On the day of the ceremony, enrollees should proceed to the south entrance of the Capitol and signs will be posted directing to the appropriate registration area, whether indoor or outdoor.
- Registration for the indoor enrollment ceremony will be held in the carriage entrance located on the south side of the Capitol Building, under the stairs.
- The indoor ceremony will be held in the Rotunda of the Capitol on the 1st floor.
- Limited guest seating will be available on the second floor overlooking the 1st floor of the Rotunda. Guests may also view the ceremony from the 3rd floor Rotunda. No guest seating will be available on the first floor of the Rotunda, which will be reserved for enrollees.
- Once enrollees are registered, they will proceed through the south entrance to the screening area. Once screened, enrollees will then proceed directly to the ceremony seating area located in the first floor Rotunda. Guests should proceed through screening and then to the second or third floor Rotunda area. Elevators are located on the east and west ends of the first floor.
- No chairs may be brought into the capitol building.
- Reminder: Masks are mandatory for enrollees and guests, and seating will be socially distanced.
- There is no parking in the lot located behind the Supreme Court Building, which is reserved for the use of Supreme Court judges and personnel. There is a public parking garage on Madison Street, two blocks east and one block north of the Supreme Court Building. In addition, meter parking is available throughout the downtown area. There are handicapped accessible spaces around the Capitol circle drive.
February 2021 Examination Results Released
Congratulations to the applicants who passed the bar examination and have met all other admission requirements; a list of their names can be found below. The names of applicants who passed the bar examination but did not complete all eligibility requirements for admission within the prescribed time period are NOT included in the below list.
Additional admission requirements for exam applicants include the following: (1) receipt by the Missouri Board of Law Examiners of an official transcript verifying that the applicant has been awarded the J.D. degree; (2) receipt by the board of the applicant’s certified score of not less than 80 on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination; (3) approval by the board of the applicant’s character and fitness; (4) verification by the board that the applicant is a citizen of the U.S., an immigrant alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the U.S. or an alien otherwise authorized to work lawfully in the U.S.; and (5) completion of the Missouri Educational Component Test on Missouri law.
Results have been posted to the homepage of each applicant.
The list of successful candidates who have completed all requirements for admission can be found here.
The detailed examination statistics can be found here.
February 2021 Exam Results & Enrollment Ceremony (updated 4/14/2021)
Notice of results were posted to individual applicant user home pages the morning of Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Results will not be given over the telephone, sent by fax or sent by e-mail. Please do not call the board's office asking when results will be released.
An enrollment ceremony for individuals who pass the February 2021 bar examination and who have met all other requirements for admission to the bar will be held Friday, April 23, 2021. The enrollment ceremony is the traditional welcome extended to new members of The Missouri Bar by the judges of the Supreme Court of Missouri, the officers of The Missouri Bar, and the members of the Missouri Board of Law Examiners. The ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m., April 23, 2021, on the South lawn of the Missouri State Capitol (across from the Supreme Court Building, West High Street), Jefferson City, Missouri. Attendance at the ceremony is anticipated, and it is not necessary to contact us to advise that successful candidates will be attending. Registration will begin at 9:45 a.m. on the South lawn of the Capitol. Attendees must register before being seated for the ceremony.
Face masks will be required for all in attendance, including guests. Markers will be placed along the registration lines for social distancing and chairs will be placed a minimum of six feet apart. In the event the outdoor ceremony cannot be held because of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Capitol, first floor Rotunda. Limited guest seating will be available for the ceremony, whether held indoor or outdoor.
Enrollees are expected to dress in business attire for the ceremony before the Supreme Court of Missouri. Appropriate attire is a coat and tie, a dress, or a suit. Revealing clothing and jeans are not appropriate attire.
The ceremony will be held on the lawn and turf may be uneven.
Registration for the ceremony will begin at 9:45 a.m. on the South lawn where the event will be held. Individuals will pick up their license and oath at registration and then be seated. Guests should plan on standing as limited seating will be available. There will be one ceremony for all enrollees in attendance, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
There is no parking in the lot located behind the Supreme Court Building, which is reserved for the use of Supreme Court judges and personnel. There is a public parking garage on Madison Street, two blocks east and one block north of the Supreme Court Building. In addition, meter parking is available throughout the downtown area.
Access for Individuals with Disabilities
The Missouri State Capitol Building grounds are accessible to individuals with a disability. Handicap parking is available. Please contact the Marshal at 573-751-2117 for handicap parking information and directions.
The bar enrollment ceremony begins with the opening of Court. After the judges take their seat, a member of the Missouri Board of Law Examiners welcomes those in attendance and moves the Court to admit all the applicants to The Missouri Bar. Thereafter, a representative of The Missouri Bar welcomes the applicants and seconds the motion for admittance. The Chief Justice then administers the Oath. The ceremony concludes with the closing of Court.
Each applicant will receive their license at registration and will be called by name during the ceremony to stand and be recognized.
The Roll of Attorneys
While at the ceremony, newly admitted enrollees should sign the Roll of Attorneys. This book contains the names of all attorneys enrolled by the Court, and newly admitted enrollees should be certain their name is included. The Roll may be signed either before or after the ceremony.
Photographs are allowed during the ceremony.
Federal Court Ceremony
The United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri will conduct an enrollment ceremony for those applicants who plan to practice in the U.S. District Court. Review this information for details.
February 2021 Exam Results & Enrollment Ceremony
The Missouri Board of Law Examiners (MBLE) will release the results of the February 2021 bar examination on April 14, 2021. Notice of results will be posted to individual applicant user homepages the morning of Wednesday, April 14, 2021. The names of successful candidates who have met all the admission requirements listed below will be released after 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.
Individuals who pass the February bar examination, and who have met all other requirements for admission to the bar, will be eligible to attend the enrollment ceremony scheduled for Friday, April 23, 2021, to take the oath of admission. The enrollment ceremony is the traditional welcome extended to new members of The Missouri Bar by the Judges of the Supreme Court of Missouri, the officers of The Missouri Bar and the members of the Board of Law Examiners. The enrollment ceremony will be held on the South Lawn of the Missouri State Capitol. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Capitol 1st Floor Rotunda. Consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19, social distancing and masks will be required for all individuals attending the ceremony, including enrollees and guests.
Eligible candidates who do not attend the enrollment ceremony may complete the admission process by taking the oath and completing the verification form. All individuals who pass the February 2021 bar examination and who meet all other requirements for admission to The Missouri Bar by the March 31, 2021, deadline will be sent an e-mail with specific instructions for taking the oath of admission, as set out in Rule 8.15. Please review this MBLE webpage for detailed information regarding the oath requirements and instructions for completing the verification form once eligible.
All prescribed documentation demonstrating admission eligibility must be submitted to MBLE no later than March 31, 2021, for successful candidates to be included in the public release of names and to attend the enrollment ceremony.
- Receipt by the Missouri Board of Law Examiners of an official transcript verifying that the applicant has been awarded the J.D. degree;
- Receipt by the board of the applicant’s certified score of not less than 80 on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination;
- Approval by the board of the applicant’s character and fitness;
- Verification by the board that the applicant is a citizen of the U.S., an immigrant alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the U.S. or an alien otherwise authorized to work lawfully in the U.S.;
- Completion of the Missouri Educational Component Test on Missouri law; and
- A passing examination score of at least 260.
NOTICE: New Rule 8.106, Temporary Admission for Attorney Spouses of Active Duty Military
On September 5, 2018, the Supreme Court of Missouri issued an Order adopting Rule 8.106 (Temporary Admission for Attorney Spouses of Active Duty Military), effective January 1, 2019. Information about the rule is available on the Missouri Board of Law Examiners (MBLE) website for review at www.mble.org. Electronic applications may be submitted as of January 1, 2019, upon creation of a MBLE registration account at https://www.mble.org/displayregister.action.
NOTICE: Updated Fee Schedule Effective January 1, 2019
On November 1, 2018, the Supreme Court of Missouri issued an order updating the Board of Law Examiners' Fee Schedule. The new fee schedule is effective January 1, 2019. The changes are under section C of the fee schedule, which will impact bar examination applicants beginning with the July 2019 exam in Missouri.
NOTICE: Amendment to Rule 8.09, Admission By Transferred UBE Score
On December 4, 2018, the Supreme Court of Missouri issued an Order amending Rule 8.09 (Admission by Transferred Uniform Bar Examination Score), effective January 1, 2019. The Order changes the maximum time period to transfer a qualifying UBE score attained in another jurisdiction from 24 months to five years preceding the date the application is properly submitted in Missouri.