Maine Supreme Judicial Court adopts the Uniform Bar Exam with support from the University of Maine School of Law

Maine Supreme Judicial Court adopts the Uniform Bar Exam with support from the University of Maine School of Law

The Hon. Leigh Saufley, Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, recently announced that the Maine Supreme Judicial Court will adopt the Uniform Bar Examination as of July 2017. This decision comes after consideration of the Report issued by the Advisory Commission on the Uniform Bar Examination and the public comments submitted in response to that Report.

The Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) is coordinated by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), and is designed to test knowledge and skills that every lawyer should be able to demonstrate prior to becoming licensed to practice law. The UBE results in a portable score that can be used to apply for admission in other UBE jurisdictions. Other states in the Northeast that have adopted the UBE include New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. The UBE has been adopted by a total of twenty-five states and the District of Columbia.

The Advisory Commission on the Uniform Bar Examination was chaired by Jennifer Archer (Maine Law Class of ’00) of Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman. Attorney Archer also serves as Chair of the Maine Board of Bar Examiners. The University of Maine School of Law was represented by both Dean Danielle Conway and Clinical Professor Jim Burke.

“On behalf of the Court, I send my gratitude to you, to the members of the Board, and to the members of the UBE Commission for all of the work on these issues as the Court implements the UBE,” said Chief Justice Saufley in a letter to Attorney Archer announcing the Court’s adoption of the UBE. “We very much appreciate the Board’s attention to these critical issues regarding the quality and preparedness of the Maine Bar.”

“On behalf of the University of Maine School of Law student body, I applaud the Justices of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on their decision to adopt the UBE,” said Dean Danielle Conway. “This decision gives law students in the Northeast more flexibility in pursuing career opportunities in the region. The Justices are to be commended for recognizing the need to gather data to assess the potential impact of the UBE on different applicant subgroups.”