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NCBE Statement on How Questions Are Written for the Bar Exam


NCBE has released the following statement regarding the timeline by which new US Supreme Court decisions might be reflected on the bar exam: NCBE-developed MBE, MPT, and MEE questions typically are drafted, revised, and finalized over an approximately three-year period, including pre-testing of MBE items on a live exam prior to administration as scored items. For more information, see:

NCBE has added a FAQ to our website that we hope will be helpful: NCBE Statement on SCOTUS Decisions and the Bar Exam - NCBE (ncbex.org)

 

 



Minimum UBE Passing Score


UBE Passing Score: 270 for Winter 2023

In April 2022, the WA Supreme Court temporarily modified APR 4(d)(1) via order No. 25700-B-683 to allow for a UBE minimum passing sore of 266 and indicated that the order was in effect until the Court’s emergency order No. 25700-B-658 was lifted. On October 27, 2022, the Court issued order No. 25700-B-697 that supersedes and acts to lift its emergency order No. 25700-B-658, effective October 31, 2022.  As a result, the minimum UBE passing score is restored to 270, as provided in APR 4(d)(1).



Decision to Sunset the LLLT Program


On April 21, 2022, the LLLT Board asked the Supreme Court to extend the deadline for LLLT applicants that passed the LLLT exam to complete the preadmission requirements from July 31, 2022 to July 31, 2023.

On June 9, 2022, the Supreme Court entered an order adopting the amendments requested by the LLLT Board.  This extension would apply to the pre-admission requirements in Rule 5(e) of the Admission and Practice Rules, including the requirements to (1) complete 1500 hours of substantive law-related work experience, and (2) present proof of passing a LLLT Board approved paralegal examination.  If you have any questions, please email LLLT@wsba.org.