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Alaska Bar Exam Minimum Passing Score Lowered to 270
The Alaska Supreme Court signed SCO 2002 on Monday, February 27, 2023 which lowered the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) minimum passing score required for admission to practice law in Alaska from 280 to 270. The rule is effective immediately. In order to help answer questions from past, current, and prospective applicants, we have provided an announcement for guidance. The announcement is available here.
The UBE Score Transfer application has been updated on our website to allow applications with scores of 270 or above.
The Alaska Bar Association will accept UBE score transfers. An applicant for admission may transfer a UBE score if the applicant has:
Achieved a scaled score of 270 or above; and
Taken the UBE exam in another jurisdiction within five years prior to the date of application to the Alaska Bar Association;
Met the requirements of Alaska Bar Rule 2, Section 1.
Please contact the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) to request that an official transcript be sent directly to the Alaska Bar Association.
If you took the UBE in Alaska and would like to transfer your UBE score to another jurisdiction, contact the NCBE.
All applicants are subject to a determination of character and fitness. This can take at least 3-4 months, depending on each individual application. There is no way for us to expedite this process as we treat all applications with priority. Once the character investigation is complete, your application will be reviewed at the next regularly scheduled Board Meeting.
You must respond completely and provide all relevant details and documents for each and every question on the application. If the question asks you to provide names, dates, numbers, details, or documents, you must provide them. If no response is given or insufficient information is provided in response to any question, your application may be delayed or denied.
You must update your application if anything occurs after submission that would change or alter any of your answers to the questions on the application. Your application must be kept current to the date of admission.
1. Application for Admission by UBE Score Transfer.
3. Authorization & Release form
4. Two 2” by 2” photographs (passport-size photos)
5. Fingerprint card (instructions)
6. Application fee of $1,000
Request the following to be sent directly to the Alaska Bar Association:
2. Certificate of graduation from law school: The Certificate of Graduation is an original letter, on school letterhead, verifying your degree and the date received. If the school uses a seal, it will also include the school seal. Most law schools are familiar with this document, but if they have questions, please have them contact our office and ask for admissions.
3. MPRE score
4. Certificate of good standing from each State Bar to which you are admitted; must have been issued within the previous three months.
5. Discipline history from each State Bar to which you are admitted; must have been issued within the previous three months.
Withdrawals and Refunds:
An administrative fee of $175 will be withheld if the application is denied on the basis of character, or if the applicant withdraws the application after the character investigation is commenced.
An administrative fee of $50 will be withheld if the application is denied because the applicant fails to demonstrate eligibility for admission via UBE score transfer, or if the applicant withdraws the application before the character investigation is commenced.