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Bar Exam Filing Deadlines

February 2024
Deadline
Application Deadline
Friday, December 22, 2023
Late Application Deadline
Friday, January 5, 2024
Notification of Special Needs Deadline
Friday, January 5, 2024
Multistate Essay Examination, Multistate Performance Test, and Local Content Essays
Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Multistate Bar Examination
Thursday, February 29, 2024

MPRE application should be mailed to NCBE or apply online at www.ncbex.org.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)

Form A
General Application
Form B
Affidavit
Form C
Authorization and Release
Form D
Request for Character and Fitness Report
Form E
Intern Application
Form F
Provisional Admission
Form G
Government Attorney
Form H
Special Needs
NCBE Application
Certificate of Good Standing Request

Please contact

Supreme Court Deputy Clerk Nora Borja

at (670) 236-9800 for more information.

NMI Character and Fitness Fee Schedule

This information is for reference only. Your assigned fee may be specified after submission of your application

Fee Category
Fee
Description
I
$275
Your first law degree (JD or LLB) is anticipated to be awarded in more than one year.
II
$395
Your first law degree (JD or LLB) is anticipated to be awarded within one year or less and you have not been authorized to practice law.
III
$550
Your first law degree (JD or LLB) was obtained in the United States and awarded more than one year ago or you have been authorized to practice law only in the United States.
IV
$925
Your first law degree (JD or LLB) was not obtained in the United States (regardless of whether a subsequent US law degree was conferred) or you have ever been authorized to practice law in a foreign country.

Supplemental Conditions

You may be eligible for a reduced fee if NCBE has completed a character report for you in the last four years. Completion of a new application is required.

Fee Category
Fee
Description
V
$250
A complete Category I, II, or III report was prepared by NCBE for a different jurisdiction.
VI
$120
A complete Category I, II, or III report was prepared by NCBE for the same jurisdiction.
VII
$450
A complete category IV report was prepared by NCBE for any jurisdiction.

The bar examination administered in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands mirrors the Uniform Bar Examination (“UBE”) that is created and sanctioned by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

At this time, the Commonwealth does not practice reciprocity with any other jurisdiction that administers the UBE. Thus, other UBE jurisdictions are not required to accept any UBE scored that is earned on the Commonwealth bar examination.

Therefore, any score earned on the Commonwealth bar examination is not “portable” as that word is used by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Until such time that the Commonwealth creates reciprocity with other UBE jurisdictions, portions of the Rules of Admission that purport to create a portable UBE score have been suspended.

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Set to debut in July 2026, the NextGen bar exam will test a broad range of foundational lawyering skills, utilizing a focused set of clearly identified fundamental legal concepts and principles needed in today’s practice of law. Designed to balance the skills and knowledge needed in litigation and transactional legal practice, the exam will reflect many of the key changes that law schools are making today, building on the successes of clinical legal education programs, alternative dispute resolution programs, and legal writing and analysis programs.

For more information, please review the Supreme Court Order, In re the Northern Mariana Islands Supreme Court rules:

Rules of Admission, No. 2013-ADM-0036-RUL (NMI Sup. Ct. Dec. 19, 2013) (Administrative Order)

which can be found on this website or contact the Supreme Court Clerk of Court.

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