Take 1 UBE to be licensed in 10–or more–states?

There’s a movement afoot that could be huge for NL member attorneys who want to expand into surrounding states. It’s the push for other jurisdictions to adopt the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE).The Uniform Bar Examination has been adopted by these 10 jurisdictions: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Utah, and Washington.

Some states have reciprocity, but many do not. Law firms that want to practice in adjoining states without reciprocity are being forced to have at least one firm member pass the bar and become licensed to practice in the states where they have the opportunity to expand. In the case of debt collection attorneys, opportunities frequently arise that cross state boundaries.

You can find information on the UBE website regarding the administration of the UBE exam and what actions jurisdictions that adopt the UBE can continue to determine on their own.

We also recommend an excellent article, Susan M. Case, PhD, Director of Testing for the National Conference of Bar Examiners, titled, THE UNIFORM BAR EXAMINATION: WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME? The author concludes by saying, “The transportability of the UBE score is a significant advantage to an examinee….who ends up working for a firm that has clients in multiple jurisdictions. Several jurisdictions are working to be on the forefront of the UBE, others are holding back to see how much momentum there is, and others have not begun to think about it.”

We think all of our members will benefit when you contribute to the following discussion by answering one or more of the following questions:

  • What have you heard about the UBE in your region of the country?
  • Have you heard about other regions that are working to adopt something similar? Is yours one of them?
  • How do you think that expanding the areas that adopt the exam will impact the debt collection industry?
  • What can attorneys do to either promote or prevent adoption of the UBE in their jurisdiction?

Please enter your comment or reply below. We will share the information that we are able to gather from our readers.

By Nancy Lender

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2 replies

  1. I do not think it is a good idea. The law is different in each state. One exam for all the states tends to standardize something that is not standardized. I realize the exam is different than the actual practice of law, but I still think the distinction is important. As it is now, people do not understand all the different types of law and law practice. One uniform exam will make it even harder for people to understand this difference.

  2. It is a good thing for those who have taken the UBE exam. You can move about but when doing so you are subject to paying income tax on all income in that state Jurstiction.

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