Application by Bar Examination

Uniform Bar Examination Courtesy Seating: Examinees who only wish to sit in New Mexico in order to transfer their scores to other states must submit all required items listed under “The following documents must be submitted by the filing deadline” and “The following documents must be submitted before you can be approved to sit for for the exam,” below, except for those items that are explicitly listed as not necessary for UBE Courtesy Seating.

Process and Forms

All applicants to the New Mexico Bar must take an in-person course in New Mexico law [link] prior to admission. This course is scheduled for the Thursday immediately following the Tuesday and Wednesday administration of the bar exam and you will be registered automatically upon receipt of your complete application.

Before beginning your application, please read:

The following documents must be submitted by the filing deadline*: 

*Examinees who do not seek admission in New Mexico may omit items number 6, 7, and 8.

  1. New Mexico Bar Exam Cover Sheet [pdf]
  2. Application Fee (paid by check/money order or Credit Card Authorization Form [pdf])
  3. Character and Fitness Application [link] and any additional forms required as part of that application
  4. Statistical Data Form [pdf]
  5. NMBBE Authorization and Release Form [pdf]
  6. Character and Fitness Statements [pdf]
  7. Current credit report [link]
  8. Certificate(s) of Good Standing and Statement[s] of Discipline from any state in which you are or have been licensed
  9. Confirmation of NCBE Number Certification
  10. Laptop Release of Liability Form [pdf]
  11. Test Accommodation Request, if applicable. View the policy, instructions, and forms [link]

Please keep copies of all documents that you submit to our office. To receive a copy of your submitted materials, you must request a copy of your file [link].

The following documents must be submitted before you can be approved to sit for for the exam:

These items must be completed and/or submitted before you can be admitted to the Bar:

Examinees who do not intend to be licensed in New Mexico need not complete these steps.

Unable to fill in PDFs on your computer? Download the latest version of Adobe Reader here [link].

Application materials must be mailed to:

Bar Examination Application
New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners
20 First Plaza Center NW, Suite 710
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Following admission:

All attorneys sworn in to practice law in New Mexico must submit, within 30 days of licensure, the New Lawyer Application/Deferment/Exemption form [link] through the New Mexico State Bar. Please see this page for more information [link].

Deadlines:

July 30-31, 2019: Exam Dates

August 1, 2019: Required Course in New Mexico Law

December 15, 2018: Application acceptance period opens

January 22, 2019 at 5 p.m.: Timely Receipt Deadline for all first-time applicants to the New Mexico bar

Timely Receipt Filing Fees: 

  • Applicants within one year from law school graduation: $500
  • Applicants more than one year from law school graduation: $1000

April 2, 2019 at 5 p.m.: First Late Filing Deadline for all first-time applicants to the New Mexico bar

Late Deadline Filing Fees (includes $200 late fee): 

  • Applicants within one year from law school graduation: $700
  • Applicants more than one year from law school graduation: $1200

May 2, 2019 at 5 p.m.: Final Late Filing Deadline for all first-time applicants to the New Mexico bar

Late Deadline Filing Fees (includes $500 late fee): 

  • Applicants within one year from law school graduation: $1000
  • Applicants more than one year from law school graduation: $1500

May 10, 2019 at 5 p.m.: Re-exam Filing Deadline

Please see Re-Exam section if you have already taken the New Mexico Bar Exam one or more times.

No first-time applications to the New Mexico bar will be accepted after the late deadline in May, and no part of the filing fee or late fee is refundable. All deadlines are in-office deadlines, not mailing deadlines.

February 25-26, 2020: Exam Dates

February 27, 2020: Required Course in New Mexico Law

August 15, 2019: Application acceptance period opens

September 20, 2019 at 5 p.m.: Timely Receipt Deadline for all first-time applicants to the New Mexico bar

Timely Receipt Filing Fees: 

  • Applicants within one year from law school graduation: $500
  • Applicants more than one year from law school graduation: $1000

November 2, 2019 at 5 p.m.: First Late Filing Deadline for all first-time applicants to the New Mexico bar

Late Deadline Filing Fees (includes $200 late fee): 

  • Applicants within one year from law school graduation: $700
  • Applicants more than one year from law school graduation: $1200

December 3, 2019 at 5 p.m.: Final Late Filing Deadline for all first-time applicants to the New Mexico bar

Late Deadline Filing Fees (includes $500 late fee): 

  • Applicants within one year from law school graduation: $1000
  • Applicants more than one year from law school graduation: $1500

December 10, 2019 at 5 p.m.: Re-exam Filing Deadline

Please see Re-exam section if you have already taken the New Mexico Bar Exam one or more times.

No first-time applications to the New Mexico bar will be accepted after the final late filing deadline, and no part of the filing fee or late fee is refundable. All deadlines are in-office deadlines, not mailing deadlines.