Admissions: Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do I get started?
Q. What are the reasons that an Application will be returned unprocessed?
A. If you:
Fail to provide telephone numbers and mailing addresses (including zip codes), where required;
Fail to answer any question or sub question;
Do not include the required fees or pay fees with an unacceptable form of payment;
Fail to include a valid certificate of good standing from the Supreme Court of the State(s) you are currently admitted.
The certificate must be signed within 30 days of application;
Any of your questions are indecipherable;
Alter any of the language of the application, Affidavit or Authorization and Release;
Fail to sign any document requiring your signature and/or failed to have your signatures attested by a notary public;
Fail to provide narrative statements or attachments where required;
Fail to provide 2 completed finger print cards
A. A valid law license means an active law license.
A. See Refund Policy.
A. Mail, email or fax your letter withdrawing from the exam. See Refund Policy
A. Yes. You are required to receive a scaled score of 85 or better prior to application for the Nebraska Bar Examination. If you do not have a passing score at the time of application, you may still apply to sit for the Nebraska Bar Exam, but you are required to pay an additional $100.00 fee. If you are applying for admission on Motion, and you are a Class 1A applicant, you also need to provide the Nebraska Bar Commissionwith your official score of 85 or higher.
A. The Nebraska State Bar Commission does not complete the transfer requests. You must go to the National Conference of Bar Examiners website to transfer scores. Visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners- UBE Transcript Services page.
Q. How do I have my MBE score transferred to another jurisdiction?
A. The Nebraska State Bar Commission does not complete transfer requests. You must go to the National Conference of Bar Examiners website to transfer scores. Visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners- MBE Score Services page.
A. Mail, email or fax any address change to the Nebraska State Bar Commission. Address changes will not be accepted over the telephone.
A. The bar commission shall obtain a complete set of fingerprints from all bar applicants on a form designated by the commission as provided under Neb. Rev. Stat § 7-102(2). The commission will forward the fingerprints of all such applicants to the Nebraska State Patrol for a national criminal history record information check by the Identification Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Supreme Court may, at any time, order the commission to discontinue requesting, or to thereafter resume requesting, fingerprint record checks on all applicants that are fingerprinted pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 7-102(2).
Applicant Notification and record Challenge
Officials at the governmental institutions and other entities authorized to submit fingerprints and receive FBI identification records under this authority must notify the individuals fingerprinted that the fingerprints will be used to check the criminal history records of the FBI. The officials making the determination of suitability for licensing or employment shall provide the applicants the opportunity to complete, or challenge the accuracy of, the information contained in the FBI identification record. These officials also must advise the applicants that procedures for obtaining a change, correction, or updating of an FBI identification record are set forth in Title 28, C.F.R., § 16.34. Officials making such determinations should not deny the license or employment based on information in the record until the applicant has been afforded a reasonable time to correct or complete the record, or has declined to do so. (Title 42, U.S.C., § 14616, Article IV (c); Title 28, C.F.R., § 50.12 (b))
A. Two citizens of good standing in your community that you have not already listed as a reference in the application.
Q. Who is ineligible to sign the affidavits for applicants moral character?
A. Family members and fellow applicants to the bar applying for the same examination.
A. Approximately 90 days.
A. No. However, you may go to the National Conference of Bar Examiners website and click the NCBE Online Store for access to previous bar exam questions and analyses.
A. Submit a request by mail, email, fax or calling 402-475-7091.
Q. Do you have a late application option?
A. Yes. Within 30 days past the exam applications deadline you may submit your completed application by paying an additional $100.00 late application fee. (This only applies to exam applications)
A. Contact the Nebraska State Bar Association at (402) 475-7091, ext. 124.
- Supreme Court Clerk's Office
- Counsel for Discipline
|Type of Fee||Amount|
|Examination Applicant Fee||$490.00|
|Examination Applicant Fee Without a Passing MPRE Score||$590.00|
|Examination Laptop Fee: See Laptop Terms & Conditions for payment instruction.||$150.00 (paid to Extegrity once approved to sit)|
|One-time re-application Examination Fee for the immediate next Exam||$225.00|
|Motion Application Fee||$925.00|
|NCBE Online Application Fee (payable to NCBE when creating application)||$25.00|
|Copy of Application Fee||$20.00|
|MBE Hand score Request||$25.00|
|Examination Fee:||The $490.00 application fee is made payable by bank cashier’s check or money order to the Secretary, Nebraska State Bar Commission and must accompany your application. The Nebraska State Bar Commission does not accept cash, personal or firm checks. There will be an additional $25 fee payable to NCBE for the online application.|
|No MPRE Score:||If your examination application does not include a passing MPRE score (85 or better), pay the Examination Application without a passing MPRE score.|
|Examination Laptop Fee:||
Terms & Conditions (updated January 2013)
The registration period for applicants who wish to take the current Bar Examination using personal laptop computers opens approximately one month prior to the exam date. Review the packet of information you receive from the Bar Commission for exact registration dates.
|Motion Fee:||Motion Fee: The required $925.00 must be paid in bank cashier’s check or money order only, made payable to the Secretary, Nebraska State Bar Commission. The Nebraska State Bar Commission does not accept cash, personal checks or firm checks. There will be an additional $25 fee payable to NCBE for the onine application.|
Nebraska Bar Examination Filing Deadlines (The two day exam begins on the last Tuesday of each month indicated below) :
Exam Date: File No Earlier Than: Filing Deadling for Examination:
- February September 1 November 1
- July February 1 April 1
Upcoming Examination Dates:
- February 25-26, 2014
- July 29-30, 2014
- February 24-25, 2015
- July 28-29, 2015
- If an applicant has registered for the Bar Examination and withdraws in writing at least 30 days prior to the examination, the portion of the fee charged for the MPT, MBE and MEE may be refunded.
- If the required 30 day notice has been given prior to the date set for the examination, a request can be made in writing to the Nebraska State Bar Commission to allow fees paid to be held over to the next available Bar Examination. If the Commission approves fees to be held over, a new application, along with new finger print cards are necessary for re-application.
- If an applicant has registered for the Bar Examination and fails to appear, no refund available.