Welcome to the web site of the Maine Board of Bar Examiners. The Board designed this site to facilitate access to information about the Maine bar examination. Relevant documents are available to read on-line and to download.FEBRUARY 2015 EXAM:
[Fee increases for bar exam applicants will go into effect for the JULY 2015 exam.]
**NOTICE: Effective October 14, 2014, ADMISSION FEES HAVE INCREASED pursuant to an amendment to Maine Bar Admission Rule 6(a). Fees for reciprocal admission are now $900. All applications for reciprocal admission must be accompanied by the new fee of $900 if received after the effective date. [Please see new Rule 6(a), in section on left]
All applicants are responsible for reading and complying with the Maine Bar Admission Rules. Most questions can be answered by a careful reading of the Rules. General information is available on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page. Applicants who graduated from a law school not located in the United States should first review the Regulations for Determining Equivalency of Foreign Legal Education.
To begin the application process, applicants need the following documents:
If you do not wish to download the forms, you may write to us at the address below and we will mail you a copy of the Maine Bar Admission Rules, the Application Procedures, and a Request for Application Form. Unfortunately, due to our staffing limitations, the Board does not accept telephone requests for forms or copies of the Rules.
Applications are available from March to May for the July exam and from October to December for the February exam. Applicants who do not download an application form from this web site must write to the Board and request and complete a Request for Application Form to receive an application.
The information on this website is to assist persons who are potential general or comity applicants. It is of necessity abbreviated at times. If there is any conflict between any language on this website and the Maine Bar Admission Rules ("Rules") promulgated by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, then the Rules prevail.
Files available to download are in PDF format. If your browser does not have a PDF reader, click on the icon below to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.
The Maine State Bar Association provides services to attorneys, such as CLE seminars, and services to the public, such as the Lawyer Referral Services. To contact the Maine State Bar Association, click here.
The Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar registers Maine attorneys, handles complaints about Maine attorneys, and administers the mandatory CLE requirement in Maine. To contact the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar, click here.
Maine Lawyers Review publishes twice per month providing digest summaries of law decisions, legal news, and upcoming event listings of interest to lawyers. To contact the Maine Lawyers Review, click here.
This site was last updated on 2/3/15.