Admissions: General Instructions (FAQs)

Admissions: General Instructions (FAQs)

 

General Instructions as Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  Where may I access an application for admission?
A.   Currently all new applications must be completed on the National Conference of Bar Examiners website: http://www.ncbex.org/character-and-fitness/jurisdiction/ne/. Once you have completed your application  on the NCBE website, you must print it out (single-sided only) and submit the application, all supplementary documents and payment by mail to:

Nebraska State Bar Commission of the Nebraska Supreme Court
3806 Normal Blvd.
Lincoln, NE  68506

 

Q.  What is a "valid" law license?

A.  A valid law license means an active law license.
 
 
Q.  If I do not take the Nebraska Bar Examination will my fees be refunded?
A.  See Refund Policy.
 
 
Q.  How do I withdraw my application if I do not take the Nebraska Bar Examination? 

A.  You must communicate your withdrawal in writing.  mail, email or fax your letter withdrawing from the exam. See Refund Policy
 
 
Q.   Does Nebraska require the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)? 
A.   Yes. You are required to receive a scaled score of 85 or higher for admission. 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 or Class 1C applicant, you must provide the Nebraska Bar Commission with an official score report of 85 or higher earned no more than three years before your application. An MPRE score is stale three years after its publication date.
 
 
Q.  What is required for a non-UBE bar exam to be "equivalent to" the bar exam administered in Nebraska for a Class 1A application?
A.   The non-UBE exam must contain the same components with a comparable weighting to qualify as "equivalent to" the Nebraska bar exam. The required components are: a minimum of three hours dedicated to a performance test, a minimum of three hours dedicated to essay questions on substantive law, and the multistate bar exam. Email nsc.attyadmissions@nebraska.gov for more information.
 

Q. How do I have my UBE score transferred to another jurisdiction?
A. The Nebraska State Bar Commission does not complete the transfer requests. Visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners- UBE Transcript Services page for information on how to transfer your scores.

 

Q. How do I have my MBE score transferred to another jurisdiction? 
A. The Nebraska State Bar Commission does not complete transfer requests. Visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners- MBE Score Services page

 

Q.  How do I submit a change of address? 
A.  Mail, email  or fax any address change to the Nebraska State Bar Commission. Address changes will not be accepted over the telephone.
 
 
Q. Why do I need to get fingerprinted?
A. All applicants are required to be fingerprinted as provided under Neb. Rev. Stat. § 7-102(2).  Also see Neb. Ct. R. 3-114(H). Fingerprints are submitted to the Nebraska State Patrol for a national criminal history record information check by the Identification Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Applicants must complete a notarized authorization form to permit the Bar Commission to request the criminal history record from the FBI.
 
 
Q.  Who completes the Affidavits for Applicants Moral Character forms?

A.  Two citizens of good standing in your community whom you have not already listed as a reference in the application.  These people should have known you for at least one (1) year.
 
 
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.
 
 
Q.  How long does it take to complete the Admission by Motion process?

A.   Approximately 120 days for a standard application.
 
 
Q. Does the Nebraska State Bar Commission have copies of prior exams? 

A.  No. You may access prior exams through the National Conference of Bar Examiners website. 
 
 
Q.  How may I obtain a copy of my application? 

A.  Complete the request form (found on the Forms page) and submit it to nsc.attyadmissions@nebraska.gov.  Copies are $20.00 each for either a certified or non-certified copy.  Payment options are listed on the request form.
 
 
Q. Do you have a late application option for bar exam applicants?
A. Yes. Up to 30 days after the exam application deadline you may submit a completed application by paying an additional $150.00 late application fee. 
 
 
Q.  What is required to use my laptop for the written portion of the bar exam?

A.  Each examination period, applicants will be notified of the fee amount, specific dates and instructions for the registration period provided for downloading examination software. Laptop users are required to submit a notarized liability waiver before being approved by the director to register and download the bar examination software. Only applicants who have been approved by the director will be permitted to use a laptop for the examination. Any applicant who does not complete the laptop registration process by the deadline date will automatically be assigned a seat in the handwriting section.
 
 
Q.  How much are annual license fees (dues/assessments)?

A.  Contact the Nebraska Supreme Court Attorney Services Division Help Desk at (402) 471-3137.
 
 
Q. What are the telephone numbers for the Nebraska Supreme Court Attorney Services Division Help Desk, Mandatory Continuing Legal Education, the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office, the Counsel for Discipline and the Nebraska State Bar Association? 
 

Attorney Services Division (ASD) Help  Desk: 402-471-3137
MCLE: 402-471-3137
Supreme Court Clerk's Office: 402-471-3731
Counsel for Discipline: 402-471-1040
Nebraska State Bar Association: 402-475-7091

 

Fees

Type of Fee Amount
Examination Applicant Fee $490.00
Examination Applicant Fee Without a Passing MPRE Score $590.00
One-time re-application Examination Fee for the immediate next Exam $225.00
Late Exam Application $150.00
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 $50.00
Laptop Fee Bar Exam (optional) Approx. $150.00 (subject to change)
This fee is set by outside vendor and is
paid separately by the applicant
directly to the vendor 4 to 6 weeks
before the bar exam

 
Fee Explanations

Examination Fee: The $490.00 exam application fee must accompany the application and may be paid by cashier’s check or money order, payable to the Nebraska State Bar Commission (or "NSBC").  The Nebraska State Bar Commission does not accept cash, personal checks or firm checks. 
Online Processing Fee: There is a $25 fee for online processing of your application. This fee applies to all applicants. This fee is paid online to NCBE when you open an account to begin your application.
No MPRE Score: Exam applicants are required to pay an additional fee of $100 if they do not file a passing MPRE score of 85 or higher before the final deadline for applications.
Examination Laptop Fee: Applicants who wish to take the written portion of the bar exam using a laptop computer (that is provided by the applicant) must pay to register and download the exam software 4 to 6 weeks before the exam date.  Full details are provided with written notification of approval to sit for the exam.
Motion Fee: The fee for attorneys licensed in other jurisdictions and for applicants by UBE score transfer is $925. This fee must be paid by cashier's check or money order when the application is filed.  Firm checks, personal checks and cash are NOT accepted.

 
Filing Deadlines

Classes 1A and 1C applicants must file no later than three years afer the publication of their bar exam scores. For exam applicants, the application must be completed and filed beginning September 1 and no later than November 1 for the February examination; and beginning January 2 and no later than March 1 for the July examination. If November 1 or March 1 fall on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be the next business day.  Applications filed more than 30 days after the deadline will not be accepted.  An application is filed when it is recieved by the Director, the postmark date does not determine the filing date. 

 

Nebraska Bar Examination Filing Deadlines:

Exam Month File No Earlier Than Filing Deadline for Examination
February September 1 November 1
July January 2 March 1


Upcoming Examination Dates:

  • February 21 & 22, 2017
  • July 25 & 26, 2017
  • February 27 & 28, 2018
  • July 24 & 25, 2018

 
Refund Policy 

Examination:

  1. If an applicant has registered for the Bar Examination and withdraws less than 30 days before the date of the examination, only the portion of the fee charged for the MPT, MBE and MEE may be refunded.
  2. If applicant provides written notice of withdrawal from the exam at least 30 days before the exam, a written request may 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.

 Motion:

No refund is available for motion applicants who withdraw or are denied admission.