Application for Admission by Examination

Application for Admission by Examination

Announcement Regarding In-Person July Bar Exam

The Nebraska State Bar Commission will host a live, in-person Bar Examination on July 27 and 28, 2021, at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln, Nebraska.

While current indications show it will be safe to hold an in-person exam, the Commission continues to be in close contact with local public health officials regarding pandemic conditions, and compliance with local and State Directed Health Measures. If conditions warrant, the Commission would be able to shift to a remote exam, with a decision being made by May 1, 2021.  

Nebraska has hosted successful and safe exams whether by in-person or remote format as evidenced by the July and September 2020 in-person exams, and the February 2021 remote-only exam.  In making any exam format decisions, the Nebraska Supreme Court is guided by its substantial interests in keeping examinees, staff, and volunteers as safe as possible, protecting exam security, and making sure the exam is accessible to all. As experienced throughout the pandemic, circumstances may change and plans may need modification due to changing public health concerns.

While Nebraska will host an in-person exam, the Bar Commission will accept motion applications from  other UBE states for candidates who meet the Nebraska score requirements of Neb. Ct. R. § 3-117(F).

The patience of examinees is appreciated as test day requirements become clearly defined.  More information will be shared with examinees as May 1, 2021 approaches.



The Nebraska Supreme Court (Court) exercises jurisdiction over admission to the practice of law in the State of Nebraska. The Court established the Nebraska State Bar Commission (Commission) to review all applicants and make recommendations to the Court for admission. The Commission oversees the administration of the Uniform Bar Exam (“UBE”) in Nebraska twice yearly for admission by examination.  

*All applicants must apply using the Nebraska admissions application located here: This system has been configured to work best with Google Chrome. It is strongly encouraged to use this browser when completing the application.

Please read the ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PRACTICE OF LAW  before completing and submitting an application.

FORMS: When the application is complete, follow this link to find the necessary forms noted in the Bar Application Completion Checklist (see next paragraph for checklist):

The Bar Application Checklist (also found under Forms):

Payment must be made through the online admissions application website. Credit cards, debit cards, or e-checks are accepted. Physical checks will not be accepted. Applications will not be processed until full payment has been received. 

References provided by applicants are essential to the character and fitness investigation. Applicants will facilitate the processing of their application by providing correct email addresses in the contact information for all references.

Fingerprints are required of all applicants. In some cases, fingerprint agencies will scan and submit fingerprints electronically and it is not necessary for the applicant to submit fingerprint cards. When the agency does not submit fingerprints electronically, the applicant must return two physical cards by mail or in person to the Nebraska State Bar Commission.  All biodata required on the fingerprint cards must be completed by the applicant for processing.  Failure to complete the information may cause several weeks delay in processing.  Applicants may request blank fingerprint cards by emailing Please provide your mailing address in which the physical cards can be mailed when emailing to request cards. Completed fingerprint cards may be mailed or hand delivered to:

Nebraska State Bar Commission of the Nebraska Supreme Court
3806 Normal Blvd.
Lincoln, Nebraska 68506-5241

Supplements to the Application
Applicants may be required to complete supplemental forms and/or provide supplementary documentation in response to some items on the application. These forms and documents are indicated within the application. Documents required of all first-time applicants for admission by examination are:

In addition to the required documents listed above, applicants are required to provide an MPRE score of 85 or above before the application deadline to avoid paying a $100 fee.

Deadlines and Fees
An application is deemed filed when it is received by the director.  Additionally, an application is not complete until all required releases, notarized and other supplementary forms and documents are received. To avoid paying a late fee the application must be completed and received before November 1 (for the February exam) or on or before March 1 (for the July exam). 

Revision Forms (if applicable)
If you need to revise any of your responses after you have submitted your application, please use the Revisions Form. Upload it under "Applicant Documentation" of your application when completed. 

Amendment Forms (if applicable)
If you need to make any amendments to your submitted online application, please use the following forms as needed:

Criminal Case Amendment Form
Employment Amendment Form
General Amendment Form
Name Change Amendment Form
Residential Address Amendment Form
Traffic Violation Amendment Form

You may scan and email forms submitted after your application has been filed to the following email address: Please also make sure to upload it under "Applicant Documentation" of your application as well.


PLEASE NOTE: Individuals with non-ADA qualifying health related conditions (e.g. breastfeeding, diabetes, pregnancy, mobility impairments etc.) may request a non-ADA administrative accommodation. The request may be made in the form of a letter.  The request must state the health condition and the specific accommodations desired. Medical documentation verifying the condition is required.  The request should be submitted with the application for the bar exam, no later than the filing deadline. Requests are granted on a case by case basis. Non-emergency requests that are not made on or before the filing deadline will be denied.


If you have any questions regarding the filing of your application, please contact Attorney Admissions at (402) 471-3092 or


Upcoming Examination Dates:​

  • Tuesday, July 27, 2021, & Wednesday, July 28, 2021
  • Tuesday, February  22, 2022, & Wednesday, February 23, 2022
  • Tuesday, July 26, 2022, & Wednesday, July 27, 2022