Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) Score Transfers

MBE Transfer Policy

All applicants that sit for the bar examination in Pennsylvania must take the entire exam in Pennsylvania in order to have their examination graded. MBE scores may not be transferred from another jurisdiction to Pennsylvania, nor can scores be "grandfathered" from a previous administration of the examination.

However, MBE scores from Pennsylvania may be transferred to other jurisdictions that accept transfers. Some states offer their state specific examination (essays) on the last Thursday in February and July of each year (e.g. NJ, MA, WY, TN). Applicants who sit for the entire examination in Pennsylvania may seek to subsequently sit for only for the essays in one of these jurisdictions. This is labeled “sitting concurrently.” In these cases, applicants may seek to have Pennsylvania transfer their MBE score to the other state.

Attorneys who were admitted by bar examination in Pennsylvania and who seek admission on motion to another state bar may also seek to have the board office transfer their MBE scores.

MBE Transfer Process and fees

Those who are applying to sit for the current bar examination and seek to have Pennsylvania transfer their MBE score to another jurisdiction should select this option and select the other jurisdiction when completing the online application to sit for the bar examination. Applicants must also remit the associated fee for this request.

Those who sat for a previous bar examination and seek to have Pennsylvania transfer their MBE score to another jurisdiction must send a letter making the request to the board office with the appropriate fee. The letter should include: your full name, last four digits of your social security number, the date of your successful bar examination (month and year) and the address for the board office to send the MBE transfer information. This request typically takes 7 to 10 business days for processing.