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, Pennsylvania will transfer MBE scores earned by applicants while sitting for the Pennsylvania bar exam to other jurisdictions that accept transfers.

Applicants who plan to sit for only the essay exam portion of the bar exam in the in the Virgin Islands may seek to have Pennsylvania transfer their MBE score to the Virgin Islands. Also, attorneys who were admitted by bar examination in Pennsylvania and who seek admission on motion in another state 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 should fill out the online MBE Transfer Request and mail the confirmation to the board office with the appropriate fee. This request typically takes 7 to 10 business days for processing.