Finally! The Florida Supreme Court enacted a change to the Florida Bar Admissions process. Applicants from other jurisdictions can finally transfer their passing MBE scores to Florida! Prior to November 30, 2017, Florida was known as a “Non-Reciprocity State.”
Thankfully, that rule no longer applies. This is excellent news for those applicants who successfully passed the MBE in another jurisdiction but were unable to transfer their scores to Florida, thereby being required to take the MBE as part of the Florida Bar Exam. Of course, there are time restrictions involved (see infra; see also download link).
“Effective November 30, 2017, the Supreme Court of Florida has approved a change to the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar that will allow applicants for admission to The Florida Bar to transfer Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) scores attained in other jurisdictions to Florida provided that the score meets the minimum passing score for Florida under rule 4-26.2 (currently a scaled score of 136) and the score was attained within 25 months of passing both Part A of the General Bar Examination and the MPRE as required under rule 4-18.1.
“If you are a first time taker of the examination in Florida, are currently scheduled to take both parts of the General Bar Examination in February 2018 or July 2018, and have a qualifying score on the MBE, you may transfer your MBE score to Florida and take Part A, only, of the General Bar Examination. ….
“If you are currently scheduled to re-take the General Bar Examination in part or in whole and have a qualifying MBE score, you may transfer that score to Florida. In the case where a passing MBE score was the only portion of the Florida Bar Examination that had not been passed, a refund of the re-examination fee will be issued.
“If you have a qualifying score on the MBE, are currently scheduled to take an examination, and would like to transfer to the board, please take the following steps: ….
“For February 2018 examinees, these items must be received in the board’s office by January 15, 2018.” (Quoting the FL Board of Bar Examiners Official PDF)
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