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Can i just take the MBE and waive into DC Bar?

I am behind in studying for the Maryland Bar exam and wanted lawandwar04/12/17
Don't you have until the end of July to study? Plenty of tim govlaw04/12/17
You have to be admitted to waive in. elle30104/12/17
im admitted in Louisiana already. lawandwar04/12/17
For how many years? Another way in to DC is to have been a anonattempt04/12/17
ive only been admitted for 2 years so far. lawandwar04/12/17
Then go for it. elle30104/12/17
but can i take the MBE only and then waive in? lawandwar04/12/17
Never tried it, but I think if you received a 133 MBE score kramer71604/12/17
I think the answer is kind of. Use da Google. Short answer anonattempt04/12/17
I don't think he got an MBE score, he is admitted in the one wolfman04/12/17
we dont have the MBE in louisiana. I took a 3 day essay exam lawandwar04/12/17
Well even with an MBE score it looks like you'd have to take anonattempt04/13/17
thank you for the clarification. In my state, we only have t lawandwar04/13/17
Well, I've never heard of signing up for the MBE section onl anonattempt04/13/17
lawandwar (Apr 12, 2017 - 2:45 pm)

I am behind in studying for the Maryland Bar exam and wanted to know if i can just bypass the entire bar exam and just take the MBE and waive in?

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govlaw (Apr 12, 2017 - 7:07 pm)

Don't you have until the end of July to study? Plenty of time. Plus with MD you can waive into DC, but probably not the other way. There are likely way more jobs that will take a MD license over DC. Federal jobs will take your Louisiana bar.

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elle301 (Apr 12, 2017 - 2:50 pm)

You have to be admitted to waive in.

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lawandwar (Apr 12, 2017 - 2:55 pm)

im admitted in Louisiana already.

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anonattempt (Apr 12, 2017 - 3:47 pm)

For how many years? Another way in to DC is to have been a member in good standing of another jurisdiction (regardless of whether its an MBE jurisdiction) for 5 years.

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lawandwar (Apr 12, 2017 - 8:29 pm)

ive only been admitted for 2 years so far.

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elle301 (Apr 12, 2017 - 2:59 pm)

Then go for it.

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lawandwar (Apr 12, 2017 - 3:06 pm)

but can i take the MBE only and then waive in?

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kramer716 (Apr 12, 2017 - 3:15 pm)

Never tried it, but I think if you received a 133 MBE score from Louisiana then you can transfer that over, but honestly not sure.

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anonattempt (Apr 12, 2017 - 3:31 pm)

I think the answer is kind of. Use da Google. Short answer is you can't get out taking a bar exam. I mean, don't you have to take a bar exam to get an MBE score?

See top of page 5 (section "X."): http://www.dccourts.gov/internet/documents/Bar-Exam-Instructions-and-Information-July-2017.pdf

Looks like an applicant who received an MBE scaled score of 133 or higher on a prior MBE (taken within 25 months of the present exam) may waive in the MBE score and take only the essay exam. An essay score of 133 will then be required to pass the DC Bar Exam. (https://law.wisc.edu/academicenhancement/statebarreqs/dc.pdf)

I would double check that though.

But yeah, not sure how you would get out of taking a bar exam. I've never heard of only sitting for the MBE portion as being a thing, and then at that point I'd think you'd just take the non-MBE portion for shits and giggles at least.

And do your own research, don't take my quick google search as authoritative.

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wolfman (Apr 12, 2017 - 3:33 pm)

I don't think he got an MBE score, he is admitted in the one out of like two (?) US states that don't use the MBE... OP, you really should ask the DC bar, this is a situation pretty unique to people admitted in Louisiana and... what's the other state?

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lawandwar (Apr 12, 2017 - 5:14 pm)

we dont have the MBE in louisiana. I took a 3 day essay exam with a 650 cut score to pass. now that we are moving, i know that you can waive in with the MBE score but i thought it could be taken separatly from the essay portion.

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anonattempt (Apr 13, 2017 - 12:44 am)

Well even with an MBE score it looks like you'd have to take the an essay portion of a bar exam regardless. I'd say take the MD bar exam. Either you don't pass the MD bar but you get an MBE score of 133+ or you pass the MD bar with an MBE score of 133+. The latter will get you into DC without a DC bar examination, with the former you'll just have to take the DC essay portion of the DC bar exam. Either way, youll be taking and having to pass the MBE + MD's or DC's essay portion.

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lawandwar (Apr 13, 2017 - 1:18 am)

thank you for the clarification. In my state, we only have to take the MPRE and 3 full days of essay questions. It seemed as though the MBE was separate from the essay portion.

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anonattempt (Apr 13, 2017 - 4:05 pm)

Well, I've never heard of signing up for the MBE section only, but who knows. You may have to actually call the MD or DC bar to get that information.

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