April 19, 2018

Rules Governing Admission to the Bar Amended by the Colorado Supreme Court

The Colorado Supreme Court has amended the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure that outline the process for admission to the Colorado Bar. The changes allow for admission for applicants who have passed the Uniform Bar Exam in another state no more than than two years ago, or less than five years ago if combined with work experience. The change was made to CRCP Chapter 18 – Rules Governing Admission to the Bar.

Rule 201.3 – Classification of Applicants – Section 5 was amended with a new definition for such “Class B” applicants:

those applicants who have taken the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) in another state or territory of the United States or in the District of Columbia within two years preceding application for admission to the Bar of Colorado and earned a score that is passing based upon standards set by the Colorado Supreme Court.

A further delineation of requirements for Class B admission follows for those who passed the exam less than five years ago and have been practicing law since, and can be reviewed here.

Additionally, a new classification of applicants was created. Class C applicants must take a written exam. Overall, Rules 201.3, 201.4, 201.5, 201.12, and 201.14 were amended by the Colorado Supreme Court.

Click here to read more about all of the amended bar admission rules, outlined as Rule Change 2011(14).

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  1. Michael Delcour says:

    What is the Universal Bar Exam?

  2. Zachary Willis says:

    The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is a standardized bar exam that would be taken across the country in all jurisdictions. A handful of states have adopted the UBE, and the ABA’s Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has urged its nation-wide adoption. Colorado has not yet signed on, although it already administers the three components of the UBE: the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).

  3. Kellie Early says:

    Colorado has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). Because Colorado already administers the three components of the UBE, the only rule amendment necessary to adopt the UBE was to provide for admission on the basis of a UBE score earned in another jurisdiction.

  4. Zachary Willis says:

    Great, thanks for the clarification Kellie. You’re right, while Colorado won’t administer its first UBE until February 2012, we are indeed a jurisdiction that has now adopted it.

  5. I’m a California student who is thinking about taking the Colorado Bar, and I’m a bit confused about whether or not the adoption of the UBE means that Colorado-specific questions have been eliminated from the exam. Is this the case?

  6. Zachary Willis says:

    We’d love to have you in Colorado, Sophia. The Board of Law Examiners would be best suited to answer your question. You can contact them at (303) 866-6626 or information@coexam.state.co.us.


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