Maine Admission Laws

Maine admission laws are set forth in Title 4 of Maine Revised Statutes, and the Maine Bar Admission Rules.  Admitting body is the Board of Bar Examiners (“board”) appointed by the state Supreme Court.  Required exams are Multistate Bar Examination, Multistate Essay Examination, Multistate Performance Test, and Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination with a scale score of 80.  The applicant should graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.  Undergraduates should have at least completed two years in an accredited law school and worked as a candidate for that degree at an accredited college/university, or successfully completed two third of the law graduation from an accredited law school and continued law studies in an attorney’s office for one year within Maine.

Other state attorneys can try cases in any courts of Maine by making a motion to the court desired to appear.  However, other state attorneys desiring to have a general practice in Maine should be licensed by the board.  All attorneys should undergo Mandatory Continuing Legal Education for 11 hours yearly.

4 M.R.S. § 802 reads:
”   Attorneys who are practicing law in other states, territories or foreign countries may be admitted on motion to try cases in any of the courts of this State by those courts, but shall not be admitted to the general practice of law in this State without complying with section 805-A.”

Me. Bar Admis. R. 11 reads:
”(a) General Requirement. Each person who is admitted after July 1, 1987, shall have obtained a passing grade on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) prepared and administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The MPRE may be taken at any time and place that is offered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, within or without the State of Maine.
(b) Educational Qualifications. The MPRE may be taken at any time after an applicant has entered law school.
(c) Passing Score. A scale score of 80 as established by the National Conference of Bar Examiners shall be the passing score in this State for the MPRE, except that an MPRE scale score of 75 as established by the National Conference of Bar Examiners for an MPRE taken before July 1, 2006, shall be accepted from any applicant who is not admitted in any other jurisdiction.”


Inside Maine Admission Laws