Each applicant will be required to execute under oath a thorough application and to sign an authorization and release form that extends to the Commission and to any persons or institutions supplying information thereto. The applicant will be informed of the consequences of failing to produce information requested by the application and of making material omissions or misrepresentations. (Appendix A).
(A) Form and content of application. Until March 14, 2015, all applications must be made on forms furnished through the Character and Fitness page of the NCBE Web site and mailed or delivered in person to the Commission at the address provided on the application. Beginning on March 15, 2015, the application and all supplementary forms will be available for electronic submission on the Admissions Web site. Applications shall be completed and submitted electronically in the manner prescribed by the Commission as outlined in the application. The Commission may modify or amend the forms as deemed necessary. Beginning March 15, 2015, the submission of paper application is subject to the director’s approval upon good cause shown.
(B) Time for filing application. The application must be completed and filed beginning September 1 and no later than November 1 preceding the February examination and beginning January 2 and no later than March 1 preceding the July examination. If November 1 or March 1 fall on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be the next business day. Applications filed fewer than 30 days after the deadline are subject to a late fee. Applications filed more than 30 days after the deadline will not be accepted. Applicants who failed the immediate prior examination may file up to 30 days from the date of notification of examination results without paying a late fee. Paper applications must be delivered by mail or in person to the Commission. Paper applications are filed when received by the director. Application filed after March 14, 2015, shall be submitted electronically through the Admissions application Web site. The director may give approval for the submission of a paper application upon good cause shown.
(C) Fees. No application for examination and admission shall be accepted by the director of admissions unless such application is accompanied by the full amount of examination, investigation, and administrative fees required by these Rules. (Appendix E).
The application fee submitted with a paper application only is payable by certified or cashier check or money order to the director of the Nebraska State Bar Commission. Personal or business checks will not be accepted. Beginning on March 15, 2015, the application fee shall be paid electronically through the Admissions application Web site at the time the application is submitted. A laptop fee for the MEE and MPT portion of the examination must be paid directly to the examination software vendor selected by the Commission.
(D) Refund policy. If the applicant has registered for the bar examination and cancels not more than 30 days prior to the examination, only the portion of the fee charged for the UBE test documents will be refunded.
(E) Failure to appear for examination. If the applicant has registered for the bar examination and fails to appear, no refund is permitted.
(F) Deferment. Provided at least 30 days written or electronic mail notice has been given to the director prior to the date set for the examination, registration fees which have been paid for a bar examination may be held over and applied toward the next available bar examination. No additional deferments are permitted.
(G) Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) scores. MPRE scores must be on file by the application deadline of November 1 for the following February examination and March 1 for the following July examination. The scaled score of 85 is required for a passing grade. If the MPRE score is not on file by the application deadline, the late fee applies.
(H) Fingerprints. Applicants must submit two complete sets of fingerprints with the applicant’s bar application on a form designated by the Commission as provided under Neb. Rev. Stat. § 7-102(2), or have their fingerprints scanned by an authorized agency. Scanned fingerprints will be processed electronically. Fingerprints obtained by the inking and rolling method must be contained on a Federal Form FD-258 (REV. 5-11-99), which is also known as the “APPLICANT” fingerprinting card. The applicant must have his or her fingerprints rolled or scanned at an authorized agency (police or sheriff’s department or highway patrol office), and applicants must complete all applicable identifying information on two fingerprinting cards. The applicant must sign the cards and have the authorized official rolling the applicant’s fingerprints also sign and date the cards, with that official printing his or her ON number on the back of the card. Failure to complete all the personal information requested on the top portion of the fingerprint card will cause an application to be delayed and/or rejected. The Commission will forward the fingerprints of all such applicants to the Nebraska State Patrol for a national criminal history record information check by the Identification Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Supreme Court may, at any time, order the Commission to discontinue requesting, or to thereafter resume requesting, fingerprint record checks on all applicants that are fingerprinted pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 7-102(2).
§ 3-114 amended July 25, 2013, effective August 1, 2013; § 3-114(I) deleted January 14, 2015; § 3-114(A)-(C) and (F) amended March 11, 2015; § 3-114(B) and (H) amended June 22, 2016; § 3-114(G) amended November 30, 2016.