N.M. R. Bar Adm. 15-302

As amended through May 8, 2024
Rule 15-302 - UBE score transfer method
A.Description. As further specified in this rule, a qualified applicant may apply for a 1 license to be issued on the applicant's satisfactory completion of all requirements for this method 2 of licensure, including receipt of a passing score on the UBE in a state other than New Mexico.
B.Application deadlines. An application for a license under this rule may be submitted at any time.
C.Qualifications. An applicant for a license under this rule shall provide proof that 6 the applicant meets the qualifications set forth in Rule 15-202 NMRA, and must provide proof that the applicant has received a passing score on the examination of the minimum competence to practice law within five (5) years before the date of submission of the application, and has received 9 a passing score on the examination of professional responsibility and legal ethics.
DCharacter and fitness. The board shall make a determination about the character 11 and fitness of an applicant as set forth in Rule 15-205 NMRA for any applicant who has submitted 12 an application for a license under this rule. An applicant shall pay any fees and costs associated 13 with a character and fitness hearing.
E.Procedure for issuance. On the board's receipt from an applicant of (a) a completed application for a license under this rule, (b) the required fees and costs, and (c) documents required by Paragraph C, then
(1) the board shall evaluate the applicant's character and fitness as described in Rule 15-205 NMRA; and
(2) on the board's determination the applicant is qualified and possesses the requisite character and fitness, then the board shall follow the requirements of Rule 15-207(A) NMRA for recommending issuance of a license to the applicant.
F.Fees and costs. The following fees and costs must be paid by the applicant on submission of the application for a license under this rule, and shall not offset fees and costs required to apply for another method of licensure:
(1)Application fee. An application fee according to a published schedule of application fees promulgated by the board and approved by the Supreme Court; and
(2)Investigation costs. Investigation costs according to the schedule of pass-6 through costs promulgated by the board as described in Rule 15-204(B) NMRA.
G.Specific ongoing requirements. An applicant approved for a license under this 8 rule shall comply with the requirements of Rule 15-206 NMRA and Rule 15-207 NMRA.
H.Limitations. A person practicing law under a license issued under this rule is not subject to any limitation, unless otherwise ordered by the Supreme Court.
I.Expiration. A license issued under this rule does not expire.
J.Suspension of license. A license issued under this rule is only subject to suspension 13 as described in the Rules Governing Discipline, Rules 17-101 to -316 NMRA.
K.Revocation. A license issued under this rule is only subject to revocation as described in Rule 15-201(F) NMRA and the Rules Governing Discipline, Rules 17-101 to -316 16 NMRA.

N.M. R. Bar Adm. 15-302

As amended, effective 11/1/1994; as amended by Supreme Court Order No. 15-8300-018, effective 11/1/2015; as amended by Supreme Court Order No. 16-8300-035, effective for status changes on or after12/31/2016; as amended by Supreme Court Order No. 21-8300-030, effective 12/31/2021; as amended by Supreme Court Order No. S-1-RCR-2023-00036, effective12/31/2023.

ANNOTATIONS The 2016 amendment, approved by Supreme Court Order No. 16-8300-035, effective December 31, 2016, provided separate procedures for reinstatement to active status for certain attorneys who have been on inactive status and for certain attorneys who have been suspended from the State Bar for nonpayment of dues or for non-compliance with MCLE requirements; in Paragraph B, designated the first sentence as Subparagraph B(1), added Subparagraph B(2), and designated the last sentence from former Paragraph B as Subparagraph B(3); in Subparagraph B(1), after "A member of the bar who", deleted "voluntarily withdraws from membership" and added "has been on inactive status and in good standing", after "in the state bar", deleted "or goes on inactive status pursuant to the rules of the state bar, or who has been suspended for nonpayment of bar dues or fees," and added "for a period of one (1) year or more under the Rules Governing the New Mexico Bar"; and in Subparagraph B(3), after "reinstatement", added "under this paragraph". The 2015 amendment, approved by Supreme Court Order No. 15-8300-018, effective November 1, 2015; in Paragraph A, in the third sentence, after "notification that they have", deleted "passed the examination" and added "satisfied all requirements for admission". The 1994 amendment, effective November 1, 1994, in Paragraph A, substituted "and applicants who are being admitted with conditions set by the Supreme Court" for "as provided in these rules" in the first sentence, substituted "Applicants" for "Qualified applicants" in the second sentence, added the language beginning "or follow" in the third sentence, and inserted "or who fail to arrange for out-of-state swearing-in as prescribed by the Board of Bar Examiners" in the last sentence; deleted former Paragraph B relating to reinstatement of residents; redesignated former Paragraph C as Paragraph B and, in that paragraph, deleted "non-residents" from the paragraph heading, inserted "voluntarily withdraws from membership in the state bar, or" near the beginning, deleted "and who moves from the state" following the first occurrence of "fees", substituted the language beginning "a fee of three hundred fifty dollars ($350.00)" for "such fee not to exceed three hundred fifty dollars ($350.00), as the board deems necessary to defray investigation and reinstatement costs" at the end of the first sentence, and added the last sentence; deleted former Paragraph D relating to a bar examination for reinstatement if not already passed; redesignated former Paragraph E as Paragraph C; and made gender neutral and minor stylistic changes throughout the rule. Am. Jur. 2d, A.L.R. and C.J.S. references. - 7 Am. Jur. 2d Attorneys at Law §§ 12 to 24. 7 C.J.S. Attorney and Client §§ 10 to 18.