Bar Exam Information*
All law school graduates must apply for admission to a state bar in order to obtain a license to practice law in that jurisdiction. The criteria for eligibility to take the bar examination or to otherwise qualify for bar admission are set by each state’s board of bar examiners, including character and fitness requirements. Some states require that law students register for the bar exam as early as the first semester of the first year of law school and/or have other jurisdiction-specific requirements. A list of those states and their requirements can be found at States Requiring Early Law Student Registration. Students who miss the early registration deadlines in these states may end up paying more expensive late registration fees. You can download the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements at www.ncbex.org. Information on different jurisdictions’ character and fitness requirements can be found in Chart 2.
- General Requirements and Exam Information
- States Requiring Early Law Student Registration
- Jurisdiction-Specific Requirements
- Directory of State Bar Admission Offices
- New Pro Bono Requirement for the New York Bar
*Excerpt from the National Conference of Bar Examiners, http://www.ncbex.org.