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State Guidelines on Reciprocity

Summary: LawCrossing has created a chart that details all of the reciprocity guidelines across the country, as well as details on the various types of testing these attorneys must undergo.

LawCrossing has provided information on the various reciprocity rules throughout the country. Reciprocity allows attorneys who practice in one state to become licensed in another state. It is also called “admission on motion.” The American Bar Association provides guidelines that it believes each state should follow when deciding whether to accept out-of-state attorneys, but each state may follow its own rules if it so desires.


The Florida State Bar is considering allowing attorneys to practice there by reciprocity.

Twenty-five states participate in some type of reciprocity. Eight states and/or regions allow attorneys to take the Attorneys Exam, which is a written bar exam, and others require certain scores on other standardized tests.

Most states that allow reciprocity require that the attorneys have some experience practicing law, which ranges from a year to seven years of practice. All states that allow reciprocity require that the attorneys be in good standing with their local bar associations.

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The California Bar Exam and Attorneys Exam have each been shortened by one day.

Passing standardized tests offered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners are often required before an attorney will be admitted in a new state. The Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) are most commonly used.

Some states are considering using the Uniform Bar Exam.

The MRPE tests one’s knowledge of professional responsibility rules, and the MBE tests knowledge on six legal subjects. In 2015, this test will cover seven subjects.

For more information about these tests, and for a chart that compares the various reciprocity rules across the country, check out the full article at LawCrossing.

Source: LawCrossing

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