Legal Career Resources

Bar Admission Requirements Vary per State
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

bar exam requirements

Summary: Before jumping into law school and receiving your J.D., be sure you know the requirements for admission to the bar in whichever state you plan on applying for.

Every state and territory has different bar admission requirements so before you dive into the legal industry, take a look at of what it will take to become a practicing lawyer. Some of the differing requirements include education and residency rules.

  
What
Where


While every state has character and fitness evaluation requirements and fees, the rest of the admission requirements vary. The other categories are U.S. residency, felony conviction, conditional admission, prelegal education, law degree from ABA-approved school, and other study requirements.

Last Minute Reading for Bar Exam Takers

When it comes to requiring an applicant to be a U.S. resident, Arkansas, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island are the only ones. The rest of the states and territories are open to admitting lawyers that are not U.S. residents.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




The states and territories that do not have additional study requirements are California, Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

The Uniform Bar Exam Debate

Felony convictions in Connecticut and Indiana show a presumption of evidence of lack of good moral character. Montana believes an applicant with a felony conviction lacks good moral character until they complete their sentence. Ohio has specific conditions that convicted felons must meet and Illinois requires felons to pass the character and fitness levels before taking the bar exam.

Application for Bar Admission by Immigrant Supported by California Attorney General

Another area that needs careful attention is the additional education category. Some states require specific classes while others require continued education in areas. For example, Delaware requires applicants to pass a 5-month clerkship and pre-admission session. Idaho requires to continuing education credits in the first year of admission.

Source: https://www.bcgsearch.com/article/900046478/State-by-State-Bar-Admission-Requirements/

Photo: barexammind.com



 

RELEVANT JOBS

Legal Assistant

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Fast-paced Plaintiff\'s personal injury law firm seeks experienced, detail-oriented, and very organi...

Apply now

Associate Attorney

USA-ND-Fargo

SW&L Attorneys is seeking to hire an associate attorney to join our commercial litigation and constr...

Apply now

Real Estate Attorney

USA-NC-Apex

Our firm is looking for a bright and ambitious attorney interested in complementing our rapidly grow...

Apply now

Employment & Civil Rights Attorney

USA-NJ-Cherry Hill

Law Offices of Eric A. Shore has a national reputation and has served more than 40,000 workers natio...

Apply now

BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Corporate Associate Attorney

USA-PA-Philadelphia

Philadelphia office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks corporate associate attorney ...

Apply Now

Corporate Associate Attorney

USA-PA-King of Prussia

King of Prussia office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks corporate associate attorn...

Apply Now

Family Law Attorney

USA-CO-Denver

Denver office of our client seeks family law attorney with 5+ years of experience. The candidate wil...

Apply Now

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top