South Carolina

Since jurisdiction rules and policies change, you are strongly advised to consult the jurisdiction's bar admission agency directly for the most current information.
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The information provided on this page is drawn from the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements ("Guide"). Links are provided to specific charts in the Guide; each chart is followed by jurisdiction-specific supplemental remarks. Please consult both the chart and its remarks for complete information. NOTE: The Guide is updated on an annual basis, while the website is updated throughout the year. The website supersedes the Guide where the two differ. (Website jurisdiction information last updated Aug 24, 2016.)

Bar Exam Eligibility, Deadlines, and Fees

  • ABA-Approved Law School J.D. Required: Yes
  • Foreign Law Graduate Eligibility: No
  • Bar Exam Application Filing Deadlines: See Chart 6
  • Bar Exam Application Fees: See Chart 7

UBE Adoption

  • UBE Adoption: Yes
  • UBE First Administration Date: February 2017
  • UBE Minimum Passing Score: 266
  • UBE Jurisdiction-Specific Component: Yes

Admission on Transferred UBE Score

  • Admission on Transferred UBE Score: Yes
  • Effective Date: May 2017
  • Minimum Score: 266
  • Maximum Score Age: 3 Years
  • Jurisdiction-Specific Component: Yes
  • UBE Score Services

South Carolina Bar Exam Components

  • The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE): Yes
  • The Multistate Essay Examination (MEE): Yes
  • The Multistate Performance Test (MPT): Yes
  • Jurisdiction-Drafted Exam: No

MPRE Requirements

Character and Fitness Investigations

This jurisdiction does not use NCBE's character and fitness services; please contact South Carolina for filing instructions.

Admission on Motion

Admission Solely on Transferred MBE Score

  • Admission Solely on Transferred MBE Score: No

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Bar Admission Agency
South Carolina Supreme Court
Board of Law Examiners

1231 Gervais St.
P.O. Box 11330

Columbia, SC 29211

Phone: (803) 734-1080

Fax: (803) 734-0394

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