South Dakota

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: Yes See Chart 4
  • Bar Exam Application Filing Deadlines: See Chart 6
  • Bar Exam Application Fees: See Chart 7

UBE Adoption

  • UBE Adoption: No

Admission on Transferred UBE Score

  • Admission on Transferred UBE Score: No

South Dakota Bar Exam Components

  • The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE): Yes
  • The Multistate Essay Examination (MEE): Yes
  • The Multistate Performance Test (MPT): Yes
  • Jurisdiction-Drafted Exam: Yes See Chart 8

MPRE Requirements

Character and Fitness Investigations

NCBE provides character and fitness services for the following applicant types in South Dakota:

  • First Bar Admission (Examinee)
  • Attorney
  • Foreign-Educated/Foreign-Licensed
View Character and Fitness Services for South Dakota

Admission on Motion

  • Admission on Motion: Yes See Chart 11 and Chart 12
  • Number of Years of Practice Required: Past 5

Admission Solely on Transferred MBE Score

  • Admission Solely on Transferred MBE Score: No

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Bar Admission Agency
South Dakota Board of Bar Examiners

500 E. Capitol Avenue

Pierre, SD 57501

Phone: (605) 773-4898

Fax: (605) 773-8479

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