Washington

Since jurisdiction rules and policies change, you are strongly advised to consult the jurisdiction's bar admission agency directly for the most current information.
image

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 Nov 02, 2016.)

Bar Exam Eligibility, Deadlines, and Fees

  • ABA-Approved Law School J.D. Required: No See Chart 3
  • 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: Yes
  • UBE First Administration Date: July 2013
  • UBE Minimum Passing Score: 270
  • UBE Jurisdiction-Specific Component: Yes See Chart 6

Admission on Transferred UBE Score

  • Admission on Transferred UBE Score: Yes
  • Effective Date: September 2013
  • Minimum Score: 270
  • Maximum Score Age: 40 months
  • Jurisdiction-Specific Component: Yes See Chart 10
  • UBE Score Services

Washington 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

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

  • Attorney
  • Foreign-Educated/Foreign-Licensed
  • Admission by Transferred UBE Score
  • In-House Counsel
View Character and Fitness Services for Washington

Admission on Motion

  • Admission on Motion: Yes See Chart 11 and Chart 12
  • Number of Years of Practice Required: 3 of past 5

Admission Solely on Transferred MBE Score

  • Admission Solely on Transferred MBE Score: No

Change Jurisdiction

Bar Admission Agency
Washington State Bar Association

1325 4th Avenue, Suite 600

Seattle, WA 98101-2539

Phone: (206) 727-8209

Fax: (206) 727-8313

Email: admissions@wsba.org

Visit Website
Bar Admission Guide

Information on bar admission requirements in all U.S. jurisdictions, including a directory of state bar admission agencies