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South Carolina All applicants are required to document their citizenship and immigration status.
South Dakota Prior to admission must be a resident, maintain an of ce in the state, or designate the clerk of the Supreme Court as agent for
service of process for all purposes.
Virginia All applicants are required to document their citizenship and/or current immigration status.
Is registration of law students required?
Alabama Within 60 days of starting law school.
California Within 90 days of starting law school.
Florida Law students are encouraged, but not required, to register in the  rst year of law school.
Iowa By January 15 of the year after the person commences the study of law in an accredited law school.
Mississippi By October 1 of applicant’s second year of law school.
North Dakota Law students must  le a registration application by October 1 of the second year of law school, or 14 months after the  rst day of the  rst year of law school.
Ohio By November 15 in the applicant’s second year of law school.
Oklahoma By October 15 of the year following the year in which law study was commenced.
Texas Within approximately 60 days after entry into an approved Texas law school. Does not apply to graduates from approved law schools in other states.
Are law students eligible to take the bar examination before graduation?
Arizona Arizona allows law students in their third year of study to test prior to graduation if they: 1) are currently enrolled in good standing at a law school fully or provisionally accredited by the ABA; 2) are expected to graduate within 120 days of the  rst day of early exam; 3) have satis ed all requirements for graduation except for not more than 8 semester hours at the time of early exam; 4) are not enrolled in more than 2 semester hours during the month of early exam and the immediately preceding month; 5) are determined by their school to be academically prepared for early testing; and 6) provide by the exam application deadline to the Committee on Character and Fitness an af davit attested to by the applicant and the Dean of his or her law school that the above criteria are met. Applicants for early testing have an additional 60 days after award of J.D. to provide evidence that their J.D. was conferred within 120 days of the  rst day of test administration.
District of Columbia A law student may complete and submit the bar application before receiving his or her degree; but he or she must, before the date of the examination, submit a certi cation from the law school dean showing that he or she has graduated.
Indiana Applicants who have fewer than 5 credit hours to complete, are within 100 days of graduation, have completed 2 hours of professional responsibility, and have completed all requirements for admission to the bar may sit.
Iowa Must receive degree within 45 days after the  rst day of the examination.
Kansas Must graduate within 30 days after the bar examination.
Kentucky Must have completed degree requirements prior to taking bar examination, although degree may not have been conferred.
Maryland As long as the applicant is “unquali edly eligible” for graduation prior to the  rst day of the bar exam, the actual graduation date may post-date the exam.
Mississippi Must complete all work required for degree within 60 days of the examination.
Missouri Must have completed all degree requirements prior to taking bar examination, although degree may not have been conferred.
New York To be eligible to sit for the bar exam, a J.D. applicant must present requisite proof that the applicant: (a) graduated with the J.D. degree; or (2) completed all work required for graduation, although the degree will not be conferred prior to exam; or (c) was accepted into the Pro Bono Scholars Program.
North Carolina Must graduate within 30 days after exam or must have completed all requirements for graduation prior to taking bar examination, although degree may not have been conferred.
Oregon An applicant may be allowed to sit for the examination prior to graduation if the applicant (1) is currently enrolled in a law school approved by the ABA, (2) is expected to earn a J.D. degree or Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) degree within 120 days of sitting for the examination, (3) has satis ed all graduation requirements to earn a J.D. degree or Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) degree except law school coursework that can be completed during the applicant’s post-examination  nal semester (or quarter), (4) will not be actively engaged in more than 2 semester hours (or quarter-hour equivalent) of law school coursework other than bar examination preparation courses during the month prior to the examination and the month
the examination is held, and (5) has submitted timely a properly signed Af davit for Examination on the form provided by the Oregon State Bar certifying that the applicant is academically prepared to take the examination.
Texas Must be within 4 semester hours of completing all requirements for graduation.
Vermont In 2016, Vermont adopted an early examination option for law students who have completed the equivalent of 5 semesters of full-time
study. The applicant must graduate from an approved law school within 6 months of sitting for the exam.
Virginia Must have completed all requirements for graduation prior to taking bar examination, although degree may not have been conferred.
West Virginia Board may permit applicant to take examination where applicant quali es for degree but will not receive it before examination. Board may permit examination in last semester of law school upon showing of scheduled active duty overseas at time of July examination.
Wisconsin Must receive degree within 60 days after examination.
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