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For admission to the bar, do you require certain courses, activities, or skills training prior to admission?
Alabama Online course on Alabama law is required for applicants seeking admission by examination or by UBE score transfer.
Alaska Applicant must attend presentation on attorney ethics as prescribed by the Board, currently a 11⁄2-hour video course offered by the bar
Arizona Online course on Arizona law is required prior to admission for all applicants.
Colorado Exam applicants must complete the Colorado Supreme Court’s mandatory course Practicing with Professionalism. Newly admitted on motion or via transferred UBE score must complete the course within the  rst 6 months of admission as a CLE requirement.
Delaware 5-month clerkship and pre-admission session conducted by the Supreme Court and Board of Bar Examiners.
Maryland Rule requires applicants who are successful on the bar exam to complete an orientation program presented under the authority of the
Court of Appeals between the time that the applicant’s exam results are released and the time of admission.
Massachusetts Beginning March 1, 2018, all petitioners for admission must successfully complete an online multiple-choice test, based on substantive materials provided online, on key distinctions and essential highlights of Massachusetts law and procedure.
Montana Montana Law Seminar attendance is required prior to admission. The course is offered the day after the bar exam. New Mexico One-day, in-person course on New Mexico law is required prior to admission.
New York Applicants are required to perform 50 hours of pro bono service before they can be sworn in. (The requirement does not apply to lawyers licensed elsewhere who are seeking admission without examination.) Qualifying work may be performed at any time during law school and prior to  ling an application for admission and can include pro bono work performed for a law school clinical program or during a summer job, internship, or externship. The work need not be completed before taking the bar examination. Online course (NYLC) and online exam (NYLE) on New York law is required prior to admission for applicants seeking admission by examination or by UBE score transfer. The New York Court
of Appeals has added a new skills competency requirement for admission to the bar. Applicants may satisfy the new requirement by completing one of  ve separate pathways contained in Section 520.18 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals. Applicants should review the requirements of the new rule to assist them with selecting a law school that provides a program that will allow them to meet the new requirement. The new skills competency requirement applies to all applicants who commence their law school studies after August 1, 2016, and to those foreign-educated applicants who commence their LL.M. program after August 1, 2018.
North Carolina General Applicants and UBE Transfer Applicants who  le an application for admission on or after June 30, 2018, will be required to successfully complete the UBE North Carolina State-Speci c Component to be eligible for licensure. This component is an online course on North Carolina law covering six subject areas. General Applicants and UBE Transfer Applicants will be required to watch a video (approximately one hour in length) and successfully complete three hurdle questions for each of the six subject areas.
South Carolina Must complete online Course of Study on South Carolina Law prior to admission. Washington Quali ed applicants must complete a free 4-hour course. Available live or online.
For admission to the bar, do you require certain courses, activities, or skills training after admission?
Arizona Completion of professionalism course is required within the  rst year of admission.
Arkansas Each person admitted to the Bar of Arkansas by examination shall complete a mandatory course on maintaining an Arkansas law license required by the Arkansas Supreme Court. The course shall be completed within 2 years after the date an attorney is certi ed for admission by the Board of Law Examiners. The course will be offered various times throughout the year.
California Beginning February 2018, new attorneys must complete the State Bar’s New Attorney Training 10-hour online program within the  rst year of admission, which can also be applied to the regular MCLE requirement of all attorneys.
District of Columbia Mandatory course on D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct and D.C. Practice; requirement must be met within 12 months of admission.
Florida Mandatory basic skills course, including instruction on discipline, ethics, and responsibility to the public, must be completed within 12 months of admission, and may be completed 12 months prior to admission.
Georgia Mandatory Transition into Law Practice Program must be completed in the year of admission or in the next calendar year. Program requires that newly admitted lawyers are subject to State Bar mandatory mentoring program for their  rst year of practice and must complete continuing legal education component. Certain classes of new lawyers are exempt (e.g., judicial law clerks).
Hawaii Completion of State Bar’s professionalism course no later than December 31 of the year following the year of election of active status. Idaho Completion of 10 continuing legal education credits addressing Idaho law is required within 12 months of admission.
Illinois Newly admitted attorneys must complete the following two requirements. (1) A course accredited as a Basic Skills Course. In lieu of that course, an attorney may undertake a mentoring program approved by the Commission on Professionalism. (2) At least 9 other hours of Illinois- approved CLE credit, including any amount of professional responsibility (PR) credit. Participating in a mentoring program cited in Part 1 counts toward these 9 hours only if it was not completed in lieu of the Basic Skills course.
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