Hawaii

IMPORTANT: 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. 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. (Information last updated Sep 08, 2022.)

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 11
  • Bar Exam Application Fees: See Chart 11

UBE Adoption

  • UBE Adoption: No

Admission on Transferred UBE Score

  • Admission on Transferred UBE Score: No

Hawaii 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 9

MPRE Requirements

Character and Fitness Investigations

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

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

Admission on Motion

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Bar Admission Agency
Board of Examiners
Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii

Ali'iolani Hale, Rm. 103
417 S. King St.

Honolulu, HI 96813-2912

Phone: (808) 539-4919

Fax: (808) 539-4978

Email: baradmissions@courts.hawaii.gov

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Bar Admission Online Guide

Jurisdiction-specific bar admission requirements 
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