Bar Admission Guide

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The Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements, published in collaboration with the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, provides information on bar admission requirements in all US jurisdictions, including a directory of state bar admission agencies.

A print version of the Guide is published annually and is available for purchase at the NCBE Study Aids Store.

NCBE also maintains an online version of the Guide, which is updated throughout the year.


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Chart 1 : Promulgation of Rules, Prelegal Education Requirements, Law Student Registration, and Bar Exam Eligibility Before Graduation
Chart 2 : Character and Fitness Determinations
Chart 3 : Domestic Legal Education
Chart 4 : Foreign Legal Education
Chart 5 : Uniform Bar Examination Jurisdictions—Admission by Examination or by Transferred UBE Score
Chart 6 : Uniform Bar Examination Jurisdictions—MPRE Requirements, MBE Score Transfers, Courtesy Seating, and Attorneys' Exams
Chart 7 : Non–Uniform Bar Examination Jurisdictions—Admission by Examination
Chart 8Non–Uniform Bar Examination Jurisdictions—MPRE Requirements, MBE Score Transfers, and Attorneys' Exams
Chart 9 : Bar Examination Application Deadlines and Fees
Chart 10 : Grading and Scoring
Chart 11 : Additional Pre- or Post-Admission Requirements and Continuing Legal Education
Chart 12 : Admission on Motion—Years of Practice and Definition of Practice
Chart 13 : Admission on Motion—Legal Education and Reciprocity Requirements
Chart 14 : Other Licenses and Registrations
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