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State Bar Information

Bar Application Process Overview

During law school, a student evolves from educational consumer to legal professional.  An important part of this transition is taking ownership of the professional obligations inherent in becoming and remaining a licensed attorney.  Ownership includes, among other things,

(1) researching and understanding the unique licensure requirements of one’s jurisdiction,

(2) thoroughly reviewing and completing all necessary licensing forms in compliance with any applicable deadlines,

(3) communicating directly with the board of bar examiners in one’s jurisdiction to resolve any questions related to bar examination, licensing and continuing legal education (“CLE”) requirements,

(4) identifying, registering for and participating in appropriate programs to fulfill the CLE requirements in one’s jurisdiction and

(5) staying abreast of changing requirements in one’s jurisdiction and responding to those changes as required.  To support its students and alumni in learning more about the unique requirements of each jurisdiction, Penn Law provides links to the following resources.

Rules vary dramatically from state to state, and you should carefully review the requirements of the board of bar examiners of the state in which you plan to sit for the bar.

In addition to the bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction.  Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction.  Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners and also linked from the State Bar Examiners Web Sites below.

Also, for a comprehensive guide to bar admission requirements in different states, click here

There are Generally 5 Steps to Getting Licensed:

State Bar Examiners Web Sites

All law students should continuously consult the Bar Examiners of the jurisdiction(s) of interest to them. First-year J.D. students may be able to reduce their fees by registering with certain Bars early in their law school careers. Upper class and LL.M. students should carefully observe all deadlines, fee payments, and other requirements for registering for and taking bar exams. Links to the bar examiner web sites are below.


If the bar to which you are applying requires that the Law School complete a form, please bring the form into the Registrar’s Office or send the form to the following address:

The Registrar’s Office
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Room GK-103D
3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6204

If the bar also requires that we submit a copy of your law school application or other pertinent information, please request this at the time of the submission of your bar form.

There is no fee for the completion of bar forms and supporting documents. However, if the bar requires an official copy of your transcript, you will need to include $10.00 (cash or check) for each transcript. Checks should be made payable to the “University of Pennsylvania.”