State Bar Information
Bar Application Process Overview
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. See 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:
- Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam
- Bar Exam Application & Fee
- Character & Fitness Test
- Study, Take & Pass the Bar Exam itself
- Get Sworn in Before the Court!
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
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.”
NY BAR UPDATES:
-The NY Bar amended its application requirements in January 2012 for JD candidates and in September 2012 for LL.M. candidates. Please review these changes prior to beginning your application. January 2012 Memo (PDF) /September 2012 Memo (PDF).
-The NY Bar has recently announced changes to the content of the NY Bar exam effective with the February 2015 Exam. Please review these changes if you will be sitting for the NY Bar exam after February 2015. August 2013 Memo (PDF)
-The NY Bar has decided to extend the comment period for the proposal to implement the administration of the UBE (Uniform Bar Exam) through March 1, 2015. Students interested in sitting for the NY Bar exam after July 2015 should review the proposed changes, prior to preparing for the exam. November 2014 Memo (PDF)
MULTISTATE BAR UPDATES:
-The Multistate Bar Examination has recently made changes to the content of the exam effective with the February 2015 Exam. Please review these changes if you will be sitting for the Multistate Bar Examination this February or at a later date. October 2014 Memo (PDF).
- Effective with the February 2015 administration of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), a seventh content area - Civil Procedure - will be covered for the first time. Please review these changes prior to preparing for the MBE Exam if you plan to take the exam in February 2015 or later. February 2013 Memo (PDF).