Qualifications for Admission to the Bar

In addition to a 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.

You, the student, are required to determine the applicable character and fitness requirements and the process for making character and fitness determinations in the jurisdiction or jurisdictions in which you may seek a law license. In applying to law school, it is essential that you provide complete, accurate, and truthful information, as this information may be reviewed by the admission agencies for consistency with your record at the time of seeking admission.

The National Conference of Bar Examiners provides several links that you may find useful in this process:

In addition, the American Bar Association’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar also provides an internet resource for bar admission questions.