Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements

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A jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction snapshot of bar admission requirements

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This is the online version of the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements, a resource for bar admission requirements in all US jurisdictions.

A print version of the Guide, published annually by the National Conference of Bar Examiners in collaboration with the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, is available for purchase at the NCBE Study Aids Store.

Although this online version is updated throughout the year, NCBE strongly advises consulting the jurisdiction’s bar admission agency directly (see the Directory) for the most current information.

Note that many jurisdictions are making emergency changes to rules, policies, and exam administrations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit NCBE COVID-19 Updates for more information.

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Print version of the 2021 Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements

To purchase the print version of the 2021 Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements, visit the NCBE Study Aids Store.

NCBE COVID-19 Updates

For the latest information about the coronavirus and upcoming bar exams, visit NCBE COVID-19 Updates.

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2019 Statistics

2019 Statistics: View bar examination and admission statistics by jurisdiction, and national data for the MBE and the MPRE.