Note: Fees listed are timely filing fees; late filing fees may apply. Fees such as for separate character and fitness (C&F) applications and/or investigations are included unless otherwise noted.

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Georgia Admission to the practice of law in Georgia is a two-step process that requires the submission of two separate applications with separate deadlines and fees: (1) Application for Certification of Fitness to Practice Law in Georgia, and (2) Bar Examination Application. An applicant must first receive Certification of Fitness to Practice Law from the Board to Determine Fitness of Bar Applicants to be eligible to submit a Bar Examination Application. Initial application deadline for Certification of Fitness to Practice Law for the February exam is the first Wednesday in July; late deadline is the first Wednesday in October. Initial application deadline for Certification of Fitness to Practice Law for the July exam is the first Wednesday in December; late deadline is the first Wednesday in March.

Virginia An application shall be deemed to be timely filed if (i) it is transmitted expense prepaid to the Office of the Secretary of the Board by priority, express, registered, or certified mail via the United States Postal Service, or by a third-party commercial carrier for next-day delivery, and (ii) the official receipt therefor issued by the United States Postal Service or by such third-party commercial carrier, which shall be exhibited on demand of the Secretary, shows such transmission or mailing to the Secretary’s office on or before the prescribed deadline.

Wisconsin Foreign-schooled applicants must submit their applications by August 1 for the February exam and January 1 for the July exam.

Puerto Rico Exam dates are in March and September.

California Bar exam fees are separate from moral character application. A positive moral character determination is valid for 3 years. Thus, if a repeater has positive determination on file, the exam fee would be $677 (general applicant) or $983 (attorney applicant).

Florida Bar exam fee for attorneys is $1,600 for those admitted more than 1 year but less than 5 years; $2,000 for those admitted 5 or more years but less than 10 years; $2,400 for those admitted 10 or more years but less than 15 years; $3,000 for those admitted 15 or more years.

Georgia There is a separate fee for the Application for Certification of Fitness to Practice Law. The fee ranges from $400 to $900 depending upon the status of the applicant at the time of submission. The applicant must apply for and receive Certification of Fitness to Practice Law prior to submitting an application for the bar examination.

Louisiana Bar exam application fee is $750 for first-time applicants who participated in the Law Student Registration program; $875 for all applicants other than those who participated in the Law Student Registration program.

Mississippi Bar exam fee for non-attorneys is $525 if applicant filed a law student registration and $825 if applicant did not file a law student registration. Any applicant who has lived outside the State of Mississippi for 6 months (either consecutively or cumulatively) or longer after their 18th birthday (including residence for educational, employment, or military reasons) must complete an NCBE report and pay the NCBE report fee. Whether the applicant is a first-time taker (non-attorney) or an attorney taking the bar exam, there is a $200 late filing fee applied to applications received by the late filing deadlines (November 1 for the February exam; April 1 for the July exam).

Nevada Application fee of $60 and background report fee of $55 are in addition to the listed registration fees.

Virginia Bar exam application fee is $575 ($175 for deferred applicants). Character & Fitness Questionnaire (CFQ) fee is $575. Character & Fitness Update Form (CFUF) fee is $175. A CFQ or CFUF is required with every application. A CFQ is valid for 4 calendar years.

Wisconsin Bar exam fee is $450 for US-educated applicants and $850 for graduates of law schools in other nations. All applicants retaking the exam pay a fee of $450.

Northern Mariana Islands Additional character and fitness fees vary.

Supplemental Remarks

Georgia Admission to the practice of law in Georgia is a two-step process that requires the submission of two separate applications with separate deadlines and fees: (1) Application for Certification of Fitness to Practice Law in Georgia, and (2) Bar Examination Application. An applicant must first receive Certification of Fitness to Practice Law from the Board to Determine Fitness of Bar Applicants to be eligible to submit a Bar Examination Application. Initial application deadline for Certification of Fitness to Practice Law for the February exam is the first Wednesday in July; late deadline is the first Wednesday in October. Initial application deadline for Certification of Fitness to Practice Law for the July exam is the first Wednesday in December; late deadline is the first Wednesday in March.

Virginia An application shall be deemed to be timely filed if (i) it is transmitted expense prepaid to the Office of the Secretary of the Board by priority, express, registered, or certified mail via the United States Postal Service, or by a third-party commercial carrier for next-day delivery, and (ii) the official receipt therefor issued by the United States Postal Service or by such third-party commercial carrier, which shall be exhibited on demand of the Secretary, shows such transmission or mailing to the Secretary’s office on or before the prescribed deadline.

Wisconsin Foreign-schooled applicants must submit their applications by August 1 for the February exam and January 1 for the July exam.

Palau Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of the July 2020 Palau bar exam, Palau administered its 2021 exam in February and canceled its July 2021 exam.

Puerto Rico Exam dates are in March and September.

California Bar exam fees are separate from moral character application. A positive moral character determination is valid for 3 years. Thus, if a repeater has positive determination on file, the exam fee would be $677 (general applicant) or $983 (attorney applicant).

Florida Bar exam fee for attorneys is $1,600 for those admitted more than 1 year but less than 5 years; $2,000 for those admitted 5 or more years but less than 10 years; $2,400 for those admitted 10 or more years but less than 15 years; $3,000 for those admitted 15 or more years.

Georgia There is a separate fee for the Application for Certification of Fitness to Practice Law. The fee ranges from $400 to $900 depending upon the status of the applicant at the time of submission. The applicant must apply for and receive Certification of Fitness to Practice Law prior to submitting an application for the bar examination.

Louisiana Bar exam application fee is $750 for first-time applicants who participated in the Law Student Registration program; $875 for all applicants other than those who participated in the Law Student Registration program.

Mississippi Bar exam fee for non-attorneys is $525 if applicant filed a law student registration and $825 if applicant did not file a law student registration. Any applicant who has lived outside the State of Mississippi for 6 months (either consecutively or cumulatively) or longer after his or her 18th birthday (including residence for educational, employment, or military reasons) must complete an NCBE report and pay the NCBE report fee. Whether the applicant is a first-time taker (non-attorney) or an attorney taking the bar exam, there is a $200 late filing fee applied to applications received by the late filing deadlines (November 1 for the February exam; April 1 for the July exam).

Nevada Application fee of $60 and background report fee of $55 are in addition to the listed registration fees.

Virginia Bar exam application fee is $575 ($175 for deferred applicants). Character & Fitness Questionnaire (CFQ) fee is $575. Character & Fitness Update Form (CFUF) fee is $175. A CFQ or CFUF is required with every application. A CFQ is valid for 4 calendar years.

Wisconsin Bar exam fee is $450 for US-educated applicants and $850 for graduates of law schools in other nations. All applicants retaking the exam pay a fee of $450.

Northern Mariana Islands Additional character and fitness fees vary.