General Information About Bar Admissions

Each state jurisdiction has its own rules governing admission to that state’s bar. It is essential that students become familiar with the requirements of the jurisdictions(s) in which they plan to take the bar exam. Some requirements are virtually universal, such as taking the separate Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE). However, the required score and date of administration may differ from state to state. Deadlines, including applications for getting disability-related accommodations on the bar exam, vary widely by state, so make sure to check your jurisdiction’s website for bar admissions.

For a general overview of bar admissions, go to the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar webpage.

For detailed information about bar admissions requirements in all states, as well as the standardized tests used in various combinations by all states, go to the National Conference of Bar Examiners website.

For specific information about admission to the Georgia Bar, testing accommodations, deadlines, tests and fees, go to the Georgia Office of Bar Admissions website. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court of Georgia has approved a temporary provisional admission for recent law schools graduates. Information and details are here: Provisional Bar Admission in Georgia.

For information about admission to the New York bar, deadlines, tests and fees (including now the Uniform Bar Exam and the New York Law Course and New York Law Exam), go to the New York Board of Law Examiners webpage, which also contains a NY Bar Exam Information Guide and a helpful FAQ section.

The District of Columbia Committee on Admissions to the DC Bar also has complete information online.

For information about the California bar exam, go to the website of the State Bar of California.

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners has a detailed website with information about Florida’s bar admissions and bar exam.

For information on other states’ bar admissions requirements and bar exams, refer to that state’s own bar admissions website and the National Conference of Bar Examiners’ Bar Admission Guide.

For recommended timelines for planning purposes, and general information about the bar exam itself, go to the webpage of Emory Law’s Office of Academic Engagement and Student Success and click on the tab for Bar Readiness. You will find some helpful documents and more links.