Bar Admission

Bar Admission

Admission to the bar is the term commonly used in the United States to indicate that a person is licensed to practice law as an attorney at law. Different terms for admission are used in other countries. In the United States, admission to the bar is permission granted by a particular court system to a lawyer to practice law in that system.

Each U.S. state and similar jurisdiction (e.g. Territory) can and does set its own rules for bar admission, as a matter of court sovereignty. In practice, this leads to exceptions to nearly every general rule of bar admission.

Admission to the Bar

  • ABA - Bar Admissions

    In order to obtain a license to practice law, almost all law school graduates must apply for bar admission through a state board of bar examiners. Most often this board is an agency of the highest state court in the jurisdiction, but occasionally the board is connected more closely to the state's bar association. The criteria for eligibility to take the bar examination or to otherwise qualify for bar admission are set by each state, not by the ABA or the Council for the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

  • ABA - Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar

    The 25-member Council is the governing body of the Section. It is vested with the powers and duties necessary for the administration of the Section's business, develops budgets, and authorizes expenditures of the Section's monies. With the Accreditation Committee, the Council is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the national accrediting agency for U.S. law school programs leading to the J.D. degree. The Council meets four times a year.

  • Bar Exam Info

    Free resource to assist U.S. law students and graduates applying to take the bar exam in any state. was created to provide you with the necessary information to quickly and easily navigate the bar exam application process. We have done the hard work of compiling all of the bar exam information for all U.S. jurisdictions and presenting it in any easy-to-use format.

  • National Conference of Bar Examiners - Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements

    General guide to questions concerning bar admissions within each jurisdiction. Includes directory of state bar admission agencies. Use the link on this page to access the most current version of this guide.

  • Supreme Court Bar Admissions Form

    The Supreme Court Bar Admissions Form accessed via the link below may be completed on line, printed, signed, and mailed to the Court in accordance with the Bar Admissions Instructions.