Registering with state bar examiners

Many state bar examiner boards require students to register with the state board during their first year in law school. Because this practice varies from state to state, students are responsible for determining the applicability of this and any other requirement of the state in which they anticipate seeking admission to the bar. 

Students planning to take a bar examination should call the state bar examiners well in advance to determine bar requirements. The National Conference of Bar Examiners maintains a comprehensive list of bar admission offices and requirements.

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.‌

Some jurisdictions, e.g. New York, may impose pro bono requirements greater than the UMass Law pro bono graduation requirement.

Applicants are encouraged to determine what those requirements are in the state(s) in which they intend to practice by consulting the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners and the Bar Admissions webpage of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

Applicants should also try to consult with an official of the bar as necessary to discover whether any past conduct could keep them from becoming admitted to the bar upon graduation from law school.

Accommodations on MPRE and bar exams

Students requesting examination accommodations for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) or state bar examinations should know that the interpretations of the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements used by the various bar examining authorities may differ from those used in undergraduate education.

Students are advised to ascertain the testing accommodation standards for each jurisdiction in which they plan to take the bar examination.

Information about testing accommodations for the MPRE and individual state bar examinations