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  • Basic Overview of Bar Admissions from the ABA
    • A law school graduate cannot practice law until he or she is licensed, and a license requires bar admission. To get a general idea of the bar admission process, read this one page overview.
    • Note that bar admission includes consideration of a bar applicant's character and moral fitness for practice. It is important for law school applicants and students to be familiar the bar admission requirements of the state(s) in which they intend to practice.
  • Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements from the National Conference of Bar Examiners
    • Annual summary of the bar admission requirements in every U.S. jurisdiction (updated each spring)

Information on Multistate Tests

State Bar Admissions

Note: As of 2012, the following states had some registration requirement or option for current law students: Alabama, California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas. Depending on a state's rules, students may be able to save a significant amount of time or money by registering for the bar exam during the first or second year of law school.

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