Admission to the Practice of Law in Washington

Bar Exam Admissions

Washington administers the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) in February and July of each year. The two-day exam is held in Tacoma, Washington. Candidates for the Bar Exam must meet all qualifications for taking the exam and are subject to Character and Fitness review.

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Qualifications for the Bar Exam

Do you qualify to take the bar exam in Washington?

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Uniform Bar Exam

Uniform Bar Exam

Information about Washington's administration of the UBE

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Application and Exam Information

Find information about the bar exam and how to apply.

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Bar Exam Results and Admission

Find out who passed the bar exam and how to complete the admission process.

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Admission by Motion and House Counsel

Lawyers licensed to practice law in other states or territories of the United States or the District of Columbia may be eligible for Admission by Motion or limited practice as House Counsel.

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Admission by Motion

For U.S. lawyers with active legal experience for 3 of the past 5 years

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House Counsel and Multi-Jurisdictional Practice

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Limited Practice for US Lawyers

Lawyers licensed to practice law in other states or territories of the United States or the District of Columbia may be eligible for limited licenses to practice in Washington.

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Pro Hac Vice

Limited admission for a particular case or proceeding.

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House Counsel and Multi-Jurisdictional Practice

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Indigent Representation

Represent indigents while waiting to take the bar exam.

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Military Lawyers

For active duty military lawyers in Washington state.

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Educational Purposes

Allows law professors to supervise legal interns.

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Non-Member Emeritus

Volunteer for a Qualified Legal Service Provider in Washington.

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Limited Practice for Foreign Lawyers

Lawyers licensed to practice law in a foreign jurisdiction may be eligible for a limited license to practice in Washington.

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Foreign-Licensed Lawyers

Limited licenses for lawyers licensed outside the U.S.

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Application Instructions

Find out everything you need to know about submitting an application.

Start a Bar Exam Application

Create an account and apply online.

Rules and Regulations

Links to the APR, RPC, Bylaws, etc.