Admission by Motion
Rules and Regulations
Character and Fitness
Washington Law Component
Lawyers admitted to the practice of law in other states or territories of the United States or the District of Columbia are not required to sit for the bar examination if they present satisfactory proof of admission and current good standing, together with proof of active legal experience for at least three of the past five years immediately preceding the filing of the application.
Application for admission by motion under APR 3(c) may be filed online at anytime. Note that APR 5(b) requires that Admission by Motion applicants must complete the preadmission requirements within one year from the date of filing the application. After one year, applicants must submit a new application and fee. Applicants may withdraw the application at any time subject to a $300 non-refundable administrative fee. Fees paid to the National Conference of Bar Examiners are also non-refundable.
The application for Admission by Motion must be completed online through the WSBA Online Admissions System. In addition to filing the application online, applicants must upload the following documents when complete to the online application prior to submitting the application:
All documents filed with the WSBA must include an Applicant ID number. It is preferable that documents and files attached to the application be in PDF format. Please format files so that they are as small as possible.
Admission by Motion applicants may submit a completed application at anytime. Approval takes approximately four to six months from the time an application is submitted. Once the application is approved, applicants will receive an email notification. Additional information is provided in our application instructions for admission.
All applicants are subject to a character and fitness review prior to being admitted to practice law in Washington State. The practice of law is a privilege, not a right. Admission may be withheld pending a hearing before the Character and Fitness Board and final determination regarding whether the applicants have met their burden of proving that they are of good moral character and fit to practice law. Factors considered by Admissions staff and Bar Counsel when determining whether an applicant should be referred to the Character and Fitness Board are set forth in APR 24.2(a).
After an application is submitted approved for admission, there are additional requirements that must be met prior to admission. These requirements will be displayed on your online application page.
Admission by Motion applicants are required to take and pass the Washington Law Component test (WLC), which includes 15 outlines on various subjects of law. Applicants will be able to access the test from their online admissions account after submitting an application and paying the application fee. There are 60 multiple-choice questions to be answered in no more than four hours. Applicants will have access to the WLC research materials while taking the test. Answering 80% of the questions correctly is required to pass.
Find out everything you need to know about submitting an application.
Create an account and apply online. This is not the in-house counsel application.
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