Washington Bar Exam Information and Application

Washington Administers The Uniform Bar Exam

 

 Application Information About the Bar Examination
 WSBA Bar Exam Application What to Expect At the Exam Site
 Application Fees Bar Exam Schedule
 Character & Fitness Hotel Information
 Application & Exam Deadlines Bar Exam Security Policy
 Exam Location Bar Review Courses
 ADA Accommodations Requests
 Special Requests  
 Application Addendum  

Bar Exam Application 

The WSBA requires applicants for the bar exam to file their applications electronically using the Online Admissions System. Applications for the Washington Bar Exam are to be completed and filed online by the application filing deadline.  You are required to have an email address in order to access the online application site. Email will be the WSBA's primary communication method with you. In addition to filing the application, you will be able to update your contact information, track the progress of your application, and receive important information about your application. Prior versions of the application will NOT be accepted. This Sample Application has the questions that will be included in the online application. This hard-copy sample application is for preparation purposes only and will not be accepted for applying for the exam.

In addition to filing the application and paying the application fee online, you must deliver, or have postmarked, to the WSBA Admissions Office by the application filing deadline:

  • 3 original signed and notarized Authorization & Releases;
  • 2 original Good Moral Character Certificates;
  • all supporting documentation not uploaded with the application;
  • 1 original Certificate of Good Standing from each jurisdiction if admitted to practice elsewhere; and
  • the application fee and payment form if paying by check.

All documents filed with the WSBA must include your 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.

Additional information is provided in our Application Instructions for Admission.

Application Fees

Student Applicants (not admitted in any jurisdiction): $585

Applicants Graduated from Foreign Law Schools (not admitted in any jurisdiction): $585 + NCBE investigation fee

U.S. or Foreign Jurisdiction-Licensed Attorneys: $620 + NCBE investigation fee 

Late-Filing Fee (Non-refundable): $300

All attorney applicants and applicants who graduated from a foreign law school must submit a separate investigation fee directly to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, using the form provided on the online application site.

IMPORTANT - Character and Fitness Information

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).

Washington requires resolution of all character and fitness issues at least 60 days prior to sitting for the bar exam. Applicants with unresolved character and fitness issues will not be permitted to sit for the exam. Therefore, applicants who answer yes to questions 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 16, 19, 20A, 21, 24, and/or 25 on the application or disclose any information that may raise an issue of character or fitness are strongly encouraged to file their applications early in the registration period. Early filing does not guarantee all issues will be resolved 60 days prior to the exam.

NCBE Report: All attorney applicants and applicants who graduated from a foreign law school will have their applications investigated and verified by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). For U.S. attorneys, it generally takes three to four months to receive a report back from the NCBE. For foreign attorneys and applicants with a foreign law degree, it may take up to nine months to receive a report back from the NCBE. Attorney applicants will not be allowed to sit for the exam if the WSBA does not receive a report back from the NCBE at least 18 days prior to the first day of the exam.  Therefore, attorney applicants are advised that they may not be able to sit for the exam for which they applied.  Furthermore, foreign attorneys and applicants with a foreign law degree should not expect to be able to sit for the exam for which they applied and should therefore plan to apply during the application period for the exam prior to the one they want to sit for.

All applicants will be given the option to transfer their registration fees and application to the next exam, if the character and fitness review is not complete or the NCBE report is not received by the appropriate deadline. Applicants may also choose to withdraw from the exam and receive a partial refund if the request is made at least 60 days prior to the first day of the exam.

Application Deadlines and Exam Dates

The Bar examination is administered twice a year: in the winter during the last week of February and in the summer during the last week of July.

Summer Bar Exam: July 29-30, 2014
This exam will be administered at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, in Tacoma, WA.

 

MPT/MEE

July 29, 2014

MBE

July 30, 2014

Applications Accepted Beginning

February 1, 2014

Application Filing Deadline

March 5, 2014

Late Filing Deadline**

April 7, 2014

ExamSoft (laptop) Registration

T.B.D.

Exam Results Posted to  Applicants' Online Account

Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 12:01 a.m, P.S.T

Pass List Posted for the Public

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

**Late filing requires payment of a $300 late filing fee** 

Applicants who fail the winter exam only are given an extended registration deadline, for the following summer exam, with no late fee. Please see application instructions for more information.

Winter Bar Exam: February   25 & 26, 2014
This exam will be administered at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall, in Tacoma, WA.

 

MPT/MEE   

February 25, 2014

MBE    

February 26, 2014

Applications Accepted Beginning

September 1, 2013

Application Filing Deadline*

October 28, 2013 (received by)

Late Filing Deadline**

November 27, 2013 (received by)

ExamSoft (laptop) Registration    

January 10, 2014 - February 7, 2014

Exam Results Posted to Applicants' Online Account   

Friday, April 11th, 2014 12:01 a.m, P.S.T

Pass List Posted for the Public

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

**Late filing requires payment of a $300 late filing fee**

Bar Exam Location

The bar exam is held in Tacoma, WA, at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center - Tacoma, WA.

 

ADA Accommodation Requests

If you have a medical, physical, or cognitive disability, you may request that the bar examination be administered under reasonable special conditions to accommodate your needs. You must make your request via the online admissions application site no less than 90 days prior to the first day of the examination and you must support your request with medical documentation

Special Requests

Standard tables and chairs are provided at the bar exam. Additional items such as pillows, chairs, or special foods or medication that you need to take into the exam room must be requested online at least 18 days in advance of the bar exam and be supported with a doctor's statement. See also the Bar Exam Security Policy.

Application Addendum

If you need to update or change any answer on your application, you must notify the WSBA Admissions office using the online supplemental information tool.

What to Expect at the Exam Site

Registration

  • The WSBA Admissions Office does not issue advance admission tickets. You will be required to show a valid picture ID at the time of registration to obtain a seating card.

Meal and Beverage Planning

  • You have one hour to get lunch, eat, and return to your seat for the next exam session.
  • Coffee, tea and water are provided at the exam site.
  • You are not permitted to bring outside beverages into the testing rooms.

Attire

  • Dress comfortably and be prepared for temperature variations.
  • Clothing must comply with the Bar Exam Security Policy.

Smoking

  • You cannot smoke inside the exam site buildings.

Bar Exam Security Policy

The Bar Exam Security Policy provides important information about examination day do's and don'ts. Review these policies before the examination dates; they are strictly enforced.
If you do bring prohibited items to the exam, you will be asked to leave those items at your own risk in a non-secure area designated by the WSBA and the testing facility.

Hotel Information

The following hotels have given special rates to applicants taking the Washington State Bar Examination. Arrangements should be made as soon as possible, as space is limited. When making your reservations, you must mention that you are a Washington State Bar Exam applicant.

Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway Plaza
Tacoma, WA 98402
253-238-8000

Courtyard Tacoma Downtown Hotel
1515 Commerce St.
Tacoma, WA 98402
253-591-9100

Best Western Tacoma Dome Hotel
2611 East E St.
Tacoma, WA 98421
253-272-7737

La Quinta Tacoma Hotel 
1425 East 27th St.
Tacoma, WA 98421
253-383-0146

Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Tacoma Downtown 
2102 South C St.
Tacoma, WA 98402
253-272-2434

Bar Review Courses

The Washington State Bar Association does not endorse, approve, recommend, or rate any bar review courses. Please do not contact us for information or names of course providers.  

Note: Any discrepancy or conflict between the information provided here and the rules and regulations set by the Washington State Supreme Court, or the bylaws and policies of the Washington State Bar Association, is unintentional and will be resolved in favor of strict compliance with the rules, regulations, bylaws and policies. 

Application Instructions

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