Qualifications for Bar Exam
How do I qualify to take the Washington Bar Exam?
If you want to take the Washington Bar Exam, you must meet the qualifications stated in APR 3. In all cases, you must establish that you possess good moral character and the requisite fitness to practice law.
To qualify to take the bar exam, you must have:
You may sit for the bar exam if you are admitted to the practice of law in any state or territory of the United States or District of Columbia, or you are admitted to the practice of law in any jurisdiction where the common law of England is the basis of its jurisprudence, and:
* "Active legal experience" means experience:
in a state or territory of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia or in any jurisdiction where the common law of England is the basis of its jurisprudence.
Information about ABA-accredited law schools is available from the American Bar Association.
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 strongly favors resolution of all character and fitness issues prior to sitting for the bar exam. Applicants with unresolved character and fitness issues may 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.
Information about the bar exam and how to apply.
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