Updated: May 15, 2024

International Applicants

General and attorney applicants who have a first degree in law that was not earned in the United States and/or who have ever been admitted to practice law in any foreign jurisdiction are considered International applicants. Qualifying international applicants may apply to take the lawyer bar examination or to be licensed as house counsel or foreign law consultant.


All Attorney Applicants and General Applicants applying under APR 3(b)(4)(B) are required to pay investigation fee to the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE).  After review of your application by the WSBA office, the NCBE will contact you and provide you with  NCBE payment and authorization and release forms that will need to be executed by you.

All applicants are subject to a character and fitness review prior to being admitted to practice law in Washington State. Any discrepancy or conflict between the information provided here and the rules and regulations set by the Washington 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