Updated: Nov. 6, 2020

Next Lawyer Bar Exam

Date of Winter 2021 Exam

Feb. 23-24, 2021

Exam Site Locations:

The Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center

Application Filing Deadlines:

Oct. 5, 2020  (timely filing), Nov. 5, 2020  (late filing fee $300), Oct. 5, 2020 (failed the previous Washington summer exam only with no late fee)

Exam Results Posted to Applicant's Online Account for Sept. 2020 Exam:

April 9, 2021, 8 a.m. PT


We are currently working on a new online admissions portal. As such, new accounts or applications for the summer 2021 bar examination are not available at this time. New online accounts and applications for the summer 2021 bar exam will be available again on Dec. 1, 2020. If you have an online account and started an application but have not yet submitted the application, you will be required to start a new application for the summer 2021 bar exam beginning Dec. 1, 2020.

Other Lawyer Bar Exam Dates

July 27-28, 2021 – New Location, Yakima Convention Center, Yakima, Washington

Please see Application Instructions for details.

To take the Washington lawyer bar exam, you must meet the qualifications stated in Washington Supreme Court Admission and Practice Rule (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 lawyer bar exam, you must have:

Please Note : All applicants are subject to a character and fitness review prior to being admitted to practice law in Washington.  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 Washington Supreme Court Admission and Practice Rules (APR)  20-24.2(a). 

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.