Committee on Admissions
The Committee on Admissions reviews all applications for admission to the District of Columbia Bar. See DC App. Rule 46. The Committee receives more than 3,500 applications per year, conducts extensive character and fitness investigations including informal meetings and formal hearings, and files recommendations with the court regarding applications or petitions.
5/21/2018 The instructions on the in absentia swearing in process have been updated to include the process for registering with the District of Columbia Bar. You may access the updated instructions here.
5/16/2018 Bar Examination February 2018 Results Click here.
5/10/2018 Unsuccessful applicants from the February 2018 bar exam will be given separate instructions on how to apply for the July exam with no late fee assessed after the February results are released. This provision applies to February 2018 exam applicants only.
APPLICATION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
5/4/2018 The attorney registration segment of the new swearing in process outlined in Administrative Order 3 - 18 is still being developed. We hope to have the kinks ironed out very soon. Please watch our website for updates.
4/27/2018 Pursuant to Administrative Order 3-18, effective April 25, 2018, all previously certified applicants who have not yet completed the oath of admission, and all future applicants upon certification for admission may complete the oath of admission in absentia per these instructions.
4/19/2018 The July 2018 Bar Exam Application is now available. Please note the following amended dates for filing an application for the bar exam:
- Regular deadline for submission: May 15, 2018
- Late filing period: May 16 – May 31, 2018
When you file your application, you will receive an acknowledgement letter for the July 2018 Bar Exam. When your application is accepted, you will receive an acceptance email informing you that you are eligible to sit for the exam. In some cases, your acceptance letter may state outstanding pending requirements (e.g. finalized law school certificate.).
1/8/2018 Certificates of Good Standing are now issued by the DC Bar on behalf of the Court of Appeals. Mail requests received by the Committee on Admissions will be returned to the requestor. For more information on the processing of Certificates please contact the DC Bar. Pro hac vice and pro bono applications continue to be issued by the Office of the Committee on Admissions.
Please ensure that "dcappeals.gov" is a marked as a "trusted sender" in your email account so that you will receive important notifications from the Office of Admissions.
ALL APPLICANTS MUST COMPLETE THEN SUBMIT AN NCBE CHARACTER AND FITNESS APPLICATION (see links below).
|Bar Exam Application Information||Download|
Please note that the Committee's online application includes the electronic application developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Click on the link below for the NCBE's website to create a user account and access the electronic application.
Information booklets, which include practice questions and other study materials for the MEE, MPT, and MBE, are available from the NCBE's website.
Time of Notice and Publication of Bar Examination Results
The District of Columbia Bar Examination is administered twice per year. Applicants who sit for the February bar examination will typically be notified in writing of the results of their examination by mid-May. Applicants who sit for the July bar examination will typically be notified in writing of the results of their examination by mid-November. An alphabetical list of the successful applicants shall be published with the request that any information tending to affect the eligibility of an applicant on moral grounds be furnished to the Committee. The first publication shall be at least 30 days before the Committee reports to the court. This list will be posted in the office of the Committee on Admissions on the first floor of the Historic Courthouse. The list will also be posted on this website as well as the DC Bar's website.
An unsuccessful applicant will receive written notification which shall contain the applicant's raw score for each question in the written component, the written component scaled score, the MBE scaled score, and the combined UBE scaled score. DC App. Rule 46(c)(11)(B). An unsuccessful applicant may arrange to review his or her graded written component answers, in accordance with DC App. Rule 46(c)(12).
This summary is not a definitive description of the rules governing admission. For a definitive description please consult Rule 46 of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Please click on the link by the appropriate rule provision to apply.
|Application Type||Application Requirements|
|Rule 46(d)(3) – Motion by UBE score transfer
Click here to apply under Rule 46(d)(3)
|Rule 46(e)(3)(A) – Motion by 5 Year Provision
Click here to apply under Rule 46(e)(3)(A)
|Rule 46(e)(3)(B) – Motion by MBE Score Transfer
Click here to apply under Rule 46(e)(3)(B)
Before you begin the electronic application, you must read and print the District of Columbia specific Instructions and Forms.
Also, please note that the Committee on Admissions uses the electronic application developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Clicking on the link below will redirect you to the NCBE's website where you will be required to create a user account to gain access to the electronic application.
|Law School Certification Form (Final) - ABA Law School||Download|
|Law School Certification Form - Non-ABA Law School||Download|
|Law School Certification Form (Provisional) - ABA Law School||Download|
|Law School Certification Form - 26 Credit Hours||Download|
|Essay Scaled Score Release Form||Download|
|Testing Accommodations - Applicant Request Form||Download|
|Testing Accommodations - Guidelines for Medical Documentation||Download|
|Supplemental Questionnaire Form||Download|
|Attorney Oath of Admission to the DC Bar||Download|
|Admission by Examination - Rule 46(c)||Download|
|Admission by Transfer of UBE Score – Rule 46 (d)||Download|
|Admission without Examination – Rule 46 (e)||Download|
|License to Practice as a Special legal Consultant – Rule 46 (f)||Download|
|Legal Assistance by Law Students - Rule 48||Download|
|Admissions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)||Download|
|Guidance for Graduates of Non-ABA Approved Law Schools||Download|
|Instructions for Completing the Attorney Oath of Admission in Absentia After Certification||Download|
For Bar Members
|Engraved Wall Certificate||Download|
|Certificate Concerning Discipline||Download|
|Request Verification of Reciprocity||Download|
Claudia A. Withers
Stephen R. Henley
Thomas E. Shakow
Adrian L. Steel Jr.
Stephen Douglas Juge
Elizabeth A. Greenidge
Michael F. Williams
Kenneth J. Nunnenkamp
Thomas E. Shakow
Director, Committee on Admissions and the Unauthorized Practice of Law