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Access D.C. App. Rule 49 Here

For guidance on the unauthorized practice of law, please see D.C. App. Rule 49 here.


February 2023 Bar Exam

The notice with names of the successful applicants for the February 2023 District of Columbia Bar Exam is now available.

July Bar Exam

For the July 2023 Bar Exam, a concurrent application by applicants who are sitting for the exam in another UBE jurisdiction will not be accepted. The concurrent application process offered last July was made available because of potential limited seating for the exam. There are no seating limitations this year, therefore applicants taking the bar exam in other jurisdictions are eligible to apply after obtaining minimum scores of 266 and 75 on the UBE and MPRE respectively.

July 2023 Bar Exam Announcement

Registration for the July 2023 bar exam will open on April 5th. More details on the exam are available here.

February Bar Exam

The deadline for making complaints related to the exam has been extended to Thursday, March 2, 2023, 5:00 PM Eastern Time. There will be no exceptions to this deadline. Complaints are to be emailed to the following email address only: Applicant complaints received timely will be thoroughly investigated. Complaints related to exam conditions received after results are released will not be investigated. Results of the investigation of timely submitted complaints are generally provided 4 to 6 weeks after the exam.

July 2022 Bar Exam Results

The names of the successful applicants from the July 2022 Bar Exam are now available.

Non-ABA Educational Requirements

Non-ABA law school graduates and foreign trained candidates who wish to apply for admission by bar exam, or by transfer of UBE score, should review this announcement to make sure they satisfy the education requirement.

February 2022 Uniform Bar Exam Results

The Notice of the 2022 February Uniform Bar Exam with the names of the successful candidates is now available.

Rule 46(e)(3)(b) Changes

On March 31st at 11:59pm, changes to Rule 46(e)(3)(B) will go into effect, eliminating the provision allowing admission to the D.C. Bar based on attaining a 133 on the Multistate Bar Examination plus being admitted to another bar. Please see the below FAQs or contact the Office of Admission through the Contact page for any further questions.



Q: When is the deadline for the submission of a Motion by MBE Score Transfer application?

A: The deadline is March 31, 2022 at 11:59pm. All materials and payment to the Committee on Admission must be submitted by March 31st. The Committee will not accept any rule 46(e)(3)(b) – Motion by MBE Score Transfer applications after 11:59pm on March 31st.

Q: Do I need to pay the NCBE Character and Fitness Background Check Fee by March 31st in order to have my application considered?

A: No, you do not. You will receive an email from NCBE regarding payment for the background investigation 7 to 10 days after you submit your application to the Committee on Admissions.

Q: Who qualifies to submit an application for Motion by MBE Score transfer?

A: Individuals who have gained admission to the bar of another jurisdiction with a qualifying MBE score of 133 or higher earned on a Non-Uniform Bar Exam in that jurisdiction. This does not include a score from the abbreviated 100 question MBE from the October 2020 remote exam.  Additionally, applicants who took the Uniform Bar Exam in another jurisdiction do not qualify for this form of admission.

Q: I sat for the remote exam in October 2020, can I still apply?

A: If you sat for the October remote exam in one of the following jurisdictions, you may apply based on a minimum overall score of 266: Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, jurisdictions with a reciprocity agreement. If you did not take the bar exam in one of these jurisdictions you are not eligible to apply based on an overall score, or based on the abbreviated 100 question MBE.

Q: I took the UBE exam but did not receive a qualifying score, can I still apply if my MBE score is 133 or higher?


Q: I am qualified to apply under rule 46(e)(3)(b) and am admitted in my jurisdiction but have not been issued a bar number and/or fully listed into the rolls for the jurisdiction.

A: Please send documentation from your bar admitting authority that indicates that you have met all admission requirements.  

Q: I will not be able to submit my application by March 31st at 11:59pm, how to I waive this requirement?

              A: Click here for information on submitting a motion to the DC Court of Appeals.  

Q: I took a non-UBE bar exam and earned the minimum score of 133. I also have three years’ good standing in another jurisdiction. Which method of application should I use?

              A: Please apply by the “Three Years’ Good Standing” provision (D.C. App. Rule 46(e)(3)(a)).

Application for Admission Pro Hac Vice

As of January 8, 2022, the Committee on Admissions will no longer accept Pro Hac Vice applications via courier, U.S. Mail,  email or in person.  Please follow the instructions on how to submit  Pro Hac Vice applications under the Information & Applications tab.

July 2021 Bar Exam Results

The 2200 applicants for the July 2021 Uniform Bar Exam have been notified of their results. A total of 1609 individuals who sat for exam were successful for a pass rate of 73%. The list of successful applicants has been posted.

Office of the Committee on Admissions and Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law Phone hours:

Office of the Committee on Admissions and Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law phone hours:
Monday and Wednesday through Friday 8:30am - 11:00am and 3:00pm - 5:00pm. Tuesday 8:30am - 9:30am; 11:00am - noon and 3:00pm - 5:00pm.

Certificates of Good Standing are issued by the DC Bar on behalf of the Court of Appeals

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.

Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law Opinion 24-20

Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law Opinion 24-20: Teleworking from Home and the COVID-19 Pandemic


The February 2021 bar exam candidates have been notified of their results by email. The Notice of the results from the Chair of the Committee on Admissions is posted for public review.

Bar Examination July 2019 Results

Bar Examination July 2019 Results click here.

Administrative Order 1-19

Please see , Administrative Order 1-19 for Temporary Suspension of Rule Requiring Law Students Practicing in D.C. to Register with this Court and be issued a Student Bar Membership Card