First Year Law Students and the Bar Exam

Bar Registration as a Law Student

Entering first-year students are strongly advised to communicate with bar admission agencies in all jurisdictions in which they may wish to practice law to determine the requirements for admission to the bar of those jurisdictions. Some state bar licensing authorities require or permit law students to register as part of their licensing procedures.  The Oklahoma deadline for early registration is October 15th of the 2L year.

Students are advised that most states require applicants to have graduated from an ABA-accredited law school, to pass a written bar examination, and to demonstrate that they possess the requisite “moral character and fitness” to practice law. Any information that reflects adversely upon the character or fitness of an applicant, such as criminal proceedings, may be treated as cause for further investigation. Bar examiners in some jurisdictions also address mental health and chemical or psychological dependency matters.

The National Conference of Bar Examiners produces a  Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements that contains tables for quick reference on the components of each jurisdiction’s bar exam. The National Conference of Bar Examiners also aggregates links to state bar examining agencies and provides information on all of the multistate tests used in various jurisdictions at http://www.ncbex.org/.  For students planning to apply to the Oklahoma bar, the website of the Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners contains necessary information at http://www.okbbe.com/.