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Notice Regarding Inclement Weather
In the event of inclement weather, the Georgia Bar Examination will proceed as scheduled as long as the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park, Georgia, remains open. To determine if the Convention Center remains open, please check www.collegeparkga.com. You may also check our website (www.gabaradmissions.org), WSBTV and www.wsbtv.com for information on the status of the Georgia Bar Examination. If severe weather is predicted for the days of the Bar Examination, please plan accordingly. Late applicants will not be allowed to make up any time lost.
In the rate event of a power outage that requires the use of the Center’s generator, all applicants will handwrite the remainder of the exam.
Deadline for Petitions for ADA Accommodations
The deadline for submitting a Petition for ADA Accommodations for the February 2017 Bar exam is December 1, 2016. Click here for more information.
July 2016 Bar Examination Results Have Been Released
Certification of Fitness Application Information
For instructions on how to complete the Certification of Ftiness Application, please click here.
For information on the Office of Bar Admissions procedure for processing Certification of Fitness Applications, please click here.
Items Required for Timely Filing
Your Fitness Application is not considered timely filed unless THE FOLLOWING are completed BY THE FILING DEADLINE:
- Your online application must be successfully submitted; and
- Your filing fee(s) must be paid.
* Credit card payment, Money Order, or Cashier's Check must be received in the Office of Bar Admissions by 4:00 p.m.
NOTE: Fitness Applications for Admission on Motion DO NOT have a specific deadline; however, your Motion Fitness Application is not considered timely filed until you have submitted your petition fitness application and fees.
Military Spouse JD Waiver Process and Policy
WAIVER PROCESS AND POLICY AVAILABLE FOR MILITARY SPOUSE JDS SEEKING ADMISSION IN GEORGIA
Part F, Section 5 of the Rules Governing Admission to the Practice of Law (Rules) in Georgia states that both the Board to Determine Fitness of Bar Applicants and the Board of Bar Examiners may “ . . . for good cause shown by clear and convincing evidence” waive any of the Rules (with certain limited exceptions relating to the payment of fees and the regrading of the bar exam). The decision of either Board not to waive a Rule is appealable to the Supreme Court.
Recognizing that active duty military personnel are frequently transferred to duty stations in any number of states, making it extremely difficult for their attorney spouses, who, while admitted to practice in one state, may not be admitted in the state of the new duty station, the Board of Bar Examiners seeks to accommodate the bar admission needs of attorney spouses of military personnel while still maintaining the integrity of the bar admission process. To that end, the Board of Bar Examiners has adopted this statement of the process that a military spouse petitioner should follow, and that the Board will utilize, for a petition for waiver of certain requirements of Part C, Admission on Motion, of the Rules. For purposes of this waiver process and policy, a military spouse petitioner is a person who is:
(a) An attorney at law who has been admitted by examination to membership in the bar of the highest court of another United States jurisdiction;
(b) The dependent spouse of an active duty member, including but not limited to members called to active duty under Title 10 of the United States Code, of the United States Uniformed Services as defined by the Department of Defense of the United States (or, for the Coast Guard, when it is not operating in the service of the Navy, by the Department of Homeland Security); and
(c) The spouse of a service active duty member who is on military orders stationed or home-ported in the State of Georgia.
The petitioner for waiver under this policy must submit documentation proving that the applicant meets the above definition of military spouse petitioner. In evaluating a petition for waiver of the requirements of Part C of the Rules, the Board of Bar Examiners, considers the following criteria:
(1) The duration of the military spouse petitioner’s engagement in the active practice of law, as defined in Part C, Section 3 of the Rules;
(2) The military spouse petitioner’s employment history in the legal profession; and
(3) The career goals of the military spouse petitioner.
A military spouse who is admitted in another United States jurisdiction and meets the definition of military spouse petitioner above should read Part C, Admission on Motion, of the Rules, the Waiver Process and Policy, and review the Instructions and Checklist for Filing Petition for Waiver of Admissions on Motion Requirements for Admission of a Military Spouse Attorney to the Practice of Law in Georgia.
Media inquiries about Bar exam scores for July 2015 and February 2016.
LLM Degree for the Practice of Law in the United States
Please be aware that the LLM referenced in Part B, Section 4(c)(3) of the Rules Governing Admission to the Practice of Law in Georgia is a distinct LLM degree specifically titled LLM Degree for the Practice of Law in the United States. Only the satisfaction of the Curricular Criteria for LLM Program for the Practice of Law in the United States adopted by the Board of Bar Examiners and published on the website of the Office of Bar Admissions will satisfy the requirement of Part B, Section 4(c)(3). Award of an LLM degree not meeting the Curricular Criteria will not satisfy the requirements of the Rules.