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Admission to the Practice of Law in Georgia is a two-step process that requires the submission of two separate applications with separate deadlines.*

1. Application for Certification of Fitness to Practice Law in Georgia;
2. Bar Examination Application; and
3.Your application will not be considered filed until all required fees have been received in the Office of Bar Admissions before 4:00 p.m. on the posted deadline.

 

In order sit for the Georgia Bar Examination, you must submit a Bar Examination Application to the Board of Bar Examiners.

NOTE: Only individuals who currently hold a valid Certification of Fitness to Practice Law in Georgia are eligible to submit a Bar Examination Application. If your Certification of Fitness is pending or has expired, you are not eligible to submit a Bar Examination Application.

Further, you must hold a valid Certification of Fitness in order to receive your results from the Bar Examination. If your Certification of Fitness will expire before the general release of exam results, you must again apply for and receive Certification of Fitness before your exam results can be released.

BAR EXAMINATION APPLICATION FILING DEADLINES can be found in the Rules Governing Admission to the Practice of Law. Failure to meet the regular published Bar Examination Application filing deadline requires a $200 late fee in addition to regular charges. For detailed information regarding the Bar Examination, review Part B of the Rules Governing Admission to the Practice of Law. For specific deadlines, please see Bar Exam Application Filing Deadlines under Deadlines and Fees on the Home Page.

BAR EXAMINATION APPLICATION FILING CHARGES must be by credit card (Visa or MC) or in the form of a money order or cashier's check payable to the Board of Bar Examiners. Cash, personal checks, or business checks are NOT accepted.

 

TWO-DAY GEORGIA BAR EXAMINATION – $442

ONE-DAY GEORGIA ATTORNEYS` EXAMINATION – $378

 

*Note. If you pay by credit card, a $10, nonrefundable convenience fee will be applied.

 

TRANSCRIPTSBefore you will be permitted to take the bar examination, it is your responsibility to request and confirm that your schools provide each of the following to the Office of Bar Admissions:

(1) an official transcript issued directly from the college or university which awarded your undergraduate degree indicating the degree awarded and the date conferred; and

(2) an official transcript from the law school which awarded your first professional degree in law indicating the degree awarded and the date conferred.

Do not have your law school transcript submitted until the degree and date awarded are reflected on the transcript. Keep in mind, however, that all transcripts must be received in the Office of Bar Admissions by 4:00 p.m. on or before the transcript filing deadline published below.

Applicants who are scheduled to receive the J.D. degree near in time to the transcript deadline, and for whom the official transcript showing the J.D. degree and date awarded will not be available by the transcript deadline, MUST request that the Dean of the law school send a letter to the Office of Bar Admissions stating that the J.D. degree has been awarded and the date it was awarded. The Dean's letter must be RECEIVED in the Office of Bar Admissions no later than three (3) weeks prior to the Bar Examination.

PROCEDURE FOR SUBMISSION OF OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS

Official Transcripts must be submitted by the degree-granting institution (not the applicant) and must be issued to the Georgia Office of Bar Admissions. Transcripts may be sent in either of two ways:

  • Official electronic transcripts are accepted so long as the email delivering the transcript is delivered through a secured electronic delivery service such as Parchment, Student Clearinghouse, Credentials Solutions, or SCRIP-SAFE International. Scanned PDFs of transcripts or transcripts sent through an unsecured email are not accepted. Electronic transcripts should be sent to: transcripts@gasupreme.us.
  • Official hard-copy transcripts should be mailed directly by the degree-granting institution) to:

Office of Bar Admissions
Nathan Deal Judicial Center
330 Capitol Avenue, SE
Suite L200
Atlanta, GA  30334

Additional information about transcript requirements and deadlines can be found here.

An applicant who was unsuccessful on a previous examination need not resubmit transcripts for a subsequent bar application.

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF TRANSCRIPTS

February Exam – January 31

July Exam – June 30

 

MULTISTATE PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY EXAMINATION (MPRE)

The MPRE is administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). The examination is administered three times per year (April, August and November) at established test centers across the country. The purpose of the MPRE is to measure the applicant’s knowledge and understanding of established standards related to a lawyer's professional conduct. For MPRE Registration Information, go to the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners at www.ncbex.org.

The Georgia Board of Bar Examiners requires ALL applicants to take and pass the MPRE with a scaled score of 75 or higher, prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility for Admission to the Practice of Law.

Applicants who have taken the MPRE and achieved a scaled score of 75 or higher should contact the NCBE at www.ncbex.org, to have the score forwarded directly to the Office of Bar Admissions. The Board of Bar Examiners DOES NOT accept MPRE scores submitted by the applicant. Passing scores for those individuals who have already taken and passed the MPRE must be RECEIVED in the Office of Bar Admissions by 4:00 p.m. on the deadline published below.

Applicants who have yet to take the MPRE must make arrangements with the NCBE at the time of the administration of the MPRE to have the score forwarded directly to the Office of Bar Admissions. Individuals who are successful on the Bar Examination but who have not submitted a passing score on the MPRE at the time Bar Exam results are released, will not be issued a Certification of Eligibility for Admission to the Practice of Law (which is required to be sworn-in) until a passing score on the MPRE is received in the Office of Bar Admissions.

TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS PURSUANT TO THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES (ADA) ACT

The Board is committed to providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations to applicants with documented disabilities who demonstrate a need for accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. The Board will make reasonable modifications to testing procedures that might otherwise prevent individuals with disabilities from taking the Bar examination in an accessible place or manner, provided such modifications do not result in a fundamental alteration to the examination, impose an undue burden, or jeopardize examination security.

To access the necessary ADA Accommodation Forms, click here. Submit all forms and documentation together in ONE submission either by mail or by attaching the submission in a single PDF to an email directed to:

Rebecca Mick, Assistant Director
Supreme Court of Georgia
Office of Bar Admissions
330 Capitol Avenue, SE, Suite L200
Atlanta, Georgia  30334
mickr@gasupreme.us

All complete forms must be received by the Office of Bar Admissions by the deadline published below.

ADMINISTRATIVE ACCOMMODATIONS

Click the link, Administrative Accommodations to access the Administrative Accommodation Form. The completed Administrative Accommodation Form MUST be received in the Office of Bar Admissions no later than the deadline published below.

 

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF ADA ACCOMMODATION OR ADMINISTRATIVE ACCOMMODATION REQUEST

February Exam – December 1

July Exam – May 1