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Part C of the Rules Governing Admission to the Practice of Law provides for Admission on Motion (without examination).

Before you apply for Admission on Motion, you should carefully review Part C of the Rules to ensure that you currently satisfy all of the eligibility requirements. If the Board of Bar Examiners determines you do not satisfy the eligibility requirements, you will not be entitled to receive a refund of your filing fee.

Our current list of reciprocal jurisdictions for purposes of Admission on Motion in Georgia is below.

Alabama Idaho Maine Missouri New York Pennsylvania Virgin Islands
Alaska Illinois Maryland Montana North Carolina South Dakota Virginia
Arizona Indiana Massachusetts Nebraska North Dakota Tennessee Washington
Colorado Iowa Michigan New Hampshire Ohio Texas Wisconsin
Connecticut Kansas Minnesota New Jersey Oklahoma Utah West Virginia
District of Columbia Kentucky Mississippi New Mexico Oregon Vermont Wyoming

 

Please note that (among others), California, Florida, and South Carolina are not reciprocal jurisdictions with Georgia and that you should consider reciprocity only for the jurisdiction in which you were admitted by passing a bar exam.

In addition, note that Section 2 (b) of Part C of the Rules provides that you are subject to any “more stringent and exacting” requirements that would apply to an applicant from Georgia seeking admission to the Bar in the jurisdiction in which you are admitted by exam. Before you apply for Admission on Motion, you should review your applicable jurisdiction’s requirements for Admission on Motion to ensure you meet any such additional requirements.

Admission on Motion in Georgia requires the submission of two forms: the Petition for Admission on Motion without Examination and the Application for Certification of Fitness to Practice Law. Both forms must be filed simultaneously, accompanied with a $1,500 nonrefundable fee, as well as the following documents:
  • Official Undergraduate Transcript;
  • Official Law School Transcript;
  • Current Letter or Certificate of Good Standing from each state or jurisdiction where you are admitted to practice. (“Current” means as close to your filing date as possible but not older than 60 days prior to the filing date of your application);
  • Current Letter or Record of Disciplinary History from every state or jurisdiction in which you have ever been admitted to practice; and
  • Statement describing your “active practice of law” (as defined in the Rules) for at least five of the past seven years. Please note that the Rules require Motion applicants to have been “primarily” engaged in the active practice of law for five of the past seven years. The Board of Bar Examiners does not consider the practice of law to include typical document review.

You should upload all eligibility documentation at the time you submit your application, and you must upload the documentation within 30 days. Failure to timely upload your eligibility documents may cause you to be deemed ineligible for Admission on Motion.

You should carefully review the Policy Statement issued by the Board to Determine Fitness of Bar Applicants regarding certification of fitness. If you are determined to be eligible for Admission on Motion and then are granted a certification of fitness by the Board to Determine Fitness of Bar Applicants, you will be notified by letter sent to your address on file, which will be accompanied by a Certificate of Eligibility for Admission on Motion.

Finally, the Board of Bar Examiners recognizes that the eligibility requirements for Admission on Motion may be difficult to satisfy for attorney spouses of active duty military personnel, who frequently are transferred to new duty stations in states where they are not admitted to practice. Those facing this situation are encouraged to apply to the Board of Bar Examiners for a waiver of strict compliance with the reciprocity and/or practice requirements.