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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 you are determined not to 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|
|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.
In addition, depending on the rules of your former (sending) jurisdiction, you may be subject to more stringent requirements than are set forth in the Georgia Rules. You are responsible for reviewing your home or sending state’s requirements for Admission on Motion.
Fees and Filing Instructions
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. (Please note that your Disciplinary History will likely come from a separate board or agency than your Certificate of Good Standing. Please see the American Bar Association’s website for more information); and
- Statement describing your “active practice of law” (as defined in the Rules) for at least five of the past seven years.
All eligibility documentation should be uploaded to your homepage at the time you submit your petition, and the documentation must be uploaded within 30 days of the date you submit your petition. 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.