Bar Examination Information
Admission to the Practice of Law in Georgia is a two-step process that requires the submission of two separate applications with separate deadlines and fees.*1. Application for Certification of Fitness to Practice Law in Georgia; and
2. Bar Examination Application.
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 Mastercard) 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
*Note: If you pay by credit card, a $10, nonrefundable convenience fee will be applied.
TRANSCRIPTS – You must request and confirm that your schools provide each of the following to the Office of Bar Admission prior to the transcript filing deadline published below:
(1) an official transcript issued directly from the college or university that awarded your undergraduate degree indicating the degree awarded and the date conferred; and
(2) an official transcript issued directly from the law school that 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 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, may cause their law school Dean to submit certification to the Office of Bar Admissions stating he or she graduated within the six months prior to the date of the examination they seek to take. This certification letter must be RECEIVED in the Office of Bar Admissions by 4:00 p.m. on the transcript filing deadline published below.
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: email@example.com.
- Official hard-copy transcripts should be mailed directly by the degree-granting institution to:
Supreme Court of Georgia
Office of Bar Admissions
DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF TRANSCRIPTS
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
All complete forms must be received by the Office of Bar Admissions by the deadline published below.
As directed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, the Board of Bar Examiners does not allow applicants to bring food, snacks, or drinks of any kind other than water (in transparent plastic, clear or lightly tinted, unlabeled bottles ) into the examination room. Applicants who want authorization to bring into the examination room an assistive device such as diabetic supplies or food, a lactation pump, or lumbar support cushion, or applicants who may need special seating arrangements due to a medical condition, must submit an Administrative Accommodation Request Form to the Office of Bar Admissions. You may be asked to provide documentation to support your request. If the request is granted, the Office of Bar Admissions will send you a letter approving the request which must be presented to the Office of Bar Admissions Staff at the examination site.
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|
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