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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.*

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 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 – $436

ONE-DAY GEORGIA ATTORNEYS` EXAMINATION – $376

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 4:30 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 Exam.

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

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 4:30 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.

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF TRANSCRIPTS AND MPRE SCORES

February Exam – January 31

July Exam – June 30

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

When applicants request testing accommodations pursuant to ADA, the Board of Bar Examiners requires completion of a Petition for Testing Accommodations as well as documentation of the disability. The Board will accede to reasonable requests for those with documented disabilities in an effort to ensure that all applicants have equal opportunity in taking the Bar Examination. In the past, testing arrangements have included such accommodations as the construction of private booths, the allowance of additional time, and Braille or large print test materials.

To obtain specific information and to access the necessary ADA Accommodation Forms, click here. The completed ADA Forms and documentation MUST be received in one packet by the Office of Bar Admissions no later than the deadline published below. Failure to file ADA Accommodation Forms and documentation by the published deadline may result in your NOT receiving testing accommodations for the Bar Examination for which you have applied.

ADMINISTRATIVE ACCOMMODATIONS

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

February Exam – December 1

July Exam – May 1

All correspondence to the Board of Bar Examiners should be directed to:
 

Office of Bar Admissions
244 Washington Street, SW
Suite 440
Atlanta, GA 30334