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Bar Admissions

Bar Qualifications

For bar admission in most states, a candidate must pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) in addition to the bar examination. The MPRE is a two-hour exam administered three times each year. Students usually take it before or during their third year of law school. For current information about the exam, including dates and deadlines, visit www.ncbex.org/exams/mpre

Each state bar has its own admission rules, including bar examination requirements for that jurisdiction. You may consult the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners (www.ncbex.org) for information about various jurisdictions.

The Uniform Bar Examination has been adopted by most states and results in a portable score that can be used to apply for admission in other UBE jurisdictions. For current information about the UBE, including dates and deadlines, visit www.ncbex.org/exams/ube

Bar admission also requires character, fitness, and other qualifications. We encourage you to determine now what the requirements are in the state(s) in which you think you may want to practice.

Student Registration

Some states, including Alabama, encourage students to register with the bar while they are students. Students may be able to reduce or avoid some fees by applying early to the Alabama State Bar. To learn more about registering with the Alabama State Bar see the following link:

Alabama Bar Information & Applications [alabar.org]

Student Practice Cards

Many states have a rule that allows third-year law students to represent clients if they are supervised by a practicing lawyer.

Students who are interested in applying for a practice card with the Alabama State Bar should contact the Law School Clinic office for assistance. Students interested in applying for a Practice Card in any other jurisdiction should contact the Registrar’s Office.

Application Resources

The following is a list of members of the Law School community who have been members of the Alabama Bar for five years or more and may be willing to sign affidavits for (3L) applicants to the Alabama Bar.

Bill Andreen, Claude Arrington, Kimberly Boone, Bill Bostick, Bill Brewbaker, Penny Davis, Susan Donovan, Steve Emens, Kara Gamble, Robbyn Gourdouze, Martha Griffith, Susan Hamill, Anita Kay Head, Glory McLaughlin, Yuri Linetsky, Anil Mujumdar, Daniel Powell, Randy Quarles, Caryn Roseman, Jenny Ryan, Terrika Shaw, Nathan Smart, Gary Sullivan, Joyce Vance, Megan Walsh

Driving Record Abstract
Alabama DPS Driver’s Record Abstract Request [alabar.org]