Bar Application Requirements

Make sure to leave sufficient time to collect and submit all the materials needed for your bar application, as deadlines are strictly enforced. Forms and materials will vary from state to state, and you are encouraged to contact the board of bar examiners for more state specific information.

Although some information may change, use this as a general guide:
 

Requirements for Application

Qualifications for Admission to the Bar

ABA Standard 504 (a)

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

The National Conference of Bar Examiners conducts character investigations on all applicants to the bar. The Character and Fitness Form is detailed and requires supporting documents. Make sure to allow adequate time to gather and request all required documents.

Get more information and view a sample form:

Fingerprints

Many state bar applications require applicants to submit fingerprint cards. Liberty University Police Department (LUPD) offers fingerprinting services to students for a small fee. For more information contact LUPD.

Law School Education Documents

You may need to submit a certificate signed by our dean verifying that you have graduated from law school. Please contact the Registrar’s Office to request a verification document.

Notary

As you fill out your bar application you may need documents notarized. You may contact the School of Law Registrar’s Office, the School of Law Receptionist, or Liberty University Human Resources Department for this service.


Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE)

The MPRE is a test that is required by most states for admission to the bar. Passing scores will vary depending on jurisdiction. The MPRE is offered three times a year.