A Comprehensive Guide to Bar Reciprocity: What States Have Reciprocity for Lawyers and Allow You to Waive into the Bar

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A Comprehensive Guide to Bar Reciprocity: What States Have Reciprocity for Lawyers and Allow You to Waive into the Bar

Postby tls2 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:57 am

Summary: Have you passed the bar in one state and want to work in another? Find out what your options are in this article.

One of the biggest mistakes attorneys make in their job search is to not look at multiple markets in their search. For most attorneys, we recommend you look at multiple markets when you are doing a job search—there are lifestyle, prestige, compensation and other considerations that make looking at other markets worth your while.

You graduated from law school, passed the bar exam, and met all other requirements for admission in a given state. Congratulations! You can begin practicing law in that state.

But what if you have not yet passed the bar exam? Or you want to explore legal opportunities in a state different from the one where you were admitted or practice federal law in federal district courts? Are there additional hurdles you need to overcome?

This article answers these questions. It provides an overview of the bar admission process – which is complicated and varies from state to state – and explores ways in which attorneys licensed in one state can practice in other states. It also covers what to do if you fail the bar exam and how to make use of your J.D. degree without actually practicing law. This article also discusses the recent trend towards “portability” of bar exam results through state adoption of the Uniform Bar Exam.

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