Taking the exam
Some states are now allowing applications. If nothing comes out by next week (which is the latest to realistically allow new applications), your options are either to wait it out (for DC) or apply. Plan accordingly:
- Minnesota (260): https://www.ble.mn.gov/message-to-exami ... certainty/
Missouri (260): https://www.mble.org/news.action?id=1662
New Jersey (266): https://www.njbarexams.org/news.action?id=1420
New York (266): https://www.nybarexam.org/Docs/NY_Notic ... 3.2019.pdf
Tennessee (270): http://www.tnble.org/news/tennessee-sup ... -tennessee
Should you exercise that option, get ready to pay more $$$ though:
- Minnesota: (260) : $500/650 (not admitted elsewhere in the US) | $950/1050 (you're already an attorney)
Missouri (260) : $910
New Jersey (266) : $675
New York (266) : $250/$350 (domestic applicants) | $750/850 (foreign applicants)
Tennessee (270) : $575/675
Note that unless DC modifies its criteria (for this instance), regular waiver rules apply (i.e. 133+ MBE & passing score where you take the test).
For more reading:
https://www.law.com/2019/01/24/shutdown ... postponed/
https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal ... ation.html
Passed, and you're good to go
If you're here, you probably know this already. Swearings-in have been postponed for a date TBD. You now can skip the future ceremony altogether:
"all successful candidates from the July 2018 bar exam who have already been certified [...] are still able to be sworn-in in absentia"
How to do that: https://www.dccourts.gov/sites/default/ ... ar_Ins.pdf
Fill out the form, get confirmation and you're pretty much done. You'll get your bar number later, but you're free to practice.
Passed, but not Certified (or Waiving into DC)
I don't want to say you're SOL at the moment but... Basically, wait until the shutdown is over. Nothing will be processed until that point. Also, even when the shutdown ends, expect a further delay due to the backlog (and the added applications with a successful Feb 2019 exam).
Places to Watch
DC Admin Committee: https://www.dccourts.gov/court-of-appea ... admissions