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Committee on Admissions

The Committee on Admissions reviews all applications for admission to the District of Columbia Bar. See DC App. Rule 46. The Committee receives approximately 6,500 applications per year, administers the bar exam, conducts extensive character and fitness investigations including informal meetings and formal hearings, and files recommendations with the court regarding applications or petitions.

Application for Admission by Examination

Bar exam applications are not currently being accepted. Please check back periodically for the application for the next Bar Exam.

Information booklets, which include practice questions and other study materials for the MEE, MPT, and MBE, are available from the NCBE's website.

MEE, MPT, and MBE Information Booklets

Time of Notice and Publication of Bar Examination Results

The District of Columbia Bar Examination is administered twice per year. Applicants who sit for the February bar examination will typically be notified in writing of the results of their examination by mid-May. Applicants who sit for the July bar examination will typically be notified in writing of the results of their examination in late October. An alphabetical list of the successful applicants shall be published with the request that any information tending to affect the eligibility of an applicant on moral grounds be furnished to the Committee. The first publication shall be at least 30 days before the Committee reports to the court. This list will be posted in the office of the Committee on Admissions on the first floor of the Historic Courthouse. The list will also be posted on this website as well as the DC Bar's website.

An unsuccessful applicant will receive written notification which shall contain the applicant's raw score for each question in the written component, the written component scaled score, the MBE scaled score, and the combined UBE scaled score. DC App. Rule 46(c)(11)(B). An unsuccessful applicant may arrange to review his or her graded written component answers, in accordance with DC App. Rule 46(c)(12).

Other Applications for Admission

The Committee on Admissions (COA) is transitioning to a new application database which will open on May 3, 2021. Although COA is continuing to review and certify applications, the current application database will be closed to applicants during the transition. If you are applying by UBE score transfer, MBE score transfer or by 5 Year Provision, you may choose to complete the character and fitness questionnaire on the NCBE website during the application pause. The data for all applicants with active applications will be migrated to the new system. Instructions will be provided on May 3rd on how to claim your account on the new system. Applicants for the July 2021 bar exam can apply beginning May 3rd through May 21st in the new system. Thank you for your patience as we transition to the new system. Please monitor our website for answers to your questions.

Application for Special Legal Consultant

Before you begin the electronic application, you must read and print the District of Columbia specific Instructions and Forms.

Also, please note that the Committee on Admissions uses the electronic application developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Clicking on the link below will redirect you to the NCBE's website where you will be required to create a user account to gain access to the electronic application.

Application for Special Legal Consultant

Resources, Forms and Admissions Rules

Admissions Forms

Title Download PDF
Law School Certification Form (Final) - ABA Law School Download
Law School Certification Form - Non-ABA Law School Download
Law School Certification Form - 26 Credit Hours Download
Essay Scaled Score Release Form Download
General Information In Considering Whether You Need Test Accommodations For A Disability Download
Testing Accommodations - Applicant Request Form Download
Testing Accommodations - Guidelines for Medical Documentation Download
Supplemental Questionnaire Form Download
Attorney Oath of Admission to the DC Bar Download
Application for Exam Waiver Admission Form Download
Instructions for Emergency Exam Waiver Application Form Download

Admissions Rules

Title Download PDF
Admission Based on COVID-19 Emergency Examination Waiver - Rule 46(a) Download
Admission by Examination - Rule 46(c) Download
Admission by Transfer of UBE Score – Rule 46 (d) Download
Admission without Examination – Rule 46 (e) Download
License to Practice as a Special legal Consultant – Rule 46 (f) Download
Legal Assistance by Law Students - Rule 48 Download

Additional Information

Title Download PDF
Admissions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (currently being updated) Download
Guidance for Graduates of Non-ABA Approved Law Schools Download
Instructions for Completing the Attorney Oath of Admission in Absentia After Certification Download

For Bar Members

Title Download PDF
Engraved Wall Certificate Download
Certificate Concerning Discipline Download
Request Verification of Reciprocity Download

Committee Members

Claudia A. Withers

Vice Chair
Elizabeth A. Greenidge

Stephen Douglas Juge
Alvin H. Thomas, Jr.
Kenneth J. Nunnenkamp
Almo J. Carter
Eric C. Schmale
Janell M. Wolfe
James P. Connor
Erica Deray
Robin M. Earnest
Clarence K. Powell
Belinda M. Tilley
Carrie Weletz

Thomas R. Healy

Director, Committee on Admissions and the Unauthorized Practice of Law
Shela Shanks