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.
IMPORTANT NOTICES 2021
4/15/2021 JULY 2021 BAR EXAM FAQs (PDF)
4/14/2021 July 2021 Bar Exam Fees. (PDF)
4/6/2021 NOTICE REGARDING THE JULY 2021 BAR EXAM Please see the information with an overview of the exam format and schedule. Additional information on the new application system, the application process, fees and other details will be posted on Thursday, April 8th by 5:00pm Eastern Time. (PDF)
4/2/2021 NOTICE TO APPLICANTS FOR THE JULY 2021 BAR EXAM
The July Bar Exam application will be open on May 3 through May 21st. PLEASE DO NOT create an account for a character and fitness application on the NCBE website. If you have already started an application on the NCBE website, DO NOT complete and submit payment through NCBE. You will re-enter all character and fitness information on the D.C. Court of Appeals new application system, beginning on May 3rd. If you are a repeat bar exam applicant, or if you have already submitted a character and fitness application through the NCBE website, you will have special instructions when the application opens. Please note that submitting a character and fitness application to NCBE prior to the opening of the application period on May 3rd does not speed up your character and fitness review. Applicants are reviewed for character and fitness only after passing the bar exam and obtaining a minimum score of 75 on the MPRE. Additional information on the July bar exam will be posted on this website on Tuesday, April 6th. Applicants wishing to apply for accommodations may submit their requests to dcaccommodations [at] dcappeals.gov at anytime through May 21st. Information for Accommodations requests may be found by scrolling down on this webpage to Resources Forms and Admissions Rules.
3/10/2021 Order extending temporary amendments to D.C. App. R. 46, to make them applicable to the July 2021 bar examination (PDF)
3/10/2021 Notice to Applicants for admission by UBE Score Transfer, MBE score transfer, or 5 Year Provision: As part of implementing a new, more efficient admissions system, the court announced a two-week pause in applications, beginning at 5 pm Eastern Time on April 15. Please see the court’s announcement for details and contact information. Exam applicants should plan to complete their full applications through the new database when the application opens at 10:00 am Eastern Time on May 3.
3/4/2021 NOTICE TO INDIVIDUALS WISHING TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION WITHOUT EXAMINATION WHO SAT FOR THE OCTOBER REMOTE EXAM IN A NON-RECIPROCAL JURISDICTION (PDF)
2/24/2021 NOTICE TO BAR EXAM TAKERS
The DC Bar Exam Help email previously published is not functioning today because of an internet outage. Applicants needing assistance with passwords or other non-technical issues can email: DCBarExamHelp [at] gmail.com
2/19/2021 NOTICE TO FEBRUARY 2021 BAR EXAM APPLICANTS
Please see the instructions for exam day (PDF) The deadline to download exam materials has been extended to Sunday, February 21, 2021, 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
2/11/2021 NOTICE REGARDING FEBRUARY 12th SWEARING-IN CEREMONIES
Links to the broadcast of the ceremonies on the Court of Appeals YouTube channel are provided below:
- D.C. Court of Appeals Swearing-In Ceremony – 10 AM
- D.C. Court of Appeals Swearing-In Ceremony – 12 PM
- Notice to adopt proposed amendments to D.C. App. R. 46 (PDF)
- Order adopting emergency amendment to D.C. App. R. 46 (PDF)
2/10/2021 In light of continued pandemic conditions, to protect the health and safety of examinees, proctors, and court staff, while performing its duty to assure the competence of persons licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, the Court will administer the remote Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), which is now available, in July 2021. The application will open at 10:00 am Eastern Time on May 3, 2021, and will close at 5:00 pm Eastern Time on May 21, 2021. There will be no late application period. Applicants who sit for the February 2021 exam will have their results by May 14, 2021, which will allow time for unsuccessful February applicants to reapply. Applicants may check the National Conference of Bar Examiners website for additional information regarding the remote UBE.
2/9/2021 NOTICE REGARDING SELFIE/PHOTO ID UPLOAD FOR FEBRUARY BAR EXAM
For some applicants it is necessary to take an additional step before you can upload the ID verification documents. Please see the additional instruction (PDF) and follow the steps from the Exam Information Email.
2/9/2021 NOTICE REGARDING FEBRUARY 12TH VIRTUAL SWEARING-IN CEREMONIES
The Zoom link to the ceremonies will be emailed to registered applicants after the registration closes on February 10th.
1/29/2021 NOTICE REGARDING THE FEBRUARY 12, 2021 VIRTUAL SWEARING-IN CEREMONY The Zoom links to register for the ceremony are now available. Registration closes on February 10, 5:00 PM Eastern time. Please do not register guests. The ceremony will be broadcast on the Court’s YouTube Channel. The link for the broadcast will be posted on this webpage the day before the ceremony. Applicants are encouraged to perform the oath in absentia even if they plan to participate in the ceremony. The next swearing-in ceremony will be held in July, 2021.
Click below to register for a ceremony:
- D.C. Court of Appeals Swearing-In Ceremony – 10 AM
- D.C. Court of Appeals Swearing-In Ceremony – 12 PM
1/26/2021 OFFICE OF THE COMMITTEE ON ADMISSIONS AND COMMITTEE ON UNAUTHORIZED PRACTICE OF LAW PHONE HOURS:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm; Tuesday and Thursday: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon. At other times, please use email or leave a voice mail (email addresses for particular questions are listed in the court's operational order (PDF)). Please also check FAQ's and Notices, which we update when multiple people ask similar questions.
1/8/2021 NOTICE TO APPLICANTS TRANSFERRING AN OCTOBER SCORE FROM A RECIPROCAL JURISDICTION
If you are transferring a score from a reciprocal remote jurisdiction (Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont) please upload a document in the “UBE Score” tab in the application portal stating that you took the October remote exam and the name of the Jurisdiction where you took the exam.
1/7/2021 NOTICE TO APPLICANTS WISHING TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION BY EMERGENCY EXAM WAIVER
Instructions for the application are available here. (PDF)
12/21/2020 IMPORTANT DEADLINES FOR FEBRUARY BAR EXAM APPLICANTS (PDF)
12/16/2020 Updated Schedules for February Bar Exam with Accommodations (PDF)
12/11/2020 NOTICE OF OFFICIAL OCTOBER 2020 BAR EXAM RESULTS (PDF)
12/9/2020 District of Columbia Unofficial Results October 2020 Remote Bar Exam (PDF)
12/8/2020 NOTICE REGARDING OCTOBER 2020 REMOTE BAR EXAM RESULTS
The unofficial pass/fail results of the October remote bar exam will be posted by EXAM ID on the Committee on Admissions website by 9:00am, December 9, 2020. The EXAM ID is the five-digit number beginning with “2” used by you for your ExamSoft account and on your exam. Applicants will receive an email with their official exam scaled scores and raw essay scores by 5:00pm on Thursday, December 10, 2020. Please note that the emails will not all arrive at the same time. A list of the successful applicants will be posted on the COA website no later than 5:00pm on Friday, December 11, 2020. Notices of certification for admission will be sent by email on a rolling basis beginning December 21, 2020.
12/3/2020 NOTICE TO APPLICANTS WHO WISH TO TRANSFER A REMOTE SCORE FROM A RECIPROCAL JURISDICTION
The Committee On Admissions will automatically receive the scores from the reciprocal jurisdictions. Please apply as a “UBE Score transfer”. Under the “UBE Score” tab, please upload a WORD document with your name, the name of the jurisdiction where you took the exam, and the date of the exam. The COA staff will approve scores on a rolling basis after receiving the scores from the jurisdiction. If you previously applied to D.C. and are unable to start a new application, please email sparrish [at] dcappeals.gov for technical assistance. Please note that applications are reviewed in order of the date of submission. The process for admission by UBE score transfer may take up to six months.
11/19/2020 IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING UPDATED MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS (PDF) for computers used for the February Remote Bar Exam
11/17/2020 NOTICE TO FEBRUARY BAR EXAM APPLICANTS
The MBE ONLY or MPT/MEE ONLY options are NOT available for the February 2021 bar exam. Applicants for the February bar exam must take the full UBE. Applicants who are unsuccessful on the October Remote exam administered in the District of Columbia may apply for the February exam December 16 - 23, 2020.
11/17/2020 NOTICE TO APPLICANTS WISHING TO APPLY BY TRANSFERRED REMOTE EXAM SCORE
Applicants who took the October Remote Exam in a reciprocal jurisdiction and who earned a minimum score of 266 may apply on motion for admission. Please select "Motion By UBE Score Transfer" under the "Other Applications for Admission" tab to apply.
11/17/2020 NOTICE TO APPLICANTS WISHING TO APPLY BY TRANSFERRED MBE SCORE
To apply by this method you must have a score from an administration of the 200 question MBE. You may not apply with a score from a remote administration where the multiple choice portion of the exam was not a full MBE.
11/10/2020 NOTICE TO APPLICANTS WHO ARE APPLYING FOR ACCOMMODATIONS
Please review General Information Regarding Accommodations (PDF) for the February Remote Bar Exam
11/10/2020 NOTICE TO APPLICANTS WHO DEFERRED FEES FROM THE OCTOBER (or JULY) REMOTE EXAM
Please follow the exam instructions to reapply for the February 2021 exam. Once you have completed your application DO NOT PAY. Send an email to: Barexamrefund [at] dcappeals.gov stating that you have applied for the February exam and wish to use your deferred October/July fees.
11/6/2020 The application for the February 2021 Uniform Bar Exam opens November 10th at 10:00am EST. Please read the instructions carefully and monitor this website weekly until the exam. Applicants who requested a fee deferral from the July/October exams will be required to re-apply although payment will not be required. Instructions on how to apply with deferred fees will be posted on November 10th.(PDF)
11/4/2020 FAQs for Temporary Supervised Practice and Emergency Exam Waiver Admission (PDF)
10/27/2020 In light of continued pandemic conditions, to protect the health and safety of examinees, proctors, and court staff, while performing its duty to assure the competence of persons licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, the Court will administer the remote Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), which is now available, in February 2021. The application will open at 10:00 am on November 10, 2020 and close at 5:00 pm on November 20, 2020. Applicants who were unsuccessful on the October exam may register December 16 to 23. Applicants may check the National Conference of Bar Examiners website for additional information regarding the remote UBE.
10/8/2020 Order denying motion to amend D.C. App. R. 46A(e) (PDF)
9/28/2020 Order denying emergency petition to amend D.C. App. R. 46-A, emergency exam waiver admission (PDF)
9/24/2020 Order regarding emergency temporary practice and emergency exam waiver admission in the District of Columbia (PDF)
9/15/2020 The DC Court of Appeals issued an order granting, in part, the request included in an emergency petition to allow law school graduates to practice law in DC without taking the bar exam ("diploma privilege"). (PDF) The Court expects to issue emergency rules on Monday, September 28, expanding current provisions allowing temporary practice under supervision and potentially providing emergency exam-waiver admission (referred to as "diploma privilege" by the petitioners) for qualifying applicants. The Committee on Admissions staff does not have additional information on the content of the September 28 rules.
8/20/2020 UPDATE TO NOTICE REGARDING RECIPROCITY FOR THE OCTOBER 2020 REMOTE EXAM FOR BAR ADMISSION
The District of Columbia Committee on Admissions is pleased to announce that we have entered a reciprocity agreement with Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont for the portability of scores from the October 2020 Remote Bar Exam. The Committee on Admissions will continue to seek reciprocity with other jurisdictions offering the October 2020 Remote Bar Exam. Applicants who do not wish to have their scores reported to other jurisdictions must opt out prior to taking the exam. More details will be posted on our website in the coming weeks. To be eligible to apply under the reciprocity agreement, applicants must attain a passing score as set by the jurisdiction to which they wish to apply as well as meet all other admission requirements for that jurisdiction.
5/29/2020 Bar Examination February 2020 Results click here.
3/23/2020 Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law Opinion 24-20: Teleworking from Home and the COVID-19 Pandemic
COMMITTEE ON ADMISSIONS CONTACT INFORMATION
- For general admissions questions including application status updates, and certification: coa [at] dcappeals.gov
- For questions regarding wall certificates / plaques: nlane [at] dcappeals.gov
- For questions regarding withdrawals from the February 2020 Bar Exam: barexamwithdrawal [at] dcappeals.gov
- For pro hac vice applications and pro bono receipts: sparrish [at] dcappeals.gov
- For questions regarding unauthorized practice of law: cupl [at] dcappeals.gov
- For questions regarding accommodations for the July 2020 bar exam: dcaccommodations [at] dcappeals.gov
- For submitting oath statements and related questions: attyoath [at] dcappeals.gov
- For technical help with submitting applications: sparrish [at] dcappeals.gov
- For questions regarding Rule 46 admission requirements and Rule 49 extension requests: sshanks [at] dcappeals.gov
10/30/2019 Bar Examination July 2019 Results click here.
2/3/2019 NOTICE TO APPLICANTS FOR ADMISSION on MOTION WHO ARE SUBJECT TO THE 360 DAY PRACTICE LIMITATION UNDER RULE 49
Pursuant to the amendment to D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 49(c)(8), “Upon request and for good cause shown, the Director of the Committee on Admissions may extend beyond 360 days the period during which a person is authorized to practice under Rule 49(c)(8).” Please submit all requests in writing to: Shela Shanks, Director, COA/CUPL by email: sshanks [at] dcappeals.gov
2/1/2019 A Message of Thanks from the DC Court of Appeals
1/3/2019 Administrative Order 1-19 for Temporary Suspension of Rule Requiring Law Students Practicing in D.C. to Register with this Court and be issued a Student Bar Membership Card
1/8/2018 Certificates of Good Standing are now issued by the DC Bar on behalf of the Court of Appeals. Mail requests received by the Committee on Admissions will be returned to the requestor. For more information on the processing of Certificates please contact the DC Bar. Pro hac vice and pro bono applications continue to be issued by the Office of the Committee on Admissions.
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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.
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).
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.
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.
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