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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 more than 3,500 applications per year, 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

ALL APPLICANTS MUST COMPLETE THEN SUBMIT AN NCBE CHARACTER AND FITNESS APPLICATION (see links below).

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Instructions and Information Download

Court Online Application

Please note that the Committee's online application includes the electronic application developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Click on the link below for the NCBE's website to create a user account and access the electronic application.

NCBE Application

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 by mid-November. 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 Clerk on the second 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

Please click on the link by the appropriate rule provision to apply.

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Application Type Application Requirements
Rule 46(d)(3) – Motion by UBE score transfer
Click here to apply under Rule 46(d)(3)
  • A qualifying UBE score of 266 or higher
  • A qualifying MPRE score of 75 or higher
  • Member of good standing in each jurisdiction in which you are admitted
  • Graduated from an ABA approved law school or has successfully completed 26 credit hours at an ABA approved law school each of which is substantially concentrated on a single subject tested on the UBE
Rule 46(e)(3)(A) – Motion by 5 Year Provision
Click here to apply under Rule 46(e)(3)(A)
  • Member in good standing of the Bar of a state or territory of the United States for a period of five years immediately preceding the date of application
Rule 46(e)(3)(B) – Motion by MBE Score Transfer
Click here to apply under Rule 46(e)(3)(B)
  • Admission to the bar of another jurisdiction with a qualifying MBE score of 133 or higher
  • A qualifying MPRE score of 75 or higher
  • Graduated from an ABA approved law school or has successfully completed 26 credit hours at an ABA approved law school each of which is substantially concentrated on a single subject tested on the UBE
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

For Bar Members

Engraved Wall Certificate Download
Certificate Concerning Discipline Download
Certificate of Good Standing Download
Request Verification of Reciprocity Download

Admissions Forms

Law School Certification Form Download
Essay Scaled Score Release Form Download
Testing Accommodations-Test Day Policies Download
Testing Accommodations-Applicant Request Form Download
Testing Accommodations-Guidelines for Medical Documentation Download
Supplemental Questionnaire Form Download

Admissions Rules

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

Guidance for Graduates of Non-ABA Approved Law Schools Download

Committee Members

Chair
Claudia A. Withers

Vice Chair
Stephen R. Henley

Members
Thomas E. Shakow
Adrian L. Steel Jr.
Stephen Douglas Juge
Elizabeth A. Greenidge
Kendra Briggs
Thomas Healy
Micah Salb
Alvin Thomas
Michael F. Williams
Kenneth J. Nunnenkamp

Counsel
Thomas E. Shakow

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