Admission to the Practice of Law in Washington

Bar Exam Admissions

Washington administers the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) in February and July of each year. The two-day exam is held in Tacoma, Washington. Candidates for the bar exam must meet all qualifications for taking the exam and are subject to character and fitness review.

July 2017 Exam: July 25-26, 2017

February 2018 Exam: Feb. 27-28, 2018

For application deadlines, click on Bar Exam & Application page


Qualifications for the Bar Exam

Do you qualify to take the bar exam in Washington?

Uniform Bar Exam

Uniform Bar Exam

Information about Washington's administration of the UBE

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Lawyer Bar Exam & Application

Find information about the lawyer bar exam and how to apply.

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Bar Exam Results and Admission

Find out who passed the bar exam and how to complete the admission process

Admission by Motion and UBE Transfer

Lawyers licensed to practice law in other states and territories of the United States may be eligible for Admission by Motion or by Uniform Bar Exam Score transfer to Washington.

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Admission by Motion/Reciprocity

For U.S. lawyers with active legal experience for 3 of the past 5 years

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Admission by UBE Transfer

How to transfer a UBE score of 270 or higher

Limited Practice for Lawyers

Lawyers licensed to practice law in other U.S. states and territories or outside of the U.S may be eligible for limited licenses to practice in Washington.

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Foreign Law Consultant

Limited licenses for lawyers licensed outside the U.S

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Pro Hac Vice

Limited license for a particular case or proceeding

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Admission for Indigent Representation

Represent indigents while waiting to take the bar exam.

Application Instructions

Find out everything you need to know about submitting an application.

Start a Bar Exam Application

Create an account and apply online.

Rules and Regulations

Links to the Admission and Practice Rules, Rules of Professional Conduct, Bylaws, etc.

Admission Policies