Updated: April 9, 2020

***Will the July Bar Exam be Administered as Scheduled?

We do not know how the ongoing COVID-19 crisis will impact the July 2020 Washington Bar Exam.  Our application and related deadlines remain unchanged.  We are in close contact with the National Conference of Bar Examiners and other jurisdictions as we all consider possible options for the July exam in the event that prohibitions against large gatherings remain in effect.  Please continue to monitor this website for updated information.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.  The NCBE's information regarding the July 2020 bar exam can be found HERE.

Next Lawyer Bar Exam

Date of  Exam

July 28-29, 2020

Location (main site):

The Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center

Applications Accepted Beginning:

Feb. 1, 2020

Application Filing Deadlines:

March 5, 2020  (timely filing), April 6, 2020  (late filing fee $300), May 5, 2020 (failed the previous Washington winter exam only with no late fee)

Foreign Applications Accepted Beginning:

Sept. 1, 2019

Foreign Application Deadlines:

Oct. 5, 2019 (timely filing), Nov. 5, 2019 (late filing fee $300)

Exam Results Posted to Applicant's Online Account:

Sept. 11, 2020, 8 a.m. PT

Feb. 25-26, 2020 exam results will be posted to applicants online account on April 10, 2020 at 8 a.m. PST

Other Lawyer Bar Exam Dates

Please see Application Instructions for details).

To take the Washington lawyer bar exam, you must meet the qualifications stated in Washington Supreme Court Admission and Practice Rule (APR) 3. In all cases, you must establish that you possess good moral character and the requisite fitness to practice law.

To qualify to take the lawyer bar exam, you must have:

Please Note : All applicants are subject to a character and fitness review prior to being admitted to practice law in Washington.  Factors considered by Admissions staff and Bar Counsel when determining whether an applicant should be referred to the Character and Fitness Board are set forth in Washington Supreme Court Admission and Practice Rules (APR)  20-24.2(a). 

Any discrepancy or conflict between the information provided here and the rules and regulations set by the Washington Supreme Court, or the Bylaws and policies of the Washington State Bar Association, is unintentional and will be resolved in favor of strict compliance with the rules, regulations, Bylaws and policies.