Remote Exams: March 5, 2021: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 5, 2021, the Washington Supreme Court issued an order authorizing the Washington State Bar Association to administer the Summer 2021 bar exam remotely. A remote exam means that you will be able to take the exam using your computer at any location with a reliable internet connection. There will not be an in-person exam in Yakima as previously scheduled. In addition, the court temporarily lowered the minimum passing score for the UBE to 266. The minimum passing score of 266 also applies to applicants transferring a July 2021 UBE score from another jurisdiction. We will provide additional information here as it becomes available.
October 2020 Remote Exam Score Transfers: March 5, 2021: In addition, the Court has authorized the WSBA to accept October 2020 remote exam scores from UBE jurisdictions for purpose of admission to Washington. The score transfer is limited to those applicants who received a JD from an ABA approved law school and can only be transferred from jurisdictions that were UBE jurisdictions at the time of the October exam.
Next Lawyer Bar Exam
Summer 2021 Exam
July 27–28, 2021
The exam will be administered remotely using testing software by ExamSoft
Application Filing Deadlines:
March 5, 2021 (timely filing), April 5, 2021 (late filing fee $300), May 5, 2021 (failed the previous Washington winter exam only with no late fee)
Exam Results Posted to Applicant's Online Account for February 2021 Exam:
April 9, 2021, 8 a.m. PT
Other Lawyer Bar Exam Dates
Feb. 22–23, 2022, at the Yakima Convention Center in Yakima, Washington, or will be remotely administered. Decision on the administration method of the exam to be determined at a later date.
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:
- graduated from an ABA-accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree; or
- completed the Washington Supreme Court APR 6 Law Clerk Program; or
- graduated with a Juris Doctor from any U.S. law school and earned an LLM degree that meets the requirements of Washington Supreme Court APR 3 from an ABA-approved law school; or
- graduated from a university or law school outside of the U.S. with a degree in law that qualifies the applicant to practice law in that jurisdiction and earned an LLM degree that meets the requirements of Washington Supreme Court APR 3 from an ABA-approved law school; or
- been admitted to the practice of law in any jurisdiction where the common law of England is the basis of its jurisprudence and has legal experience for at least three of the five years immediately preceding the filing of the application.
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.