Updated: May 26, 2020

ANNOUNCEMENT: Summer Bar Exams

May 20, 2020: Due to COVID-19, the Washington Supreme Court has temporarily reduced the minimum UBE passing score in Washington from 270 to 266.  The temporary modified minimum passing score will apply ONLY to applicants who sit for the July 2020 or September 2020 UBE.  In addition, applicants applying for admission by UBE score transfer from another jurisdiction, who sit for and achieve a 266 or higher on the July 2020 or September 2020 UBE, may transfer their score to Washington.  Because this change is temporary pursuant to the Court's order, the minimum score will revert to 270 beginning of with the February 2021 bar examination.

UPDATE May 13, 2020: The Uniform Bar exam will be administered in Washington on July 28 & 29 and Sept. 9 & 10, for applicants who timely submitted applications for the July Bar exam by the deadlines. The period for submitting applications has closed and the deadlines have passed. If you have applied to take the July bar exam in Washington, you do not need to submit a new application for the September exam. The exams will be administered on both dates in the Seattle/Tacoma/Everett area and the Spokane area, at specific testing sites that will be identified later, and all administrations will comply with then-existing public health guidelines. Please see the May 13, 2020 letter from the Washington Supreme Court. We will be working hard to provide a safe and appropriate testing setting for every applicant. We will post any additional information as soon as it is available.


Next Lawyer Bar Exam

Date of  Exam

July 28-29, 2020

Date of Sept, 2020 Exam  

Sept. 9-10, 2020

Exam Site Locations:

Greater Seattle/Tacoma/Everett Area or Spokane Area (specific site locations will be released when available)

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 for July 2020 Exam:

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

Exam Results Posted to Applicant's Online Account for the Sept. 2020 Exam:

Oct. 16, 2020, 8 a.m. PT

Other Lawyer Bar Exam Dates

Feb. 23-24, 2021 - Tacoma, WA (Tacoma Convention Center)

July 27-28, 2021 - New Location, Yakima, WA (Yakima Convention Center)

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.

Requirements to qualify to take the lawyer bar exam:

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 jurisdiction where the common law of England is the basis of its jurisprudence and have 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 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.