Bar Admission

Colorado Bar Admission

To obtain a license to practice law in Colorado, you must:

  • Receive a J.D. from an accredited law school.
  • Take the Practicing with Professionalism Course offered by the Colorado Bar Association.
  • Pass the Multi-State Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) (with a scaled score of at least 85).
  • Apply for admission to the Colorado Office of Attorney Admissions.
    • Please note that when you apply for bar admission, the Office of Attorney Admissions will request a certificate of graduation and a copy of your law school application.  The Law School will complete this on your behalf, but you must first submit the following authorization form to the Law School (hard copies of the form are available outside the Registrar's office). You can either email the form to lawreg@colorado.edu from your @colorado.edu email address or turn in a hard copy to the FORMS box outside the Registrar's office. You do NOT need to separately submit a LX Form 5 to our office. We will send these items directly to the Office of Attorney Admissions once all grades are finalized. 
  • Pass Colorado's Uniform Bar Exam (with a scaled score of at least 276).
  • Meet the character and fitness requirements set forth by the Colorado Office of Attorney Admissions.

The above checklist is provided for your convenience only. To avoid any surprises, visit the Colorado Supreme Court website to make sure you have the most complete and up-to-date information about the admission requirements. Students should also visit the Colorado Supreme Court – Board of Bar Examiners website and review the bar application questionnaire to learn about the character and fitness requirements and the bar application process. 

We recommend you begin your application no later than February 1 for the July Exam (which has a May 1st deadline), and no later than October 1 for the February exam (which has a December 1st deadline). If you need your application notarized, the following individuals in the law school are notaries:

Extensive personal histories and official records need to be compiled in order to complete the application; this information can take weeks to months to gather.  Please also refer to the character & fitness page for more information about required disclosures and available assistance.

Admission in Other States

Each state maintains its own rules and regulations regarding the licensing of attorneys and has its own bar examination. The ABA provides a Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements, which contains a synopsis of each state’s bar admission requirements and relevant dates. BarExam.info is another free website that lists bar exam information for all U.S. jurisdictions, including deadlines, subjects tested, the format of the exam, and more. However, you should always refer to the state’s office of attorney admissions website as the information can change at any time. 

Please email lawreg@colorado.edu if you need specific paperwork filled out, your application forwarded, or a transcript sent to a state other than Colorado.  Please include in your email any relevant due dates for these materials. Again, we will certify your graduation only after grades are final and you have completed all graduation requirements.

Additional Information

Informational Programs

As part of its Skills Series, our CDO offers two bar-related informational programs: 

  • Meeting the Character & Fitness Requirements for Colorado Bar Admission
  • The Nuts & Bolts of the Bar

These programs are intended to teach students:

  • How and when to apply to the bar
  • What is included in every application
  • What information needs to be gathered in advance
  • Eligibility requirements for bar admission

We are also available to meet individually with students who have confidential questions pertaining to their admission.

 

Bar Exam Review Courses

All students should take a bar exam review course prior to sitting for the exam. 

While the law school does not endorse any course in particular, below are a few full bar review courses that students have taken in the past. 

Choosing the right review course is an important decision. Make sure you are comfortable with the course materials and format. For example, if you learn best by attending class, make sure your review course offers live lectures. Visit the course websites or talk with others who have taken that course in the past to find out what's right for you.

Financial Aid and the Bar

Students may work with a Financial Aid Counselor to include the cost of the Bar Exam in their cost of attendance and to increase their federal student loans to cover the actual cost. Students will need to provide documentation showing payment for the exam during the last semester they are enrolled in law school.

Private bar loans are another option to assist in covering bar exam related expenses, but should be considered carefully as they must be repaid according to the terms set by the relevant lender and do not qualify for consolidation or any student loan repayment programs.