In order to work as a lawyer, you must apply for admission to practice law in the state where you plan to work. This typically needs to be done during your last semester, but some jurisdictions have earlier deadlines. Each state's highest court sets the requirements for admission to practice law, including the application deadline. We encourage you to start planning now for the application process and the bar exam.
Admission to Practice Law in Colorado
For the most complete and up-to-date information about the admission requirements, visit the Colorado Supreme Court website. 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. The below checklist is provided for your convenience only.
To obtain a license to practice law in Colorado, you must:
- Complete your graduation requirements.
- 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).
- Submit a complete application for admission to the Colorado Office of Attorney Admissions. We recommend you begin your application no later than October 1 for the February 2015 exam (which has a December 1st deadline), and no later than January 1 for the July 2015 exam (which has an April 1st deadline). (Please note that after 2015, the deadline for the February exam will change to November 1st.) 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. A few notes on the application process:
- 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 this 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- If you need your application notarized, several Law School staff members are notaries.
- You will need fingerprints taken within 30 days prior to submitting your application. Click here for more information.
- You will need to request a certified copy of your driving record (possibly from more than one state).
- 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.
Admission to Practice Law 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. We encourage you to look into these requirements and dates as soon as possible during your third year, as some of the requirements can take some time to complete (e.g., pro bono hours).
Please email email@example.com 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.