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Bar Examination Requirements

Each state has rules governing admission to the bar. The Illinois State Board of Law Examiners encourages students to register with the Board by March 1 of the first year of law school. You may register after that date, but additional charges apply. Other states may have similar requirements. Admission to Chicago-Kent is independent of, and does not guarantee, admission to any state bar. Students seeking to engage in the practice of law are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the rules of the state in which they intend to seek admission, especially those rules relating to registration, deadlines, residency requirements, character and fitness, and courses which may be required during law school.

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.