Revised D.C. Rules for Bar Admission: The Trend?

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Revised D.C. Rules for Bar Admission: The Trend?

The revisions and the issues raised exemplify what other bars are thinking and doing.

The revised rule adopts the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) and establishes the District of Columbia as a UBE jurisdiction. It also imposes a limit on the number of times an applicant may sit for the bar exam, with the exception of extraordinary circumstances.

However, the proposed amendment permitting law students to take the bar exam during their third year of law school, with certification from the law school, is not adopted at this time. The court has reopened the comment period for this issue. Written comments are due by March 31. Comments must be submitted in 10 copies to the Clerk, D.C. Court of Appeals, 430 E Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. All comments will be made available to the public.

Additionally, the proposal allowing graduates from law schools not accredited by the American Bar Association to fulfill their 26 hours of required study through “classroom” courses will be considered at a later date, at the recommendation of the D.C. Bar’s Global Legal Practice Task Force.

Here is the court order.

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