Bar Examination and Bar Admission Information
Please note: This page is intended to be a resource only and is not intended to substitute inquiring with bar jurisdictions directly. It is each applicant’s responsibility to understand and be aware of all requirements for the bar jurisdiction for which they seek admission.
To work as a lawyer, you must be admitted to practice law in the jurisdiction in which you plan to practice law. Each jurisdiction sets forth the requirements for admission and the requirements can vary. Requirements and application deadlines vary from state to state. To get started, the National Conference of Bar Examiners offers the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements.
Obtaining a license to practice law (being admitted to the bar) in a jurisdiction is governed by each jurisdiction’s Board of Law Examiners. Each jurisdiction’s requirements vary, but the process typically involves:
- Satisfactorily and timely applying for, taking, and earning a minimum score required by the jurisdiction on the Bar Exam.
- Completing and satisfying the jurisdiction’s Character & Fitness
- Satisfactorily and timely applying for, taking, and earning a minimum score required by the jurisdiction on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE)
Generally, applicants must have completed all the requirements to receive their JD to sit for the bar exam.
Official University of South Carolina transcripts are processed by the Office of the University Registrar. Applicants are responsible for requesting the transcripts. Many jurisdictions require applicants to submit transcripts for all institutions attended. It is the responsibility of the applicant to request each transcript.
Law School Certification/Dean’s Certification Form
Many jurisdictions require a certification form, which certifies your attendance, academic standing, disciplinary standing, etc. This may be sent directly to the law school by the bar jurisdiction, or you may be asked to submit the form. Forms can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by email or by mail at the below address. Please check with the jurisdiction for the method of delivery to the law school. Some jurisdictions require the original to be mailed.
University of South Carolina School of Law
Office of Law Registrar
1525 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201
The law school has several notaries, as listed below:
Lisa Davis, Clinic Department, room 358
Hailey Floyd, Career & Professional Development, room 126
Vanessa McQuinn, Faculty Support, room 209
Character and Fitness
Each jurisdiction wants to know that applicants possess good character and fitness to practice law. Typically, the Law Registrar’s Office will facilitate the completion of a Character and Fitness form using details in our records, including disciplinary records, application amendments, and incident reports.
Visit the website for the bar jurisdiction or contact the office of bar admissions for the jurisdictions for information about the fingerprints requirement.
MultiState Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE)
The MPRE is a standardized exam based on the rules and standards for the professional conduct of attorneys that is administered nationally in the fall, spring, and summer. It is required for admission to most jurisdictions, though each jurisdiction that requires the MPRE sets its own passing score. If seeking admission to more than one jurisdiction, applicants should be aware of what each jurisdiction requires.
The MPRE is a standardized test, administered nationally in the spring (March/April), the summer (August), and the fall (October/November).
MPRE registration is a multi-step process.
For the most up to date information about admissions requirements and the application process, visit the South Carolina Office of Bar Admissions.
According to the SC Office of Bar Admissions, to obtain a license to practice law in South Carolina, you must:
- Complete all graduation requirements and receive your Juris Doctorate.
- Pass the Multi-State Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) with a score of at least 77
- Pass South Carolina’s Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) with a score of at least 266
- Complete a Course of Study on South Carolina Law
- Meet all Character and Fitness Requirements
- Submit a completed application for admission
- Driving records
The filing periods and filing fees for applicants who wish to take the UBE in South Carolina are shown below:
July Applications Filed:
February Applications Filed:
December 1 to January 10
August 1 to August 31
January 11 to January 31
September 1 to September 30