Applicants seeking admission to the Alabama State Bar without taking the bar exam, must comply with Rule 3 of Rules Governing Admission to the Alabama State Bar.
Reciprocity Requirements Overview
In order to be eligible for admittance to the Alabama State Bar, without taking the bar examination, you must:
- Be admitted to practice law in another U.S. state or territory.
- Hold a legal degree from an approved list of law schools.
- Have practiced law for five of the six years prior to your application.
- Ensure that the primary state you practiced law in would allow lawyers in Alabama a similar accommodation.
- Be a member in good standing in all of your admitted jurisdictions.
- Not be the subject of any disciplinary actions.
- Have certification from the Committee on Character and Fitness.
- Have not have failed the Alabama bar exam in the last ten years.
- Be a permanent resident of Alabama or certify your intent to have Alabama be your primary location for practicing law.
- Score 75 or higher on the MPRE.
- Comply with requirements set forth in Rule 1 and pay the necessary fees.
If you do not live in any of the reciprocal jurisdictions, you’ll need to complete a Certificate of Jurisdictional Reciprocity with your application.
Reciprocal Jurisdictions: Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
*See Rule 3 for more information.