Applicants seeking to be admitted as attorneys in New York without taking the bar exam, must comply with Rule 520.10 of Rules of the Court of Appeals for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law.
Reciprocity Requirements Overview
In order to be eligible for admission on motion in New York, you must:
- Hold a Juris Doctor degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).
- Have practiced law for five of the seven years prior to your application.
- Be admitted to practice law in a reciprocal jurisdiction.
- Be at least 27 years old.
- Have a certificate of good standing from each territory you’ve been admitted to practice law in.
- Pass any test of character and fitness deemed necessary by the Appellate Division.
- Comply with all requirements set forth in Rule 520.10 and pay the necessary fees.
Reciprocal Jurisdictions: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
*See Rule 520.10 for more information.