Applicants seeking admission to the bar in North Carolina without taking the bar exam, must comply with Rule .0502 – Requirements for Comity Applicants.
Reciprocity/Comity Requirements Overview
In order to be eligible for admission by motion/comity in North Carolina, you must:
- Have practiced law for four of the six years prior to your application.
- Have four people complete the Certificate of Moral Character Form and mail it to the Board.
- Submit multiple documents to the Board (a recent photo, two sets of clear fingerprints, official college and law school transcripts, a certificate of good standing, a certificate of admission to the bar in other state, a copy of all applications for admission to practice law in any U.S. jurisdiction, a court certificate, etc.).
- Pay a fee of $2,000 to the Board.
- Have practiced law in an approved, reciprocal jurisdiction.
- Be of good moral character in accordance with standards set forth in Rule .0600.
- Have a law degree from a law school approved by the Council of The North Carolina State Bar. (see Rule .0702)
- Not have failed the North Carolina bar examination in the five years prior to submitting your application.
- Have passed the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination.
Reciprocal Jurisdictions: Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
*For more information, refer to Rule .0502.