180 East 5th Street, Suite 950
St. Paul, Minnesota 55101

Phone: (651) 297-1857 | Fax: (651) 297-1196
Email: ble.cle.blc@mbcle.state.mn.us

Years of Practice (Rule 7A)

Under Rule 7A, a lawyer licensed in another state or jurisdiction may apply for admission to Minnesota without taking the bar exam.

Requirements

You must meet the following minimum requirements to apply under Rule 7A:

  • Have a law license from another US state or jurisdiction
  • Provide evidence of having engaged, as principal occupation, in the practice of law as defined in Rule 7A in at least 60 of the 84 months immediately preceding the application
  • Have a JD degree from ABA-approved law school, or if a practicing attorney, qualify under the non-ABA degree rule
  • Provide required documents from each jurisdiction where you are licensed to practice law, as required by Rule 4D
  • Be in good standing in each jurisdiction where you are licensed
  • Receive a good character and fitness recommendation from the Minnesota Board of Law Examiners
  • Receive an MPRE scaled score of 85 or higher or submit the score at a later date as per Rule 4E
  • Meet all other Rule 4 General Requirements for Admission.

See Rule 7A and the Policy Statement on Admission without Examination, Eligibility by Practice (Rule 7A) for additional guidance.

Apply

To apply you must:

1. Register using the online Minnesota Bar Application Registration form, and

2. Complete and send in a signed Minnesota Bar Application along with proper fees and any supplemental information required by the application.

Click here to begin the application process.

Some documents require a PDF reader to view properly.