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.
You must meet the following minimum requirements to apply under Rule 7A:
- Held a law license in active status from another US state or jurisdiction
- Provide evidence of having engaged in the lawful practice of law for at least 1000 hours per year in at least 36 of the 60 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.
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.
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