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

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

Application

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1. How much does the bar application cost?
See Rule 12 for a schedule of fees or view this chart. Examinees who want to use a laptop for the exam pay an additional $100 laptop fee. For more questions about fees, visit the Fees Questions page.
2. Does the Board office accept personal checks, money orders, and cashier's checks?
Yes. Checks should be made payable to the Minnesota Board of Law Examiners
3. Does the Board office accept credit cards?
No. At this time, the Board does not have the ability to accept credit cards.
4. I sat for the exam previously. Do I need to provide a new application?
Yes. All repeat applicants must provide a:

  • New registration form (this will require that you create a new username for the Applicant Portal)
  • New application and required supplemental forms
  • New photo ID card
  • New certified driving record (original)

Affidavits of Good Character are valid for two years (four consecutive examinations). You only need to submit new affidavits if the ones previously submitted are older than two years.

5. Can my law school send the Board office my conferral of degree before I have applied?
Yes, your law school can send it before you apply.
6. Does my law school transcript have to be official? If I haven't graduated, do I need to wait to submit?
You may submit an unofficial transcript at the time you apply. If an updated or official transcript is required, additional information will be posted to your Applicant Portal after you apply.
7. Does my application need to be typed?
Yes. If you hand write your application, it will be returned to you.
8. Do externships or clinics need to go on the Employment section of the application?
Yes, you should list any sort of work (paid or unpaid) in the employment section of the application.
9. What if I don’t remember my exact dates of employment for a job?
Estimate as best you can. The month and year is enough.
10. What if my old supervisor isn’t there anymore? Or if the office no longer exists or I don’t remember the address?
Include as much information as you can, and note if you are unable to give complete and the reason. Please do your best to locate the address, including the zip code, as this will prevent delays in the application process.
11. What if I need more space for my employment history?
Use the Other Employment form. Be sure to include additional forms with your application and write your name on each page.
12. What if I was unemployed?
In Section 7.00, you should list the dates of unemployment, check the Status box “Unemployed” and enter the reason for the unemployment in the appropriate text box. For example, “Did not work while full-time student” or “Studying for Bar Examination.”
13. What if I don’t remember my exact dates of residence?
Estimate as best you can. The month and year is enough.
14. What if I need more space for my residence history?
You can use the Other Residence History form. Be sure to include additional forms with your application and write your name on each page.
15. Do I need to list a temporary address (for example, stayed with friends for a few months)?
Yes.
16. How should I write residence history if I lived at home each summer between school years?
List your home address once and note the entire time frame. For example, 2005-2014. Then list your school address and the dates of residency. Do not list the home address multiple times unless you moved out for more than the school year.
17. I know I had speeding tickets (or other non-criminal moving violations), but I cannot find any records of them. Do I need to disclose them?
Yes, you must disclose them. If you cannot find some records, fill out a General Information Form and put as much information as you know about the incidents (estimated date, details of incident, disposition, etc.).
18. If my records were expunged, do I still need to put those on my application?
Yes. You must disclose the incident(s) and attach the expunged records, if available. Please note that many jurisdictions seal rather than destroy expunged records, and the subject of a sealed record is often permitted access to it–the record is simply non-public. If you no longer have copies of the records and cannot obtain them, please provide documentary evidence (e.g. copy of expungement order or policy) or request a letter from the court confirming their unavailability. If no records, documents, or confirmation can be provided, please include the efforts you made to obtain them and the individual(s) with whom you have communicated in doing so.
19. I received a continuance for dismissal. My lawyer told me that I would never need to disclose the charges and that the matter would be like it never existed. Do I need to disclose?
Yes. You must disclose if you were charged. You must disclose if the charges were dismissed, or if you received a continuance for dismissal and the charges went away after a year. You must disclose all and attach relevant records.
20. What if I want to file by the deadline but I’m still waiting on a copy of a police report, court record, or other third party record?
Because there can be a delay in obtaining third party records, the Board office recommends that you request those records as soon as possible. If those records are not received by the deadline for the application you may send in the application without the documents in order to meet the deadline. You  must include the correct Supplemental Form in response to each and every question you answered “yes” and please note on the Supplemental Form the specific documents you have requested, the authority you have requested those documents from, and the date the documents were requested. This will assist the Board office in determining whether you have attempted to provide the required documents and whether there will be a need to request additional documentation. After noting this information, you may upload or mail police, court, and other third party records to the Board office after filing your application. If the third party requests are not tied to a Supplemental Form, you may include a cover letter with the additional information or complete Form 10.
21. When do I need to send in my certified driving record?
Please enclose the original driving record with your application. If you have requested your driving record but have not received it prior to the deadline, please submit the application along with a cover letter and indicate the state from which you have requested the driving record and the date the request was made. When you receive the driving record, you will need to mail the original to the Board office.
22. What are the requirements for the 2 affidavits I need to submit?
The original affidavits must be submitted to the Board office along with your application, except as specified in #24 below. The affidavits must be notarized and from someone who meets these requirements:

  • Not related to you by blood or marriage, or living at the same residence
  • Has known you at least 1 year
  • Not a fellow law student during your enrollment (if you know a law student from another school, it is okay to use them)
  • Not listed as one of your references (we may be contacting your references, so we want the name of another person who supports your admission)

The statement in the affidavit must meet these requirements:

  • Describe how long and the circumstances under which the person signing the affidavit has known you
  • Describe what the person signing the affidavit knows about your character and general reputation
  • Provide any other information about your character and fitness to practice law

See Rule 4B(4) for complete language or see a sample affidavit.

23. Do my affidavits need to be completed by another lawyer?
No.
24. Can one of my law professors complete an affidavit?
Yes.
25. Is there a specific format the affidavit needs to be in?
No, though typically they are in letter format. See a sample affidavit.
26. Do the affidavits need to be sent in with my application, or can the person who filled it out send it to the Board office directly?
The original affidavits should be submitted along with your application. If you are not able to submit the affidavits at the time of the application because you are waiting for the affidavit from your affiant, please include a cover letter advising the name of the affiant and the date you requested the affidavit. When you receive the affidavit, please send the original to the Board office.
27. If a judge is completing one of my affidavits, can he/she notarize it?
A judge may either have the affidavit notarized, or another judge may attest to the judge’s signature. See Minn. Stat. 358.43(a)(2).
28. What if I’m admitted in another jurisdiction, but I don’t have any attorney references?
Complete Section 9.00 for each jurisdiction in which you have been admitted for more than 6 months. If you are admitted in another jurisdiction but have practiced for less than 6 months, you may request a waiver of Section 9.00 by including your request in a cover letter with your application.
29. I previously practiced in another jurisdiction and the lawyers I practiced with have moved out of that state or are retired. Can I list them as references in Section 9.00?
Yes. The individuals listed in Section 9.00 should have knowledge of your practice during the time you practiced in that state. As long as you have current contact information for the individuals, you may include the lawyer in this section.
30. How do I report changes to my application once I have sent it in?
Any change or addition to your application must be made in writing and sent in via your Applicant Portal or by mail or fax.
31. What if my application is not complete when submitted?
Submitting an incomplete application can cause delay in processing, so applicants should make every effort to submit everything required at the time of application.

We are unable to process your application without the following and failure to include these items at the time of application may result in your application being returned to you:

  • Registration Form
  • Typed Application with all required Supplemental Forms
  • Fee
  • Photo and signed photo ID card (Rule 6 applicants only)

If you are missing something or additional information is required, a request will be posted to your Applicant Portal. We are not able to begin the Character and Fitness investigation without a properly completed Authorization and Release (page 14 of the Application). Failure to provide this with your application will delay the processing of your application.

32. I’ve left a voice mail for my processor but I haven’t heard back. What should I do?
Each application processor is helping many applicants. The quickest way to get a response is to post a question on your Applicant Portal. Your processor should respond by the end of the next business day. When appropriate, the processor may respond via Applicant Portal instead of returning your call.
33. Is there anything I can do to speed the application process up once my application has been submitted?
Check your applicant portal frequently and respond in a timely matter.

Ensure that you carefully read and make diligent efforts to comply with any records requests. For example, a request for court and police records will typically require contacting two separate offices, and a docket printout or register of actions will not satisfy a request for copies of filed documents such as complaints or orders. Obtain verifying documentation from the records holder if records are unavailable as this is requested by the Board office.

Contact your references and recent employers listed in your application and let them know that they may receive a character questionnaire from our office in the mail. Non-responsive references often delay the application process.

34. Can I get a copy of my original application and it's attachments that I sent in?
Yes. You may request a copy of your original application and it’s attachments if you applied within the last 10 years.  You must send a written request, along with a $30.00 check made payable to the Minnesota Board of Law Examiners or money order.  Your request must include your name as it appears on the application and the address where you would like for us to send the application (personal, business, or another jurisdiction).
35. When are testing accommodations requests due and how do I apply?
Requests for testing accommodations are due at the same time as your application. Read through the Instructions for Requesting Test Accommodations portion of the website for details.

 

 

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