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

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

General Questions

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1. How can I get a replacement wall certificate?
Fill out an affidavit saying why you need a new wall certificate. Mail it to the Board office, along with a $25.00 check and the old certificate (if available). If the wall certificate is not available, include why it is not available in your affidavit. If you have a name change, send a copy of your marriage certificate or court order with your request.
2. Can I get a copy of my application and the application attachments that I sent in?
Yes, If you want a copy of the application and attachments you filed or uploaded during the course of the application process, you must send a written request along with a $30.00 check or money order. Your request must include your name as it appears on the application and the address to mail it back to (personal, business, or another jurisdiction).
3. How do I report an address or name change after I'm admitted?
Once admitted, lawyers submit name or address changes to the Lawyer Registration Office.
4. What is the Minnesota State Bar Association?
The Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) is a voluntary professional organization that gives lawyers valuable opportunities for continuing legal education, pro bono service, and professional development. All new lawyers get 1 free year of membership in the MSBA. After the first year lawyers must pay a fee to keep MSBA membership.
5. How do I request a Certificate of Good Standing?
Visit the Lawyer Registration Office website to request a Certificate of Good Standing. There is a $25 fee.
6. Can I find out if someone (other than myself) passed the bar exam?
All bar exam-related information is confidential. Once admitted, the names of Minnesota licensed lawyers are published on the Lawyer Registration website.
7. Once admitted to the Minnesota bar, what are the requirements to stay in good standing?
1. Pay an annual license fee to the Lawyer Registration Office
2. Comply with Continuing Legal Education (CLE) requirements.
3. Comply with the Rules of Professional Conduct
8. How do I get admitted in the Federal Court?
Contact the Federal Clerk of Courts at (651) 848-1100.
9. How many lawyers are in Minnesota?
See the Lawyer Registration Office annual reports.
10. How can I find out information about a lawyer?
Search the Lawyer Registration Database Search or search for public discipline records on the Minnesota Lawyer Public Decision Search.
11. How do I file a complaint against a lawyer?
12. What MPRE score is required by Minnesota?
85 or higher. If you do not know what your score is, call our office to ask. We cannot tell you what your score is, but we will tell you if you qualify for Minnesota standards.
13. If I was admitted in another jurisdiction without taking the MPRE, can I be admitted in Minnesota without taking the MPRE?
No. Everyone who applies for admission to the Minnesota Bar must take the MPRE and receive a scaled score of 85 or higher.
14. Does the MPRE expire?
No, your MPRE score remains a valid score and does not expire.
15. Who do I make my check out to?
Minnesota Board of Law Examiners.
16. I received a law degree from a foreign law school. Can I apply for admission to practice in Minnesota?
Generally, no.  Foreign-educated lawyers are not eligible to apply in Minnesota for admission by examination or by motion based on UBE/MBE score or years of practice.  Rule 4A(3) requires either a J.D. or LL.B. from an a law school that is provisionally or fully approved by the American Bar Association, or a J.D. from a law school located within the United States or its territories, along with additional requirements outlined in the Rules.  The LL.B. is a Bachelor of Law degree that is no longer issued in the United States.  The American Bar Association has not accredited any law schools outside of the United States and its territories.  A full list of accredited schools may be found here.  Foreign lawyers may be eligible to apply for a Foreign Legal Consultant license that permits the lawyer to practice the law of the country in which they are licensed.  See Rule 11 for more information.
17. I see that Rule 4A(3) references an LL.B. from an ABA-approved law school. I have an LL.B. from a foreign law school. Does that count?
No, only LL.B.’s from an ABA-approved law school qualify. See Question 16.
18. What if I have an LL.M. from a U.S. law school in addition to my foreign law degree?
An LL.M. is not sufficient to satisfy the requirements under Rule 4A(3).

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