Bar Requirements

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

The state in which you intend to practice may require that you register with the state bar examining authority prior to or shortly after commencing your law studies. California requires that students intending to practice in California register with the State Bar of California within 90 days of the commencement of their law studies. Registration forms for California are available online at

Thomas Jefferson School of Law admissions policies and practices are consistent with the ABA Standards for Approved Law Schools. We consider the character, fitness and other qualifications in our admissions decision. Each candidate should be mindful of these considerations, as they might impact admission to the state bar in the jurisdiction which you plan to practice. We encourage each applicant to consult with the state bar for additional bar admissions information.

A state bar may impose a variety of requirements on those seeking admission to practice, including moral fitness qualifications. Students intending to practice in states other than California should contact the bar examining authority in those states to determine whether a similar requirement applies to them.