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Connecticut Bar Examining Committee
Frequently Asked Questions about Admission to the Connecticut bar


Admission without examination
  1. List of Reciprocal Jurisdictions
  2. Application Fee
  3. Review of a candidate’s character and fitness
  4. What happens after I complete my application?
  5. Frequently Asked Questions by New Admittees

 


1. Among other requirements (set out in full in PB §2-13) an applicant must have been lawfully engaged in the practice of law as the applicant’s principal means of livelihood for five out of the last ten years in a reciprocal jurisdiction.
 

 

The reciprocal jurisdictions (subject to change) are:

Alabama
Alaska
Arkansas
Colorado
District of Columbia
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Maine

Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New York
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon

Pennsylvania
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
All other jurisdictions have been determined to be non-reciprocal.
Reciprocity is determined as of the date the applicant files an application for admission.
 
2. The non-refundable fee for admission without examination is $1,800.00 payable by certified check or money order. The application, instructions and related forms are available in PDF format.

3. Completing the application for admission without examination is only one step in the admission process and does not automatically entitle the candidate to practice law in Connecticut. The Committee begins the review of a candidate’s character and fitness immediately upon the filing of the application for admission to the bar.  However, the Committee will usually only conduct a hearing after the candidate’s file is complete. While the Committee attempts to have all eligible candidates admitted soon after completion of each candidate’s application, a candidate whose application presents complex or unresolved issues of character and/or fitness will not be admitted until such issues have been resolved to the Committee’s satisfaction. More information...

4. What happens after I complete my application? Completing your application is only one half of the process leading to admission to the Connecticut bar. All candidates for admission without examination also undergo an intensive character and fitness investigation. Once a candidate has completed his/her application in a timely manner and has cleared the character and fitness investigation, arrangements will be made so that the candidate may be sworn in by the clerk of the Superior Court for the county in which the candidate seeks admission.”

5. Frequently Asked Questions by New Admittees



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