Rules Governing Admission
The Rules Governing Admission to the Alabama State Bar were amended by Order of the Supreme Court of Alabama on October 5, 2018. A complete set of the Rules, including the recent amendments, is below. A Specific questions on the Rules should be directed to the Admissions Office at 334-269-1515.
Major substantive changes in the October 5, 2018 amendments are as follows:
- Removal of resident and non-resident distinction among applicants.
- Applicants who graduated from a law school not on the approved list of the ABA must show that their undergraduate degree was earned from an institution accredited by an agency that is recongnized by the U.S. Department of Education, or which meets the same standards for approval by such agency.
- Applicants may be certified to sit for the bar exam without final character and fitness approval. Hearings before the Committee on Character & Fitness will be held within 60 days after the release of bar exam results. An applicant who does not pass the bar exam, and is therefore ineligible for admission, will not be scheduled for a hearing before the Committee on Character & Fitness.
- For all applicants, MPRE scores are valid for 25 months from when the MPRE score was earned. Previously, UBE score transfer applicants could not have earned an MPRE score prior to 12 months before the UBE score was earned.
- UBE Score Transfer application fee increased from $575.00 to $875.00 (effective November 1, 2018).