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Admission to the Rhode Island Bar

Admission on Examination
Bar Administrator
250 Benefit Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
(401) 222-3272 telephone
(401) 222-3599 facsimile

    The Rhode Island Bar Examination is administered by the Bar Administrator and the Board of Bar Examiners the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July each year. The deadline for the February examination is December 1st; the deadline for the July examination is May 1st. There is no provision for late filing. Starting with the February 2013 bar examination, applicants who graduated from a law school located in a country other than the United States must submit their applications by November 1 for the February exam and April 1 for the July exam.

     Starting with the July 2012 bar examination, all applicants will be permitted to use a laptop for the essay portion of the examination at no additional cost. This service is strictly optional but applicants wishing to use a laptop must register directly with ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc. by the registration deadline. A representative from ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc. will be on-site to assist laptop users. For more information, please visit the ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc. website at

     Questions relating to the Rhode Island Bar Examination should be directed to the Bar Administrator at


    Applicants for admission pursuant to Article II, Rule 1 must submit the following to the Bar Administrator at the above address:

  1. Twenty-three (23) page Petition/Questionnaire for Admission to the Rhode Island Bar.
    Click here to apply for the Rhode Island Bar Examination online. (Coming Soon)
  2. Certificate of Dean/Administrator of Law School
  3. Certified Transcript
  4. Handwriting Sample form.
  5. Two (2) Certificates of Good Moral Character.
  6. Employer Verification Forms from every employer where you worked full or part-time longer than six (6) months since turning twenty-one (21) years of age.
  7. Background checks from all states lived in for six (6) months or more. Click here for a list of criminal records repositories.
  8. Current credit report (responsibility of applicant to submit credit report with the application).
  9. Check in the amount of $600.00 made payable to the Committee on Character and Fitness.
  10. Applicants who graduated from a law school located in a country other than the United States must also submit the following:

    The Dean Certificate, Certificates of Good Moral Character, and the Employment Verification Forms must be forwarded directly to the Committee on Character and Fitness from the individuals who complete the forms.

Click here to view frequently asked questions.

Click here to view information about the upcoming bar examination.

    All applicants are subject to the Rhode Island Bar Examination Regulations and Code of Conduct. Violations may result in the applicant being ejected from the bar examination.

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