Admission to the Rhode Island Bar

Admission on Examination (Article II, Rule 1)

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.

Applicants are directed to the Board of Bar Examiners Rules of Practice Governing Admission on Examination for information on the bar application process. The Rules of Practice are available here.

All applicants are permitted to use a laptop for the essay portions of the examination (Tuesday) 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 onsite during the essay portions of the exam to assist laptop users. The use a laptop is highly recommended for applicants whose handwriting is illegible. 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


The Rhode Island Judiciary is currently developing an electronic bar application starting with the July 2017 Rhode Island Bar Examination. Updated information about that new electronic application process will be available here soon.

Questions about this new process should be directed to the Bar Administrator at

Amendment Form for Bar Application must be submitted for any changes or additions to the information in the Petition/Questionnaire previously submitted including contact information.

MBE Score Transfer Release Form. Must be submitted along with transfer fee in order to have a MBE score transferred to another jurisdiction.

Click here to view frequently asked questions.

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.