Admission to the Rhode Island Bar
The Rhode Island Bar Examination is administered 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 Article II of the Rhode Island Supreme Court Rules and 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
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 application process and the examination should be directed to the Bar Admissions staff at
BAR APPLICANTS: PLEASE REFER TO ORDER DATED SEPTEMBER 7, 2018.
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The Rhode Island Judiciary has launched its electronic bar application filing process. Filing electronically is now mandatory.
The process consists primarily of three (3) steps:
1. Applicants must first complete the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) Character Report Application;
2. Applicants must arrange for their official UBE Score Transcript and/or official MPRE Score Report, if applicable, to be forwarded to the Clerk prior to submittal of the Petition for Admission to the Rhode Island bar; and
3. Applicants must then submit the Petition for Admission to the Rhode Island Bar available electronically on the Rhode Island Supreme Court Attorney Portal (RISCAP).
Detailed instructions on how to file Petitions for Admission to the Rhode Island Bar are available here:
Instructions on How to Apply for Admission to the Rhode Island Bar.
test accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or
administrative nonstandard testing accommodations must complete and electronically file the applicable forms by the Rule 1 application deadline.
Applicants who are eligible to reapply for a bar examination pursuant to Board Rule 2(f) must file a Petition to Reapply for Admission to the Rhode Island Bar electronically on RISCAP.
More detailed instructions on how to file a Petition to Reapply for Admission to the Rhode Island Bar are available here:
Instructions on How to File a Petition to Reapply for Admission to the Rhode Island bar.
Please note that the process for requesting accommodations as part of a Petition to Reapply varies. Please refer to the forms for instructions.
Applicants who have previously applied for admission to the Rhode Island Bar but whose application files were closed must file a Renewed Petition for Admission. Contact the Bar Administrator for instructions on how to file Renewed Petitions for Admission.
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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.