Admission to the Rhode Island Bar
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 September 1st; the deadline for the July examination is February 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
To qualify for attorney admission pursuant to Article II, Rule 2(a), the out-of-state attorney must have been engaged in the full-time active practice of law or full-time teaching of law at a law school accredited by the American Bar Association for at least five (5) of the last ten (10) years immediately preceding the filing of the application for admission to the Rhode Island bar. Out-of-state attorneys taking the bar examination pursuant to Article II, Rule 2(a)(1-4) are required to take only the local essay, Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) portions of the examination; the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) is not required. The raw scores of these applicants will be scaled to the MPT and essay scores of the applicants taking both parts of the bar examination, and a scaled score of 138 is required to pass.
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 of 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.
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.