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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements:

Qualifications for Admittance:

The rules of the Nevada Supreme Court regarding admission to practice law require that all applicants must have the following qualifications according to Rule 51:

  1. Have attained the age of majority.
  2. Be present or available within the State of Nevada, and remain so until examined as required by Rule 65, so as to permit and facilitate the examination, investigations, interviews and hearings necessary to determine the applicant’s morals, character, qualifications and fitness to practice law.
  3. Have received a degree of bachelor of laws, or an equivalent law degree, from a law school approved by the committee on legal education and admissions to the bar of the American Bar Association, and shall present evidence of the same.
  4. Demonstrate that the applicant is of good moral character and is willing and able to abide by the high ethical standards required of attorneys and counselors at law.
  5. Not have been refused admission to practice law in any state or before any court or governmental agency of the United States on the ground of unfitness of character.
  6. Not have been disbarred from the practice of law in any state or before any court or governmental agency of the United States on the ground of unfitness of character.
  7. Not have exhibited any past or present conduct or behavior that could call into question the applicant's ability to practice law in a competent, ethical and/or professional manner or which would render the applicant unfit to practice law.
  8. Not be an abuser of alcohol or prescription drugs, or a user of illegal drugs.
  9. Demonstrate financial responsibility.
  10. Be in full compliance with any court order, including without limitation, spousal or child support orders.
  11. Achieve a passing score on the state bar examination.

Multi-State Professional Responsibility Exam:

Applicants will not be admitted to the State Bar of Nevada until they receive a passing score of 85 or better on the Multi-State Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).

Pursuant to Supreme Court Rules 65.5 and 69, an applicant shall take and pass the MPRE with a scale score of at least 85 no earlier than three years preceding the year in which an applicant passes the Nevada bar examination and no later than three years after the year in which an applicant passes the Nevada bar examination.

The MPRE is administered every April, August and November by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. To register for the MPRE, candidates must create an NCBE Number account through the National Conference of Bar Examiners website and register online.  Applicants may also request score services online.  For more information on registering for the MPRE please contact the NCBE at (215)-504-3886. 

Nevada Supreme Court - 2016 Rulebook for Admissions:

The Nevada Supreme Court - 2016 Rulebook for Admissions is a critical and helpful document for anyone wishing to apply for admission to the State Bar of Nevada. The document includes both rules regulating admission to the practice of law, as well as instructions regarding bar applications.  The rulebook also contains Addendum 1, the Policies and Procedures of the Board of Bar Examiners. 

Reciprocity/Admission by Motion:


The Supreme Court of Nevada does provide limited practice rules including government or in-house counsel, student practice, and legal services. For more information on all special admissions, please view the Nevada Supreme Court - 2016 Rulebook for Admissions.  For additional questions, please contact the Admissions Department at  

Non-ABA Law School Graduates - Functional Equivalency:

Foreign-educated applicants, and other non-ABA law graduates, may seek a functional equivalency certification in order to apply for admission to the State Bar of Nevada.

To request certification, a prospective applicant must petition the committee on functional equivalency in accordance with the provisions of Supreme Court Rule 51.5 and the policies and procedures of the committee.

All information is available in the complete text of Supreme Court Rule 51.5 and Addendum 2.  For additional questions, please contact the Admissions Department at

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