Applicants seeking admission to the New Jersey State Bar without taking the bar exam, must comply with Rule 1:24-1, 1:24-4 and 1:27-1 to qualify,
Reciprocity Requirements Overview
In order to be eligible for admittance to the New Jersey State Bar, without taking the bar examination, you must:
- Be admitted to practice law in another U.S. state or territory.
- Hold a legal degree from an approved list of law schools.
- Have practiced law for five of the seven years prior to your application.
- Ensure that the primary state you practiced law in would allow lawyers in New Jersey a similar accommodation.
- Have certification from the Committee on Character and Fitness.
- Must have a passing score on the MPRE.
- Must complete a course on New Jersey professionalism and ethics.
Reciprocal Jurisdictions: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, US Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming.