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UTAH STATE BAR Bar Operations & Admissions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


The following questions are frequently asked about Utah Bar Admissions. Each of the below questions is linked to the corresponding answer.

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APPLICATION QUESTIONS


- How long will it take to process my application?
- What documents must be uploaded for an application to be considered complete?
- What documents may not be uploaded by the applicant?
- I will not graduate from law school until after the application filing deadline. Can I still file a complete application?
- Where should I send my reference packet?
- The FBI’s website says I should not request an Identity History Summary for employment or licensing purposes. What should I do?
- I have a copy of my MPRE. May I upload that as proof that I have passed with a score of 86 or above?
- The NCBE only has records of MPRE scores going back to 1999. What should I do if I sat for that exam before 1999?

ADMISSION BY MOTION QUESTIONS


- I am an attorney licensed in another state that does not have reciprocity with Utah. May I be admitted by Motion?
- I am an attorney licensed in another state that does not have reciprocity with Utah. If I am admitted to a state, territory, or the District of Columbia that does have reciprocity with Utah, may I come in by Motion?
- Which jurisdictions are reciprocal with Utah?
- How do I prove that I have worked full time for 60 months out of the last 84 months?

BAR EXAM QUESTIONS


- Is there a shorter “Attorney Examination” given to those who have been practicing law for a certain number of years?

APPLICATION QUESTIONS


How long will it take to process my application? Under the Rules promulgated by the Supreme Court of Utah, the application process takes up to 6 months. Please do not contact Admissions for an update on your application status. Submitting an incomplete application will significantly delay the processing time. Be sure to review your application carefully and to upload all required documents.
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What documents must be uploaded for an application to be considered complete?

The list of documents that you are required to upload depends partially on what type of applicant you are and your personal history. The following is a list of documents that are required of all applicants. 

1. Signed Authorization and Release.

2. Signed Applicant Verification and Acknowledgement.

3. Proof of citizenship (passport, birth certificate, or naturalization certificate). Please note that a Social Security Card is not sufficient proof.

4. Driving record for the past 3 years.

5. FBI Background check.

Attorneys only: Certificate of Good Standing and disciplinary history (or its equivalent) from every jurisdiction where you are admitted. This includes the USTPO and the United States Tax Court. 

Other common documents that you may need to provide (list is not exhaustive):

  • DD-24(s) and/or OER(s) or NCOER(s.)
  • Bankruptcy documentation.
  • Bar complaint documentation including the complaint and the final resolution.
  • Child/spousal support documentation with proof that payment obligations are up to date.
  • Civil court case documentation including pleadings, motions, and final dispositions.
  • Criminal court case documentation including final disposition, and police reports.
  • Current copy of business or professional license.
  • Divorce documents including Stipulated Agreement or Decree of Divorce .
  • Documentation related to contempt actions.
  • Documentation related to discipline or an investigation conducted by the LSAC, a college, or a law school.
  • Documentation related to failure to comply with court order(s) including a warrant.
  • Documentation relevant to action taken against a professional license.
  • Military documentation including current status or discharge papers showing type of discharge.
  • Tax lien documentation including proof that lien has been lifted or is being addressed.
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What documents may not be uploaded by the applicant?

The following documents must be sent directly from the entity providing the information and may not be uploaded by the applicant: 

1. Certificate of Law School Graduation. Please contact your law school and request that this be sent to: colsg@utahbar.org.

2. MPRE score: contact the NCBE and request that your score be sent to the Utah State Bar.

3. UBE score (only for UBE transfer applications): contact the NCBE and request that your score be sent to the Utah State Bar.

4. References. The people providing your reference may either email the signed reference to references@utahbar.org, or they may send it to you by mail in a signed and sealed envelope. Please send all hard copies together in bulk. You may also drop off your references at the Utah Bar. Please contact the front desk to arrange delivery.

 

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I will not graduate from law school until after the application filing deadline. Can I still file a complete application?

Yes. Under Rule 14-707(b)(1), if you have not yet graduated you can still file your application before the deadline. You will need to follow up with your law school to ensure the Certificate of Law School Graduation is received by the Bar at least 30 days before the date of the Bar exam.

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Where should I send my reference packet?

Due to COVID-19, the person providing your reference may email it directly to references@utahbar.org. Please note that you may have both emailed and hard copy references. If you plan to drop off your references, please contact the front desk to arrange for delivery.

The correct mailing address for hard copies is:

Utah State Bar Admissions
645 South 200 East
Salt Lake City UT 84111

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The FBI’s website says I should not request an Identity History Summary for employment or licensing purposes. What should I do?

Go ahead and make the request. You are not technically requesting the background check for licensing purposes. Instead, you are requesting it for “Personal Review” and then sharing the results with the Bar.

https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks 

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I have a copy of my MPRE. May I upload that as proof that I have passed with a score of 86 or above? No. If you took the MPRE in 1999 or after, then you must contact the NCBE and request that your MPRE score be sent directly to Admissions.   Back to TOP

The NCBE only has records of MPRE scores going back to 1999. What should I do if I sat for that exam before 1999?

You will need to search your own records for a copy of the score report and/or contact other jurisdictions to which you have applied to see if they have a record of the score. If they do, they should provide a letter verifying the MPRE score they have on record. If you are unable to find and provide evidence that you have received a score of 86 or above on the MPRE, you will need to retake the exam.

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ADMISSION BY MOTION QUESTIONS


I am an attorney licensed in another state that does not have reciprocity with Utah. May I be admitted by Motion?

Unfortunately, no. If your state does not allow attorneys barred in Utah to be admitted by Motion, then Utah will not allow you to be admitted by Motion regardless of how long you have practiced.

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I am an attorney licensed in another state that does not have reciprocity with Utah. If I am admitted to a state, territory, or the District of Columbia that does have reciprocity with Utah, may I come in by Motion? The qualifications for Admission by Motion (Reciprocity) are found in Rule 14-705. You must be actively working full time for the prescribed time in that specific state, territory, or the District of Columbia that has reciprocity with Utah.  Back to TOP

Which jurisdictions are reciprocal with Utah?

Click here for a list of reciprocal jurisdictions.

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How do I prove that I have worked full time for 60 months out of the last 84 months?

Your current and previous employers will be asked to verify that you worked full time during the period specified in Rule 17-705. Please be sure to include employer email addresses in your application.

If you were a solo practitioner, you will need to provide proof showing that you worked full time during the specified period. This might include tax returns, billing hours, or other documentation that support your employment history. Remember that it is your responsibility to prove by clear and convincing evidence that you meet every requirement of Rule 14-705.

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BAR EXAM QUESTIONS


Is there a shorter “Attorney Examination” given to those who have been practicing law for a certain number of years?

No, Utah does not have an “Attorney Examination.” All exam applicants take the same test.

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