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Utah Bar Admissions

UTAH STATE BAR Bar Operations & Admissions

Overview of Application and Admission Process


PROCESS. Below is an overview of the application and admission process. This will help you understand where you are in the process at any time and assist in your communications with the Admissions Office. (Numbers 9-11 apply only to examination applicants.)

  1. ACCOUNT REGISTRATION. You create an ILG account by clicking “Register” and filling out the registration form.

  2. PREPARATION. You read the Rules Governing Admission and use the Application Steps and the Application Checklist to begin gathering the information and documentation you will need to successfully complete the application.

  3. APPLICATION REGISTRATION. After logging in to your online account, you select your application type and click “Apply.” A series of questions will seek to confirm your eligibility.

  4. SUBMISSION. You answer the application questions and submit the necessary information. You upload the required documentation and mail the documents that must be sent in hard copy. The application is considered submitted or ‘filed’ on the date you press the ‘Final Submit’ button.

  5. ACCEPTANCE. If and when the application is Complete, it will be accepted and you will receive notification via email. This should occur within 1-2 weeks after Submission; if you do not hear from the Bar after more than one month, please contact the Admissions Office. Once your application is accepted, you are expected to update it as necessary until you are admitted. Any changes should be reported within 10 days of occurrence.

  6. PROCESSING. The Admissions Office will Process the application in the order it was received. Depending on the number of applications, Processing generally begins 1-4 weeks after Acceptance. Processing involves a detailed review of the application and the commencement of the investigation; this takes 4-6 months. The Admissions Office may follow up with you to obtain additional documentation, information, or explanations. During this stage you may receive a “Deficiency Notice” that will list the documents needed to complete your file. At any time during processing the Admissions Office may request the original or a copy of an uploaded document. You must mail this document before the deadline specified in the request or you will be charged a late fee.

  7. REVIEW. The Character and Fitness Committee meets to examine the application and the information obtained through the Bar’s investigation.

  8. CHARACTER AND FITNESS COMMITTEE ACTION. There are several possible actions the Committee might take in regards to an application after Review:
    1. Approval – An approval letter is issued.
    2. Request for Additional Information – You will receive an email detailing the information desired by the Committee; after the Bar receives the requested documentation, your application will be reviewed once again.
    3. Corrective Action Requirement – You will receive notification that the Committee cannot approve the application until you take certain steps.
    4. Interview or Hearing – The Committee may require you to appear in person to answer specific questions and/or to address specific concerns.
    5. Denial – A denial letter or decision is issued detailing the reasons for the denial.

  9. PRE-EXAMINATION. During this period you will receive memoranda with details on the examination. You will also receive information on ExamSoft registration if you have chosen to use your laptop on the written portion. The Admissions Office will continue monitoring and investigating each application. If your character and fitness is called into question at any time, your application may be returned to the Character and Fitness Committee for Review and Committee Action.

  10. EXAMINATION. See this page for general information about the examination.

  11. RESULTS. Results are sent via email and posted to your online account 8-10 weeks after the Examination. Failing Applicants have the opportunity to apply to sit for the next examination. Please note: The Admissions Office will continue monitoring and investigating your application. If your character and fitness is called into question at any time, the application may be returned to the Committee for Review and Committee Action.

  12. LICENSING. A short time before the next motion for admission is scheduled to be submitted to the Court, the Licensing Department will send an email to those eligible for admission. This email will detail the steps you must take in order to be included on the motion.

  13. PLACED ON MOTION. If you complete the necessary steps, your name will be submitted to the Court for final approval on a Motion for Admission. Motions for Admission to the Bar are only presented to the Utah Supreme Court four times a year: February, May, August, and October.

  14. TAKE THE ATTORNEY OATH. You cannot practice law until you take and sign the Attorney Oath. Most Applicants do this at a Licensing Ceremony, but this can be done any time after the Motion for Admission is approved by making arrangements with the Court. If you are not located in Utah, you may arrange to take the oath in your state of residence. You must continue to update your application until you take the Attorney Oath.

 

 

MOST COMMON ERRORS THAT DELAY THE

PROCESSING OF AN APPLICATION:

 

  1. Failing to provide ALL the requested documentation. 
    1. Failing to upload your driving record.
    2. Failing to provide proof of citizenship (passport, birth certificate, or naturalization certificate).
    3. Failing to attach proof of mailing to the FBI Declaration Form.
    4. Failing to upload the results of the FBI Background Check.
    5. Failure to provide a signed Authorization and Release.
    6. Failing to provide all six sealed or emailed references.
    7. Failing to provide military status including discharge (if applicable).
    8. Failing to attach the pleadings for civil actions or evidence that no records are available including tax liens and bankruptcies.  (Note: Sealed records are available to the parties of the case.) 
    9. Failing to provide proof that past debts have been paid.
    10. Failing to attach the police report and court documents for a criminal action or evidence that no records are available.  (Note: Expunged records may still be available to the individual who is the subject of the records.) 
    11. Failing to provide evidence that you are current on child support or spousal support (if applicable). 
    12. Failure to provide divorce documents (if applicable).
    13. Failing to provide a Disciplinary History (or its equivalent) along with a Certificate of Good Standing from every jurisdiction where you are barred (attorneys only). 
    14. Failing to provide all documentation related to bar complaints (attorneys only). 
  2. Failing to give detailed explanations about all financial or credit issues including bankruptcies.
  3. Failing to provide a detailed explanation of circumstances surrounding law school discipline, an employment termination, a criminal act, or a civil action. 
  4. Failure to provide email addresses of current and former employers.
  5. Typographical errors in the dates of your employment or residence history. 
  6. Unexplained gaps of more than four months in your employment history. 
  7. Failing to report defaults on loans. (Note: A default is any failure to keep your agreement with a lender; this includes making a late payment.) 
  8. Failing to contact the NCBE to request your MPRE score (and UBE score if applicable) be sent directly to the Utah Bar.
  9. Failing to contact your law school and request that your Certificate of Law School Graduation be sent directly to the Utah Bar.