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Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Lawyers must be admitted to the bar of the state in which they plan to practice, which requires graduation from an approved law school and passing a written examination. Lawyers that pass the bar in one state may practice in another state without taking the written exam if there is a reciprocity agreement between the two states. Whatever the requirements, lawyers must meet state standards of good character and legal experience and pay the applicable fees. Federal courts and agencies also have specific rules regarding law practice admission and these requirements vary by state. For example, some states require law school graduates to serve a clerkship at an established law firm to be eligible for the bar exam.

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