Eligibility for the D.C. Bar is much stricter than New York for all foreign-educated law graduates.
- Foreign-educated law graduates must take 26 credits of subjects tested on the bar exam at an ABA accredited law school. Rule 46 (b)(4). See list below.
- You cannot immediately waive into the D.C. Bar after passing the New York bar exam. To waive into D.C., a foreign lawyer must be a member “in good standing” of another U.S. bar for the 5 years immediately preceding your application.
- The D.C. Bar offers a “special legal consultant” status for a foreign-educated lawyer who has been admitted to practice in another country and is at least 26 years of age. Rule 46 (c)(4).
- See D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 46 Admission to the Bar: http://www.dccourts.gov/internet/documents/DCCA_Rules-1-01-11.pdf
Subjects that may* be tested on the D.C. bar exam:
- Administration of Estates
- Administrative Law
- Business Associations
- Civil and Criminal Procedure
- Conflicts of Law
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law
- Family Law
- Legal Ethics
- Real and Personal Property
- Tax Law
- Uniform Commercial Code
*In its discretion the Committee on Admissions may change the subjects.