To become an attorney, an applicant must be in good academic standing and have graduated from an accredited law school within the past six years. The requirements vary by state, but in general, an applicant must have graduated from four years of law school, with at least two years in a judge’s chambers program. Other states, such as Vermont and Virginia, offer a hybrid study program, combining two educational methods. In New York, however, the application process takes only one year.
An attorney must also check the rules of the state in which they are physically practicing. For example, large law firms must have admission for their employees. This may not be an issue, but the state bar will want to protect the public in the state. In some cases, attorneys may not affect the public if they are not practicing in the state they are applying to. In these cases, attorneys must obtain a license to practice law in the state where they plan to practice.
In addition to the bar exam, applicants must pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination. This exam is a comprehensive exam that measures a candidate’s competency to practice law. In order to sit for the exam, applicants must be admitted to at least one jurisdiction in the U.S. and have completed at least five years of law school. The test includes 200 multiple-choice questions. If passed, an attorney’s license is valid in that state.