Reciprocity Based On Practice
An applicant for admission to the North Dakota Bar must be 18 years of age and have received a Juris Doctor or equivalent degree from a law school approved, or provisionally approved, for accreditation by the American Bar Association.
Individuals may be eligible to apply for admission based on five years' membership in the bar of another jurisdiction and engagement in an activity demonstrating competency in the practice of law for four of the last five years.
The Board of Law Examiners uses the services of the National Conference of Bar Examiners to assist in conducting an applicant's character and fitness investigation. The Application form is completed online at the NCBE website; however, all materials are required to be mailed to the State Board of Law Examiners. Please carefully follow the instructions and checklist below.
- Application based on practice - Instructions/Fees/Checklist
- Motion Petition
- State Board of Law Examiners' Release Form
- Rule 7(A), Admission to Practice Rules
- CLE Requirements
State Board of Law Examiners
Judicial Wing, 1st Floor
600 E. Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58505-0530