Please familiarize yourself with the requirements for admission to any jurisdictions in which you intend to practice. Each jurisdiction is different and may require you to take steps during law school to be eligible for admission.
More information can be found on the National Conference of Bar Examiners website. In addition, please review the bar admission websites of any jurisdiction in which you may seek to practice in the future.
South Carolina Information
Rule 402 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules (SCACR) contains additional information about the requirements for admission in South Carolina. An application packet may be obtained from the Bar Admissions Office.
Rule 403, SCACR, establishes trial experiences which must be completed before a lawyer may appear alone in any matter pending before a court in South Carolina. The certificate should be submitted to the Bar Admissions Office.
Bridge the Gap
For information about the Bridge the Gap Program, to include an application form for that Program.
Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)
The MPRE is required for admission to the bars in all but three jurisdictions in the United States and its territories. Bar exam candidates must obtain a passing score on the MPRE before being admitted to practice law in South Carolina. For information on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam, please click here.
The MPRE is given in March, August, and November in various locations nationwide. The timing of when a law student takes the MPRE is a personal decision. Most law students, however, take the MPRE in November of their third year. Taking legal ethics is not required before taking the MPRE, but can help with test preparation.
Students should contact the bar admissions offices of the jurisdictions in which they plan to take the bar exam for the most current information concerning passing scores, rules, and policies.
For information about the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE), including registration, fees and test dates, please go to the National Conference of Bar Examiners website
The filing period for the July South Carolina Bar Examination is December 1 until January 31. The filing period for the February South Carolina Bar Examination is August 1 until September 30. The application fee varies as shown below:
July Applications Filed Between: February Applications Filed Between: Filing Fee:
December 1 to January 10 August 1 to August 31 $700.00
January 11 to January 31 September 1 to September 30 $1050.00
For additional information on the South Carolina Bar application, or admission to any other jurisdiction, please contact the School of Law Bar Admissions Counselor, Dean Brett Barker, at 843. 377.2149.