Court Admin/AOC /
Certification & Licensing
The Attorney Admissions unit is continuing to investigate applicants who have submitted Character Reports but whose admission is not yet approved. If additional information is needed during investigation, we will contact the pending applicant. Applicants may be approved by the Committee on Character and Fitness at any time, and will be notified when approved. The Supreme Court allows applicants who have been approved to be sworn and admitted at any time, either by mail or in person. Applicants who are approved receive detailed information regarding admission methods and options.
The Arizona Supreme Court has adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). Applicants passing a UBE are allowed to transfer a passing score earned in Arizona to other UBE jurisdictions without testing, subject to the rules of that state. UBE rules vary from state to state; please contact specific jurisdictions if you wish to seek admission based on UBE. Additional information about the Uniform Bar Examination, including a list of UBE jurisdictions, may be found at www.ncbex.org.
There are three paths for admission to the practice of law in the state of Arizona.
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The Admissions Unit of the Certification and Licensing Division oversees the requirements to practice law in Arizona. The staff supports two Supreme Court committees, the Committee on Examinations and Committee on Character and Fitness. The Supreme Court acts on the basis of recommendations that it receives from these two committees. Applicants are admitted to practice law in Arizona by order of the Supreme Court of Arizona. Rules for admission of applicants are set forth in Rules 33 through 38 of the Supreme Court of Arizona.
All candidates, whether by exam or admission on motion, must pass a detailed background investigation. No individual shall practice law in Arizona without having complied with Supreme Court Rules. Final authority for recommendation of admission to the practice of law rests with the Committee on Character and Fitness. Candidates for admission by examination must complete all test requirements in Arizona. No portion of the bar examination may be waived for exam applicants regardless of admission elsewhere or previously earned Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) score. A separate Character Report is required of examination applicants, and may be submitted concurrent with or after application for examination.
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