Arizona Judicial Branch

Admission on Motion

The Arizona Supreme Court allows admission on motion, allowing eligible candidates to bypass the examination and substitute years of successful, ethical active practice as evidence they meet educational criteria.  Candidates must meet specific requirements including, but are not limited to: 

  • You hold J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school
  • You have actively practiced law for three of the prior five years
  • You were admitted by bar examination either in a reciprocal jurisdiction and/or another jurisdiction (If admission by bar examination is in a non-reciprocal jurisdiction, then “active practice” must have occurred  in reciprocal jurisdictions) 
  • You possess current moral fitness
  • You have earned (or will earn) a minimum score of 85 on the MPRE during your lifetime 

Active practice may occur wholly or partially in a non-reciprocal jurisdiction after admission in reciprocal jurisdiction; there is no requirement that active practice must have occurred in reciprocal jurisdiction.   Applicants for admission on motion (AOM) must submit an online application with payment.  The AOM application includes all certification and character investigation questions; DO NOT submit a separate Character Report.


More information on Admission on Motion:

IMPORTANT NOTE: This online application requires use of Internet Explorer. Any other browser is not supported.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Online application links saved to your computer will not be updated when system maintenance occurs. Whenever portal maintenance is performed you will need to access your online application from a fresh link, not a saved one.

Rules for Admission on Motion - New Rules effective January 1, 2016

Checklist - helpful hints to begin your application for admission by motion (PDF)

List of reciprocal and non-reciprocal jurisdictions(PDF)

Begin an application for admission by motion

Within the next few weeks, a new online Attorney Admissions application system will be released, and the current online application site will no longer be functional. You are strongly encouraged to finalize your application as soon as possible. If you have not completed or paid for the application, please plan to do so or wait to resume the application process when the new system has been deployed. If you have started an application, you may elect to wait to apply using the new system. You are strongly encouraged to verify that you have copies of all documents you may have uploaded to your application on your computer, in the event you need to reload documents prior to final submission. If you have completed, submitted and paid for your application, no action is needed at this time and we expect to have all your application information converted into the new system. Refer to this Attorney Admissions webpage for updates over the next several weeks. 

Thank you, 
Attorney Admissions

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