Washington State Bar Reciprocity

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Washington bar reciprocity relies upon APR(3)(c). This regulation, known as Admission on Motion, indicates how attorneys that are licensed in other states can be licensed in the state of Washington. To be admitted to practice in Washington attorneys in other states must:

  • Have admitted via bar exam in another jurisdiction allowing similar admission standards to that of Washington (such as through the UBE)
  • Or have engaged in active legal practice in any of the states or territories of the United States for a minimum of 5 years our of 7 years.

Washington Bar Reciprocity: Admission on Motion

Attorneys must be admitted in another jurisdiction, known as the admission on motion process, before they can be considered a licensed Washington attorney. Washington Bar Reciprocity admission is based upon the receipt of a complete bar application. Washington also has a unique reciprocity with its close neighbors Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Utah. Any attorney licensed in one of these states, receives a reduced duration requirement for admittance as long as they are in active practice.

Reciprocal Jurisdictions

Washington has a list in which it has reciprocity with certain states. The list is below as follows but can change at any time. We recommend you check out their list on their site just in case! You can get to it here.

Alaska & Arizona New Jersey
Colorado New Mexico
District of Columbia Georgia New York
Idaho North Carolina
Illinois North Dakota
Indiana Ohio
Iowa Oklahoma
Kansas Oregon
Kentucky Pennsylvania
Maine South Dakota
Massachusetts Tennessee
Michigan Texas
Minnesota Utah
Mississippi  Vermont
Missouri  Virginia
Montana Wisconsin
Nebraska Wyoming
New Hampshire

Additional Washington Reciprocity Requirements

  • Law Degree from a ABA law school
  • Good standing in all other jurisdictions where admitted before bar exam
  • No failure of the bar exam within 5 years of a previous application for admission
  • Passage of the MPRE (85 or more)
  • Active practice of law in at least one state for 5 of 7 years (active license and at least 1,000 hours per year in law practice and made at least 50% of their income not from an investment from the practice.)
    • In-house counsels (can not be used for duration requirement)
    • Legal Professors
    • Judicial Law Clerks
    • Judges
    • JAG Attorneys

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