Minnesota Bar Reciprocity

Minnesota bar reciprocity relies upon Rule 7. This regulation, known as Admission on Motion, indicates how attorneys that are licensed in other states can be licensed in the state of Minnesota. To be admitted to practice in Minnesota attorneys in other states must:

  • Have admitted via bar exam in another jurisdiction allowing similar admission standards to that of Minnesota (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 out of 7 years.
  • First, attorneys may be eligible if they have achieved a scaled score of 145 or greater on the MBE in the past two years.
  • Minnesota bar reciprocity allows applicants to be admitted through a UBE score of 260 or greater.
  • The state must have evidence of an applicants MBE passage score within  24 months.
  • Attorneys from all states may be admitted on motion.

Additional Minnesota Bar 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 star 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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