Missouri Bar Reciprocity

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Missouri bar reciprocity relies upon rules 8.10 of the Missouri Court Rules. This regulation, known as Admission on Motion, indicates how attorneys that are licensed in other states can be licensed in the state of Missouri. To be admitted to practice in Missouri attorneys in other states must:

  • Have admitted via bar exam in another jurisdiction allowing similar admission standards to that of Missouri (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.

Missouri 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 Missouri attorney. Missouri Bar Reciprocity admission is based upon the receipt of a complete bar application.

Reciprocal Jurisdictions

Missouri has a list in which it has reciprocity with certain states. Currently attorenys licensed in all states except the following can achieve bar reciprocity with Missouri:

  • California
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina

Additional Missouri 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
  • Missouri online legal course
  • 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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