1. Educational requirements - bar examination,
admission without examination and authorized house counsel
qualifications to take the bar examination.
To qualify to take the bar examination you must have a JD from an approved law
school,or foreign legal education approved by the Bar Examining Committee pursuant to Art. II-3 of the CBEC regulations. All ABA-approved law
schools are also approved by the Committee. In addition, the Committee
has approved the Massachusetts School of Law.
Non-approved law degrees or LLM degrees do not qualify. (An
exam applicant who (1) has been admitted in another state, DC, Puerto
Rico or a US District Court for at least 10 years, AND (2) has actually
practiced law in that jurisdiction for five of the last seven years, AND
(3) intends actively to practice law in Connecticut AND (4) intends to
devote the major portion of the applicants working time to the practice
of law in Connecticut may sit for the bar examination without meeting
these educational qualifications.)
for admission without examination.
All applicants for admission without examination must have a JD from an approved
law school, or foreign legal education approved by the Bar Examining Committee pursuant to Art. II-3 of the CBEC regulations. All ABA-approved law
schools are also approved by the Committee. In addition, the Committee
has approved the Massachusetts School of Law. Non-approved law degrees or LLM degrees do not qualify.
How do I satisfy the Professional Responsibility requirement?
A scaled score of 80 is required on
the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).
for the MPRE here.
In lieu of the MPRE, the requirement may be satisfied
with a grade of C or better in a course in professional responsibility
at a law school approved by the Committee. CLE courses and law school
courses with a professional responsibility "component" do not meet the
requirement. The requirement must be fulfilled
before a candidate can be recommended for admission.
requirement must be fulfilled within four years before or one year after
the applicant files for admission.
requirement must be fulfilled within four years of the date the
applicant files for admission. If, for example, an application is filed
on November 1st 2017, a valid course or MPRE score must be no
older than November 1st 2013. But that same candidate would have
until November 1st 2018 to meet the requirement. After that
date the candidate would have to retake the bar examination.
The four year age limit for a valid MPRE score does not apply to applicants for admission without examination who are full-time faculty members or full-time clinical fellows at an accredited Connecticut law school.
3. Transferring an MBE Score
(a) Score Transfers TO Connecticut from Another Jurisdiction
Connecticut will accept MBE scores from other jurisdictions and from prior administrations of the examination, if the applicant was successful on each examination for which the score was originally achieved. Scores are valid for three administrations:
Valid prior scores
7/16, 2/17, 7/17
2/17, 7/17, 2/18
7/17, 2/18, 7/18
2/18, 7/18, 2/19
7/18, 2/19, 7/19
There is no required minimum score. The Committee does not provide any advice regarding whether a particular score should be transferred.
An applicant may also sit for the concurrent MBE in another jurisdiction as a part of a bona fide bar exam in that jurisdiction and take only the Connecticut.
An applicant who elects to transfer an MBE score to Connecticut from a concurrent or prior administration of the exam may do so for purposes of local admission to the Connecticut bar. In order to attain a UBE score, an applicant must sit for the MPT, MEE and MBE in Connecticut during the same administration of the exam.
(b) Score Transfers FROM Connecticut to Another Jurisdiction
The Bar Examining Committee may transfer MBE scores obtained in Connecticut. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the transfer request form (Form 47) and the proper fee are received in the Committee’s office in time to meet the transfer deadline set by the jurisdiction to which the score will be transferred.
4. Can I take the
admission oaths outside of Connecticut?
The court’s rules do
not permit you to be sworn in by anyone other than a judge in
5. Where can I find out if
someone is licensed as an attorney in Connecticut?
Connecticut attorney look-up service.
6. How do I find a lawyer who can help me with
my specific legal problem?
Connecticut Judicial Branch Libraries – Finding Legal Help
7. Where do I get a certificate of
Certificates of good
standing are available from either the:
Clerk of the Superior Court
Hartford Judicial District
95 Washington Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Tel: (860) 548-2700
Statewide Grievance Committee
287 Main Street
2nd Floor, Suite 2
East Hartford, CT 06118
Tel: (860) 568-5157
that for some purposes, a certificate is required from the
highest court of the jurisdiction in which the attorney is
admitted – requests for such certificates must be made to
the Clerk of the Superior Court, Hartford Judicial District.
For some purposes, a certificate is required from the
disciplinary authority in the jurisdiction in which the
attorney is admitted – requests for such certificates must
be made to the Statewide Grievance Committee. Finally, for
some purposes, separate certificates are required from the
highest court and from the disciplinary authority – separate
requests must be submitted to both Clerk of the Superior
Court, Hartford Judicial District, and to the Statewide
Requests to the Statewide Grievance Committee must be in
writing and must include the attorney’s name, address,
daytime telephone number, juris number, and a copy of the
attorney’s last attorney registration form (see Practice
Book §2-27 (d) and (e), and §2-65). If the attorney
requesting a certificate from the Statewide Grievance
Committee does not submit a copy of their last attorney
registration form, they must state in their request they are
not submitting it, together with an explanation why it is
cost of a plain certificate of good standing from the Clerk
of the Superior Court or the Statewide Grievance Committee
is $10. A certificate of good standing with disciplinary
history statement from the Statewide Grievance Committee is
$20. Checks or money orders for certificates obtained from
the Clerk of the Superior Court should be made payable to
“Clerk, Superior Court.” Checks or money orders for
certificates obtained from the Statewide Grievance Committee
should be made payable to “State of Connecticut Judicial
8. After I have been admitted
to the bar, when will I receive my juris number and when can I begin to
Approximately 15 days after the Statewide
Grievance Committee is notified by the clerk of the court where your
swearing-in took place, you will receive a notice containing your juris number. You need this number to file an
appearance in court, but you are otherwise able to practice law
immediately after you have been sworn in as an attorney in Connecticut.
9. When can I use “Attorney”
or “Esq.” with my name?
The Statewide Grievance
Committee has held that the use of the title “Attorney” or “Esq.”, or
any similar title, by one not admitted to the Connecticut bar may
constitute a violation of C.G.S. §51-88. Generally unless you are
admitted to the Connecticut bar, you should not use the title “Attorney”
10. How do I contact the Bar Examining Committee?
You can reach the Committee at this address:
Directions to the Bar Examining Committee’s office
12. U.S. Driving Record Repositories
13. Foreign Driving
- Additional countries will be added as they
Abu Dhabi Police GHQ
Government of South Australia
Department for Transport, Energy & Infrastructure
Safety Regulation Division
33-37 Warwick Street
Walkerville South Australia 5081
Roads & Traffic Authority
CNR King & Fitzroy St.
Grafton, NSW 2460
Administration Communale de Waterloo
Rue Francois Libert, 28
23 Parliament Street
Hamilton, Bermuda HM12
Conseil de Paris
Conseiller de Paris
1er Adjoint au Maire du 17e
Rue des Batignolles
Paris, France 75017
Kraftfahrbundesamt (English - click on British flag)
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
Customer Enquiries Group, C1
Swansea, UK SA6 7JL
Motor Taxation Office
Block B Blackhall Walk
Police Traffic Headquarters
16 Lower Elleston Road
Island Traffic Authority
1-1/2 Manhattan Road
P.O. Box 101
Divisie Registrate en Informatie
Post bus 9000
9640 HA Veendam
Skager Rak 10
9642 CZ Veendam, Netherlands
Team Leader, Driver Licensing Enforcement
Land Transport NZ
Ministry of Transporation
Office of the Registrar or Motor Vehicles
2680 Keele St.
Downsview, Ontario M3M 3E6
Departamento de Transportacion y Obras Publicas
Barrio San Antòn Carr. 887, Esq. 848
Carolina, P.R. 00985
(787) 701-3324; (787) 701-3327
Service de opérationa et de diffusion
Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec
333, boul. Jean-Lesage
Case Postal 19600, C-3-44
Québec (Québec) G1K 8J6
Utvecklings och Strategienheten
S-981 81 Kiruna
Drivers Customer Services
PH: 01792 786362
14. Connecticut and Federal Background Checks
The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee (CBEC) will conduct an extensive background check for all applicants and reserves the right to require applicants to submit fingerprints.
Should CBEC require that an applicant submit fingerprints, a fingerprint card and instructions will be mailed to that applicant so that a Connecticut and Federal background check can be requested.
Background checks received from applicants will NOT be accepted
The following documents will be sent to applicants who are required to submit fingerprints and should be reviewed prior to submitting your fingerprints and fees to CBEC.
there any other websites to obtain further information?
National Conference of Bar
American Bar Association
Statewide Grievance Committee
Client Security Fund
Chief Disciplinary Counsel
16. Reinstatement after Suspension, Disbarment or Resignation
The procedure for reinstatement after suspension, disbarment or resignation is set forth in Practice Book § 2-53.
Effective January 1, 2014, the applicant
shall pay to the bar examining committee $1000 and shall submit proof of such payment to the clerk of the superior court at the time the application is
filed with the court.
Payment may be made by certified check or money order. The Bar Examining Committee does NOT accept credit cards, personal, corporate or law firm checks. If
sending payment by mail, include your name and address, and indicate the court to which you will be applying for reinstatement. A receipt will be sent to you
as proof of such payment.