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Admission by Examination

Information to Bar Applicants about the impact of COVID-19 on bar admission, application, and examination may be found here.


The Iowa Board of Law Examiners oversees the process of admission to the bar of Iowa. The admission process covers those that are required to take an examination to gain admission as well as attorneys licensed from other jurisdictions who wish to practice in Iowa.  If you are already licensed in another jurisdiction, learn how to become licensed in Iowa. Contact: if you have any other questions.

Bar Examination Announcements

News of Interest:

Law students who wish to take the bar examination in Iowa need to remember to file a Law Student Registration form. Information regarding the deadlines and fees can be found here.

Upcoming Deadlines and Events:

  • The 2021 February Bar Examination will be held on February 23-24, 2021.  On December 3, 2020, the Supreme Court of Iowa ordered that the exam will be administered remotely.  For further details, please see the notice and accompanying information found here.
  • The registration deadline for the February 2021 Iowa Bar Examination was November 1, 2020.

Exam Results and Statistical Reports:


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