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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.

For information about how to register to take the Iowa bar examination, please visit this webpage.

Bar Examination Announcements

Upcoming Deadlines and Events:

  • The July 2021 Iowa Bar Examination will be held July 26-28, 2021, and will be administered remotely.
  • There will be an optional admissions ceremony for applicants who are successful on the July 2021 Iowa Bar Examination.  This ceremony is scheduled for Friday, September 17, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Consistory in Des Moines. 
  • The application deadline for the February 2022 Iowa Bar Examination is November 1, 2021. 
  • The February 2022 exam will be held at Hy-Vee Hall, 730 3rd Street, Des Moines, on February 21-23, 2022.

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