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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: Bar.Admissions@iowacourts.gov 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 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.
  • The application deadline for the July 2021 Iowa Bar Examination is April 1, 2021.  Applicants who are unsuccessful on the February 2021 Iowa Bar Examination have an application deadline of April 1, 2021, or 30 days after the posting of the results for the February 2021 Iowa Bar Examination, whichever is later.
  • The July 2021 Iowa Bar Examination will be held July 26-28, 2021, and is scheduled to be administered at the Airport Holiday Inn Conference Center, 6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, Iowa.

Exam Results and Statistical Reports:

 

For more information contact: Bar.Admissions@iowacourts.gov

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