D.C. Bar Exam The bar exam will be administered remotely on October 5 and 6. The bar exam is managed exclusively by the D.C. Court of Appeals Committee on Admissions. For questions or concerns, please visit or email [email protected].



Notice About the Mandatory Course

New Admittees:

  • Rule II of the D.C. Court of Appeals Rules Governing the Bar, is a post-admission requirement and may not be taken before the member is sworn in to the D.C. Bar.
  • The Course is available on-demand, online. It is also offered in-person twice per year to coincide with the in-person swearing-in ceremonies at the D.C. Court of Appeals. The Course must be completed by all new admittees within 12 months after admission to the Bar. Any new admittee who fails to complete the Mandatory Course within 60 days after the D.C. Bar issues written Notice of Noncompliance shall be administratively suspended from membership in the D.C. Bar and prohibited from practicing law in the District of Columbia
  • Any new D.C. Bar member otherwise in good standing who is administratively suspended for failure to complete the Mandatory Course shall be reinstated as a member of the D.C. Bar upon completion of the Mandatory Course and fulfillment of such other administrative requirements as may be imposed.

Click here to view Article 4 of the D.C. Bar’s By-Laws

Other Members:
Under Article III of the D.C. Bar By-laws, the Course requirement is a prerequisite to any member of the Bar who wishes to change to an Active status after five or more years of being in any Inactive or Judicial status. A member will be required to take the Course if:

  • The member has held an Inactive, Judicial, Resigned, or Retired status for five years or more and now wishes to be an Active member/be reinstated;
  • Suspended members because of… 
    • non-payment of dues for 5 years or more; or
    • failure to file a resignation statement.

Click here to view Article III of the D.C. Bar By-laws