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Title: District of Columbia Bar Admission
Post by: Citylaw on September 17, 2015, 10:34:37 AM
Just curious if anyone has successfully applied for admission to the District of Columbia by motion from California. These are the instructions, http://www.dccourts.gov/internet/documents/MotionInstructionsAndForms.pdf which I followed and am about to submit, but I was just curious if anyone went through the process and could offer any insight into it.

I tried contacting them directly and they just said submit the forms, etc.

Anyways, if anyone has gone through the process I would love to hear how long it took, any random thing to be aware of etc.
Title: Re: District of Columbia Bar Admission
Post by: Groundhog on September 17, 2015, 12:43:59 PM
Had a friend who did this. Took her about s year from the submission of documents. I paid for the MBE score because I don't have enough time to waive in without, but didn't end up applying. No reason for me to pay more bar fees.
Title: Re: District of Columbia Bar Admission
Post by: Citylaw on September 17, 2015, 12:56:42 PM
Interesting yea there are no CLE requirements for D.C and the fee is only $280. I have no real desire to practice in D.C, but I do in Oregon, which has reciprociy with D.C., but not California.  Anyways, hopefully it all works out and if anyone has more info please share.

Trying to get a some law licenses without having to answer a multiple choice question again!
Title: Re: District of Columbia Bar Admission
Post by: 🍟💵🌲🍥 on September 17, 2015, 05:03:02 PM
As long as your score isn't too old and you went to an ABA school you only need a 133 MBE. I can't imagine anyone I know who passed their home state with less than a 135, most I know had a 150 or better honestly.

I'd say that anyone who wants to practice in DC, take it somewhere else first and then just transfer in the score. MI up until a few years ago let you "MBE Out" with a 150 MBE score (no matter how bad your essays were) so back then you could just sit MI, practice ONLY the MBE and then transfer to DC.

Dang I feel old now.
Title: Re: District of Columbia Bar Admission
Post by: Citylaw on September 17, 2015, 05:17:20 PM
Yep unfortunately you have to do a lot of paperwork to make it happen, which is where I am at.

I have all the required stuff, but waiting for the California Supreme Court to give me my certificate of standing and then I need to go to a Notary and then get a Cashier's Check for $400.00 to hopefully get the process started. I have already spent a ton of hours finalizing the paperwork, which is annoying and hopefully it gets done.

I jumped through all the hoops California required, but it was easy when that is your only responsibility. Therefore, I recommend taking the bar in the state you want first and foremost.

Reciprocity is possible and so is my goal of having six-pack abs, but neither has been accomplished yet. : (
Title: Re: District of Columbia Bar Admission
Post by: 🍟💵🌲🍥 on September 17, 2015, 07:34:24 PM
I am curious what a "ton of hours" is in standard time calculations. I ask since I transferred my scores to another state before (non DC) and it took some work, but I'd say ten hours total of actual work, albeit several weeks of waiting. Fees also suck, but I'd rather lose a weeks pay than a lifetime of not being where I want to be.
Title: Re: District of Columbia Bar Admission
Post by: Citylaw on September 18, 2015, 10:00:49 AM
Its about 10-15 and who knows what if anything will be required once they obtain my records. I also know if approved I need to go to D.C. to swear in and then also take a Mandatory CLE Course in D.C. so that will be at least two trips to D.C. from California and tack on another 10-20 hours for that plus airfare, hotel, course fees etc it adds up.

Out of curiosity did you get licensed by this other jurisdiction or just transfer your score?

Again is it possible to do? Yes of course, but its work.

I have been meaning to do this paperwork for 2 years, but I only now got around to it. People procrastinate that is what we do and everything technically is easy instead of writing this post I could be finishing up some work, I could call my mom, buy flowers, god knows if every minute of everyday was used productively we would all be millionaires, no relationship problems, etc essentially perfect lives, but humans don't operate that way.

People love to say and think they do, but us debating on an anonymous internet board only proves my point. This is all ofr s**ts and giggles and I enjoy it, but there is nothing productive about it.
Title: Re: District of Columbia Bar Admission
Post by: 🍟💵🌲🍥 on September 18, 2015, 08:38:55 PM
I'm licensed in both now, I didn't word that the best way. I'd say I invested about the same amount of time minus the extra class you mentioned. That seems SC specific. I'd still do it though.
Title: Re: District of Columbia Bar Admission
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Title: Re: District of Columbia Bar Admission
Post by: Citylaw on November 23, 2015, 01:55:00 PM
Really, they are doing the background on me now and I saw that you need to attend some class prior to swearing in.

How much work is it and what exactly do they require?

Thanks for the info.
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