bar examination
bar ex·am·i·na·tion n: an examination that is usu. administered by a jurisdiction's bar association and which a lawyer must pass prior to admission to the bar of that jurisdiction

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

bar examination
An examination for individuals who want a license to practice law. Typically, bar exams are multiday tests of endurance and knowledge, covering a wide range of legal topics. Once licensed in a particular state, an attorney can practice law in that state and in federal courts in that state. Some states require a special bar examination for attorneys who have already passed the bar in other states, while others recognize out-of-state attorneys if they have established local residence. Lawyers from one state may occasionally practice in another with the consent of the court alone.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


bar examination
A written test that an individual must pass before becoming licensed to practice law as an attorney.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


bar examination
I
A written test that an individual must pass before becoming licensed to practice law as an attorney.
II A state examination taken by prospective lawyers in order to be admitted and licensed to practice law.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

bar examination
n.
   the examination given in each state by either the highest court or, if an "integrated" bar, by the state bar association (subject to appeal to the State Supreme Court) for admission as an attorney. The examinations vary in difficulty, but most include up to three days of questions, many of which are essay type posing factual situations which call upon an ability to identify and analyze the legal "issues" and to demonstrate substantial knowledge of various areas of the law. Usually there are some multiple choice or true and false questions, depending on the state. The pass/fail rate varies from state to state and year to year. Some states, like California, have a pass rate of below 60 percent of applicants, but do allow several tries. Other states pass 90 percent. To qualify one must have received a law degree (LLB or JD) from an established law school or, in seven states, prove that he/she studied for several years in law school and/or with an attorney. Very few graduates ever pass the examination. Some states require a special bar examination for attorneys from other states, while others recognize out-of-state attorneys if they have established local residence. Passing a state's bar examination will automatically qualify the attorney to practice in the federal courts in that district.
   See also: attorney

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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