Waiving into the DC Bar?

I'm thinking about paying to waive into the DC Bar while my Guest02/21/09
I remember looking into this a while ago, and it seemed likeGuest06/28/06
I heard its like $1000 and takes about a year. I was thinkiGuest02/21/09
how much time to you have after taking the bar to waive intoGuest02/21/09
I just looked at their site and it seems its $400 and there'Guest02/21/09
My guess is 2 year limit for using your MBE score. Am I rigGuest05/06/09
I am thinking about same. I keep hearing the total costGuest02/21/09
Yeah but I can't find that time limit thing anymore. I haveGuest02/21/09
More info here: http://www.dcappeals.gov/dccourts/a ppealsGuest02/21/09
I waived into DC a few years ago. Took a total of 10 months Guest02/21/09



Guest (Feb 21, 2009 - 2:49 pm)

I'm thinking about paying to waive into the DC Bar while my score is still good. PA and DC are fairly close to each other, so I figure even if I never use it, it couldn't hurt. It'd be better than waiting too long, needing it, and then having to take the DC Bar.

I noticed that there was a mandatory course for DC, but couldn't find anything on CLE requirements after that. I already have PA/NJ CLEs to worry about, and hopefully after next week FL as well, so I don't want to spend so much time traveling just for CLE credit. Does DC have any CLE requirements besides that first initial requirement? I couldn't find anything on the website.

Thanks!

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Guest (Jun 28, 2006 - 12:00 am)

I remember looking into this a while ago, and it seemed like there was one MCLE and nothing afterward. I think there is a hefty admission fee to apply to the DC bar on motion, though, which is why I haven't bothered with it yet.

Edit: Here is the answer, from DCbar.org, http://www.dcbar.org/for_lawyers/continuing_legal_education/about.cfm

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Guest (Feb 21, 2009 - 2:49 pm)

I heard its like $1000 and takes about a year. I was thinking of doing it before my time runs out too. Is it even worth it?

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Guest (Feb 21, 2009 - 2:49 pm)

how much time to you have after taking the bar to waive into DC?

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Guest (Feb 21, 2009 - 2:49 pm)

I just looked at their site and it seems its $400 and there's no limit. I could've sworn though that I read somewhere that there was like a 3 year limit (or something like that) to using your MBE score for it. Am I wrong?

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Guest (May 6, 2009 - 12:00 am)

My guess is 2 year limit for using your MBE score. Am I right?

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Guest (Feb 21, 2009 - 2:49 pm)

I am thinking about same.

I keep hearing the total cost is $700. They say it takes about a year for approval, but you can get a provisional license on the spot if you take your paperwork in by hand. The provisional license allows you to practice in DC so long as you are supervised by a lawyer with a regular DC license.

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Guest (Feb 21, 2009 - 2:49 pm)

Yeah but I can't find that time limit thing anymore. I have no clue where I read it.

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Guest (Feb 21, 2009 - 2:49 pm)

More info here:

http://www.dcappeals.gov/dccourts/appeals/coa/faq.jsp

I don't believe there is a "window" where your MBE score is good - you could waive in in a year our four with your MBE score of 133+ and MPRE of 75+.

There is only one mandatory DC CLE course - you are required to take it within one year of being sworn in. The course goes from 9-3:30 and is offered once a month. Every other month the course is on a Saturday.

http://www.dcbar.org/for_lawyers/membership/current_members/mandatoryCourse.cfm

Once you complete that course, there are no additional CLE requirements for DC (ever).

The cost is $400 to the DC Court of Appeals and then an amount to the NCBE for the character report (last year it was $250 for someone already admitted to another bar...it may have gone up some since then).

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Guest (Feb 21, 2009 - 2:49 pm)

I waived into DC a few years ago. Took a total of 10 months from filing application to swear in date.

The app is extensive and requires 3 or 5 personal references (family and former bosses). They DO call those phone numbers so make sure you get solid people to list as your Character References.


The required CLE can be completed in 1 day. I was admitted on Friday and finished my CLE requirement on Saturday (9 -4 pm). You do it once and that's it. No more CLE required in DC.

Fee for Inactive status is $115 which is a pain because I have no intention of really practicing there. I waived into DC only because I had a high enough MBE score to do so. If you are Active, annual dues are around $ 175 or 185 (not sure, check the above links).

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