Can you waive into the DC bar if you pass the CA bar?

Hello folks! I have a few questions on behalf of my boyfriendee42310/08/12
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dee423 (Oct 8, 2012 - 7:19 pm)

Hello folks! I have a few questions on behalf of my boyfriend who is in law school. First, allow me to preface my questions with a brief back story. BF and GF meet online. Love at first chat. BF in California. GF in Philadelphia. In order for relationship to work, someone needs to move. GF takes one for the team and moves to CA...under 1 condition, BF moves back to the East Coast after he passes the bar and practices for a few years. In an effort to make my life (I guess our lives) easier, I am searching for a way to make the transition to the east coast as painless as possible. I wanted to get to the bottom of the following questions:

1. Can you waive into/not have to take another bar exam for the DC bar if you pass the CA bar?
2. Do you have to practice in CA for a certain period of time or can you start the process of waiving in to DC immediately after passing the CA bar?
3. How long does the process of waiving into the DC bar take?

This is my first post so PLEASE BE KIND. Any and all information would be very helpful and greatly appreciated, thanks!

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mnem (Oct 8, 2012 - 8:05 pm)

Being kind is overrated. I would rather the truth.

http://www.dccourts.gov/internet/documents/MotionInstructionsAndForms.pdf

Here are your instructions for admission by motion (i.e. no exam). To answer your questions:

1. Yes.
2. No; Yes.
3. No clue. Never done it.

Forcing your BF to relocate could kill his career. Assuming he gets a job in a firm, he will need to, by Year 5, show he can start to bring clients in. If he doesn't, he'll be booted for someone who can. Clients are everything. Forcing a lawyer away from his client base, particularly in certain practice areas, can have a major negative effect on his career.

This does not sound like a wise thing for either of you. Clearly, you are sold on living on the east coast and are not open to CA as a permanent residence. You SHOULD NOT be moving and effecting his career with that mindset. Assuming he does relocate for you and his career stalls out, he will resent you for it, which will ruin the relationship.

Better bet is to start his career on the east coast by taking a bar where you want to be OR you giving up this bargaining chip/taking one for the team attitude. It's not like he's asking you to move to Arkansas or Libya.

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dee423 (Oct 8, 2012 - 8:53 pm)

The truth doesnt need to be harsh. Its a good thing I dont get offended or upset easily.

Thanks for the info and taking the time to read/reply to my questions. Just to clarify, no one is forcing anyone to do anything. Although I dont necessarily agree with anything you've added, I do appreciate your desire to comment on my situation.

Thanks again for the link.

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