Admission to Practice Law in South Carolina
Except for limited certificates of admission and pro hac vice admissions, applicants seeking an admission to practice law in South Carolina must comply with the requirements of Rule 402 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules (SCACR). Only persons who have received a JD or LLB degree from a law school which was approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association at the time the degree was conferred are eligible for admission under this rule. Please consult the rule for other requirements.
Applications to Take the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) in South Carolina
The UBE is composed of the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) which are prepared by, given and graded in accordance with the standards established by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The UBE will be given in South Carolina twice a year on the last consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July. A scaled score of 266 on the UBE is required for admission in South Carolina. Additional information regarding the content of the UBE is available at www.ncbex.org.
The filing periods and filing fees for applicants who wish to take the UBE in South Carolina are shown below:
|July Applications Filed:||February Applications Filed:||Filing Fee|
|December 1 to January 10||August 1 to August 31||$1000.00|
|January 11 to January 31||September 1 to September 30||$1500.00|
Additionally, an applicant who has been admitted in another state or the District of Columbia, or another country for one year or more must pay an additional fee of $750.00.
To complete an application for admission to take the UBE in South Carolina, the applicant must create an account. Once an applicant has created an account, the applicant can log on and open the Application for Admission, which is composed of two parts. Part A is to be completed and submitted on-line, and Part B is a Word document that must be completed and either mailed or delivered to the Office of Bar Admissions along with the required attachments and fees. While applicants will not be permitted to create an account until fifteen days prior to the opening of each filing period, forms and samples of the relevant documents and webpages are available for purposes of reviewing the questions on the application and collecting the required documents. These forms and samples are located on the menu on the right side of this page.
Special Accommodations. Pursuant to Rule 402(d)(6), an applicant needing special testing accommodations due to a disability must submit a written request for such accommodations to the Board of Law Examiners. All requests must be submitted on the Request forms provided by the Office of Bar Admissions. All requests must be complete with all relevant medical records and information at the time of submission. An examinee making a request for special accommodations will not be allowed to supplement his or her original request with additional medical information unless the examinee experiences a significant change in medical condition after submitting the original request. Written requests for special accommodations must be submitted by November 1st for the February UBE and April 1st for the July UBE. Extensions of these deadlines will only be permitted upon petition to the Supreme Court.
The Board of Law Examiners only allows specific items to be brought into the Columbia Convention Center where the UBE is administered. Please see the Instructions for the South Carolina Bar Examination under the section labeled "Forms and Sample Documents." Please be aware that these Instructions are subject to change.
Applications Based On An Existing UBE Score
On May 1, 2017, the Office of Bar Admissions will begin accepting Applications for Admission based on an existing UBE Score.
A scaled score of 266 is required for admission and may not be over three years old at the time the application is filed.
If the score is from another jurisdiction, the score must be transferred to South Carolina by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The application fee is $1,000.00, and an applicant who has been admitted in another state, the District of Columbia or another country for one year or more must pay an additional fee of $750.00.
Additional information on transferring a UBE score is available at www.ncbex.org/ncbe-exam-score-services/ube-score-services.
To complete an Application for Admission Based on an Existing UBE score, the applicant must create an account. Once an applicant has created an account, the applicant can log on and open the Application for Admission Based on an Existing UBE Score, which is composed of two parts. Part A is to be completed and submitted on-line and Part B is a Word document that must be completed and either mailed or delivered to the Office of Bar Admissions along with the required attachments and fees. Forms and samples of the relevant documents and webpages are available for purposes of reviewing the questions on the application and collecting the required documents. These forms and samples are located on the menu on the right side of this page.
Once your application is complete, it will have to be reviewed by the Committee on Character and Fitness. A determination regarding your application should take approximately six to eight months.
South Carolina does not have any form of reciprocal admission with any other jurisdiction.