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.

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.

Course of Study on South Carolina Law

Applicants seeking admission to practice law in South Carolina pursuant to Rule 402, SCACR, must complete the Course of Study on South Carolina Law as a requirement of admission. The Course of Study is a series of online videos available on the South Carolina Bar's website. Only applicants who have filed a complete Application for Admission are permitted access to the Course of Study videos. Once an applicant has filed a complete Application for Admission, the applicant will be sent a link to the Course of Study and registration information to access the Course of Study.

An applicant's successful completion of the Course of Study on South Carolina Law may be used to satisfy the requirements of Rule 402 for applications filed within three (3) years of the date of completion of the Course of Study.

Score Inquiries and Transfers

Results for South Carolina Bar Examinations administered in February are typically released in late April and results for South Carolina Bar Examinations administered in July are typically released in late October. Subsequent inquiries for Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) or Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) scores or requests to have scores earned from an examination in South Carolina transferred to another jurisdiction must be made to the National Conference of Bar Examiners' (NCBEs') Score Services using the links below:

UBE http://www.ncbex.org/ncbe-exam-score-services/ube-score-services/

MBE http://www.ncbex.org/ncbe-exam-score-services/mbe-score-services/

Inquiries regarding Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) scores or requests to have MPRE scores reported to other jurisdictions must be made to the NCBEs' Score Services using the link below:

MPRE http://www.ncbex.org/ncbe-exam-score-services/mpre-score-services/

Reciprocal Admission

South Carolina does not have any form of reciprocal admission with any other jurisdiction.

Forms and Sample Documents

(Online system for completing Part A, Part B, and Coversheet, Checklist and Other Documents for purposes of submitting an Application for Admission will be available fifteen days prior to the opening of each filing period)

Application for Admission - Part A
(Sample Screenshot)

Application for Admission - Part B
(Sample Document)

Coversheet, Checklist and Other Documents
(Sample Documents)

Character Affidavit

Law School Verification

Amendment to Application