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Minnesota Admission Laws

Minnesota admission laws are set forth in Minnesota Statutes, Rules for Admission to Bar, and Rules of the state Board of Continuing Legal Education.  Admitting body is the Supreme Court.  Applicant should be at lease 18 years.  Applicant should be a bachelor of law or a juris doctor from a law school accredited American Bar Association.  The applicant should be a resident of Minnesota, or designate Clerk of Appellate Courts as agent for service of process, or maintain office in state.

Minnesota Bar exam consists of Multistate Bar Examination, essay question, and Multistate performance test.  Additionally, the applicant should have passed Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination with a scale score of 85.  Other state attorneys are allowed to practice in Minnesota provided they make a showing that at least during five of seven years preceding the application the attorney was licensed to practice law in any other jurisdiction.  Additionally, other state Attorneys will be admitted to Bar without exam if s/he scored 145 or higher on Multistate Bar Examination conducted in another jurisdiction.

Minnesota mandates continuing legal education (“CLE”) and an attorney should dedicate 45 hours yearly for CLE.

Minn. R. Admission to Bar 4

 “Rule 4. General Requirements for Admission
  A. Eligibility for Admission. An applicant is eligible for admission to practice law upon establishing to the satisfaction of the Board: 
     (1) Age of at least 18 years; 
     (2) Good character and fitness as defined by these Rules; 
     (3) Graduation with a J.D. or LL.B. degree from a law school which is provisionally or fully approved by the American Bar Association; 
     (4) Passing score on a written examination or qualification under Rules 7A, 7B, 8, 9, or 10; 
     (5) A scaled score of 85 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE); and 
     (6) Not currently suspended or disbarred from the practice of law in another jurisdiction. 
  B. Residency. Prior to admission an applicant must be a resident of this state or maintain an office in this state or designate the Clerk of the Appellate Courts as agent for the service of process for all purposes.” 

Inside Minnesota Admission Laws