Nevada Admission Laws

Nevada Supreme Court is responsible for the process of admission of attorneys in to the Nevada Bar.  The Board of Bar Examiners, with the approval of the Supreme Court and in consultation with the Board of Governors of the state Bar administers the admission of attorneys.  An applicant for examination for a license to practice as an attorney in this state shall have attained the age of majority.  S/he must have a degree of bachelor of laws, or an equivalent law degree, from a law school approved by the American Bar Association.

Every applicant must sit for the full bar examination.  Nevada has no reciprocity or admission by motion of any kind.

All applicants must take a written Bar examination consisting of two parts. One part shall be the Multistate Bar Examination and the other part shall be a two-day essay examination. The essay examination shall include eight essay questions.

In addition to the Bar exam, an applicant shall also take and pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, with a scale score of at least 85, within three years before and after the Bar exam.  There is no limit to the number of times an applicant may take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination.

Each active member of the Nevada Bar is required to complete, during each calendar year, a minimum of 12 hours of accredited educational activity.  Of the 12 hours, at least two (2) hours shall be exclusively in the area of ethics and professional conduct.

Nev. S.C.R. 49

Board of governors of state bar to govern admission to practice law; fees; board of bar examiners
1. Board of bar examiners. With the approval of the Supreme Court, the board of bar examiners, in consultation with the board of governors of the state bar shall have the power to fix and determine the qualifications for admission to practice law in this state.
Nev. S.C.R. 51 Qualifications of applicants for examination
An applicant for examination for a license to practice as an attorney and counselor at law in this state shall:
1. Have attained the age of majority.
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3. Have received a degree of bachelor of laws, or an equivalent law degree, from a law school approved by the committee on legal education and admissions to the bar of the American Bar Association, and shall present evidence of the same.
4. Demonstrate that the applicant is of good moral character and is willing and able to abide by the high ethical standards required of attorneys and counselors at law.
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Nev. S.C.R. 65

Multistate bar examination; time, date, place of examinations
1. All applicants determined to be eligible for examination for licenses to practice as attorneys and counselors at law in this state shall be examined semi-annually by the board of bar examiners by administering to all applicants a written bar examination consisting of two parts. One part shall be the Multistate Bar Examination prepared by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The other part shall be a two-day essay examination. The essay examination shall include eight essay questions covering the subjects listed in Rule 66 and, beginning with the 1997 July examination, may include one or more Performance Test question(s) covering the skills listed in Rule 66. Each part shall be given on successive days. The same subjects may be covered on both parts. In grading the examination, the essay examination shall be entitled to at least twice the weight of the Multistate Bar Examination. Unless otherwise specified in these rules, the two-part examination required by this rule may be referred to as “the examination.”
Nev. S.C.R. 65.5

Multistate professional responsibility examination
Prior to the admission to the practice of law, and not earlier than 3 years preceding the year in which an applicant passes the examination required by Rule 65, and no later than 3 years after the year in which an applicant passes said examination, an applicant shall take and pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination. There is no limit to the number of times an applicant may take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination during such period, but if an applicant does not pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination during such period, an applicant must be reexamined as required by Rule 65. The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination need not be taken in the State of Nevada.
Nev. S.C.R. 210

Minimum continuing legal education requirements
1. Subject to the carry forward provisions of subparagraph 2 hereof, each active member, including each active member who is also a member of the judiciary of the State of Nevada, who is not entitled to an exemption under Rule 214, shall complete, during each calendar year, a minimum of 12 hours of accredited educational activity, as defined by the regulations adopted by the board. Of the 12 hours, at least 2 shall be exclusively in the area of ethics and professional conduct.


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