Vermont Admission Laws

Any applicant eligible for admission to the Bar of Vermont should be at least eighteen years of age pursuant to Vermont Bar Admission Rule 6.  Educational requirement of an applicant for admission to Vermont Bar is prescribed under Rule 6.  The applicant must have completed his law degree from an approved law school accredited by the American Bar Association.  The applicant must have finished a three-year course leading to a law degree from any jurisdiction of the United States.  Applicant passed out from an approved college authorized to grant four-year undergraduate degrees by the laws of the state in which it is located.  Pursuant to Rule 6, an applicant in order to get admission into the Bar of this state must take a written examination in three parts: (1) an essay examination, (2) the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), and (3) the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) and achieve a passing grade in each part.  Total passing grade for an essay examination is o through 10.00.  For MBE, a total score of 135 and for MPRE, a scaled score of 80 or its equivalent.  Any attorney practicing in any other jurisdiction of the United States may be admitted to practice in Vermont state, provided that the attorney should have been engaged in the practice of law for five of the preceding ten years in those particular jurisdictions of the United States.  This is prescribed under Vermont Bar Admission Rule 7.

According to Rule 3 of Vermont Bar Admission Rule, every licensed attorney admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court should complete twenty hours of accredited continuing legal education during each two-year compliance period established by these rules.  At least two of the twenty hours should be devoted to continuing legal education specifically addressed to legal ethics and at least another two hours to education specifically in the area of professionalism.

Vt. Bar Adm. Rule 6

(f) An applicant must be a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully present in the United States, at least eighteen years of age, of good moral character and fitness, and who has successfully completed three-quarters of the work accepted for a bachelor’s degree in a college approved by the Court before commencing the study of law hereinafter prescribed.
Vt. Bar Adm. Rule 6

g) An applicant shall have pursued the study of law with special reference to the general practice of law:
(1) for a period of not less than four years within this state under the supervision of an attorney in practice in this state who has been admitted to practice before this Court not less than three years prior to the commencement of that study, or
(2) in any jurisdiction of the United States or common law jurisdiction in a law school approved by this Court which maintains a three-year course leading to a law degree.
(h) An approved college is any college or university authorized to grant four-year undergraduate degrees by the laws of the state in which it is located.
(2) An approved law school is any law school accredited by the American Bar Association, the American Association of Law Schools, or otherwise approved by this Court.
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Vt. Bar Adm. Rule 6

Rule 6. Requirements for admission–Applicants not presently admitted to the practice of law in another jurisdiction of the United States.
(a) An applicant for admission who at the time of application is not admitted to the practice of law in another jurisdiction of the United States must take a written examination in three parts: (1) an essay examination, (2) the Multistate Bar Examination, and (3) the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination and achieve a passing grade on each part.
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Vt. Bar Adm. Rule 7

Rule 7. Requirements for admission–Applicants admitted to the practice of law in another jurisdiction of the United States.
(a) Each applicant who has been admitted to the practice of law in another jurisdiction of the United States may be admitted upon motion and without examination in this state provided that at the time of application the applicant has been actively engaged in the practice of law for five of the preceding ten years in one or more jurisdictions of the United States, is currently licensed to practice in at least one such jurisdiction, and is not under suspension or revocation in any jurisdiction for disciplinary reasons. Any part of the five-year admission requirement is waived to the extent that any jurisdiction in which the applicant is currently licensed and in which the applicant has actively engaged in the practice of law for not less than six months requires fewer than five years admission as a condition of admission upon motion and without examination for attorneys licensed in this state, provided, however, that at the time of application the applicant has been actively engaged in the practice of law for not less than three of the preceding ten years in one or more jurisdictions of the United States, is currently licensed to practice in at least one such jurisdiction and is not under suspension or revocation in any jurisdiction.
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Vt. CLE Rule 3

Rule 3. Minimum educational requirements.
(a) Every licensed attorney admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court shall complete twenty hours of accredited continuing legal education during each two-year compliance period established by these rules.
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