INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL APPLICANTS FOR COMPLETING AND FILING PETITION FOR ADMISSION TO BAR
I. Completing the Application for the New Hampshire Bar Examination Form
All applicants for admission to the bar who are seeking admission by examination must submit the one-page Application for the New Hampshire Bar Examination. Applicants should complete and return the Application for the New Hampshire Bar Examination form along with the Petition and Questionnaire for Admission to the address set forth in the following section (section II).
If an applicant is taking concurrent bar examinations in two states, the applicant must indicate the state in which he or she will take the MBE portion of the bar examination on the application for the New Hampshire Bar Examination form. It is the responsibility of the applicant to arrange for the scores to be reported to the bar admission authorities in all states in which the applicant is taking concurrent bar examinations and to pay any applicable fees to ensure that the applicant's MBE score are reported to those states. Information about MBE score transfer from New Hampshire to other jurisdictions is available on the Information About the New Hampshire Bar Examination page.
II. Completing the Petition and Questionnaire for Admission
All applicants for admission to the bar, whether they are seeking admission by examination or by motion without examination, must submit the petition and questionnaire for admission to the bar.
The 11 page petition and questionnaire must be accompanied by the certification form, and the authorization and release form. Every question or space requiring information on the petition and questionnaire, certification form, and authorization and release form must be answered or completed. Do not leave a space blank. Answer "NONE" or "NOT APPLICABLE" or with other suitable, descriptive wording where pertinent. A petition may be summarily rejected if the petitioner does not fully answer all questions.
(1) In answering question 1(i), state the date of any change in name.
(2) When listing "EMPLOYERS" in Item 1(j) and personal references in Item 14, BE SURE TO GIVE COMPLETE ADDRESSES, INCLUDING STREET NUMBERS AND ZIP CODES.
(3) If a prior employer is no longer in business, please provide the complete name and address of a supervisory individual familiar with your employment.
(4) Question 6 requests information on all loans that you may have. It also requests information pertaining to any accounts that are delinquent.
(5) Items 7 and 8 should not be answered "NOT APPLICABLE." Both items are applicable even when the accurate answer is "NONE."
(6) The original signed petition and one copy must be filed. IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR ADMISSION ON MOTION, THE ORIGINAL SIGNED MOTION AND ONE COPY ALSO MUST BE FILED. All documents filed with or subsequent to the petition should be submitted IN DUPLICATE, INCLUDING CORRESPONDENCE.
(7) Certification of graduation by the registrar or a photocopied diploma is required; TRANSCRIPTS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE. If a certificate of graduation from law school is not yet available, the petitioner should indicate in a letter accompanying the petition and questionnaire form that two copies of the certificate will be mailed or delivered as soon as possible. The Court's requirement for the above certificate is separate from that of the Committee on Character and Fitness, which will, in the course of investigating each application, forward a questionnaire requesting certification from the dean of the law school.
(8) If the petitioner is presently admitted to practice in another jurisdiction, appropriate certificates of admission and good standing should accompany the petition. ALL CERTIFICATES OF GOOD STANDING MUST BE ISSUED WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF THE FILING DATE.
Complete and return the petition and questionnaire and the completed authorization and release forms intact to:
New Hampshire Supreme Court
Office of Bar Admission
4 Chenell Drive Suite 102
Concord, N.H. 03301
An applicant seeking admission by examination must submit the application for the New Hampshire bar examination form, and the petition and questionnaire with an examination fee of $700.00, which must be made payable to the New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners.
An applicant seeking admission on motion pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 42(xi), must submit the petition and questionnaire with a fee for filing a motion for admission without examination of $1,200.00, which must be made payable to the New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners.
Fees are non-refundable.
III. Character and Fitness Investigation
The Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness is charged with verifying the information contained in a petition and questionnaire for admission to the bar and investigating the character and fitness to practice law of the applicant. Supreme Court Rule 42 specifically places the burden of proof upon the applicant to establish good moral character and states that a finding that an applicant has not met this burden is justified if the applicant fails to answer any question on this form (or any related question propounded by the Committee on Character and Fitness or the Supreme Court). An application may be summarily rejected if all questions on the form are not fully answered.
After a petition and questionnaire for admission to the bar is filed, the Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness begins its investigation of an applicant. In the case of bar examination applicants, the committee often is able to complete its investigation of applicants before the admission ceremony for new admittees. In some instances, however, the committee is unable to complete its investigation of an applicant prior to the admission ceremony. Every applicant for admission to the New Hampshire bar should understand that the applicant will not be admitted to the bar, even though he or she has passed the bar examination, until the Character and Fitness review process, including any review by the Supreme Court, has been completed and the applicant is determined to have the character and fitness necessary to practice law.
IV. Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)
Successful completion of the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is an additional prerequisite for admission to the New Hampshire Bar. The New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners has established a scaled score of 79 as the passing level of performance for the MPRE.
The MPRE is not administered by the New Hampshire Bar Examiners, but is administered three times a year at many locations throughout the United States, usually at law schools. If you have further questions and are presently enrolled in law school, you should consult your law school placement office for additional information about MPRE test locations and the examination. If you are not presently enrolled in law school you may obtain further information on the National Conference of Bar Examiners website ncbex.org.
If you wish to have your MPRE score certified to New Hampshire, designate New Hampshire as one of the jurisdictions to which your score should be certified.
If you have already taken the MPRE and the score has been certified to New Hampshire, please list the date of the MPRE examination and your score on the top right corner of the petition and questionnaire. If your MPRE score was not certified to New Hampshire, you must request the National Conference of Bar Examiners to send an additional score report to New Hampshire. The NCBE reports MPRE scores for 15 years. If your score is more than 15 years old, please see Board of Bar Examiners Regulations IV for alternative methods of proving your MPRE score.
Applicants applying for admission without examination are required to successfully complete the MPRE before submitting their applications. Bar examination applicants may take the MPRE either before or after the New Hampshire Bar Examination but they will not be admitted until they have successfully completed the MPRE.