Admission by Motion
ADMISSION BY MOTION UNDER MAINE BAR ADMISSION RULE 11A:
- To Receive a Preliminary Determination of Eligibility For Admission by Motion
- Regulations for Expiration of Admission by Motion Applications
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A $250 FEE FOR A PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION OF ELIGIBILITY, EFFECTIVE JULY 7, 2017, WHICH FEE IS CREDITED TOWARDS THE APPLICATION FEE IF YOU ARE FOUND ELIGIBLE. PAYMENT MAY BE MADE BY CHECK OR MONEY ORDER ONLY, VIA REGULAR MAIL.
All applicants are responsible for reading and complying with the Maine Bar Admission Rules. Most questions can be answered by a careful reading of the Rules. General information is available on the Maine Board of Bar Examiners Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page. Applicants who graduated from a law school not located in the United States should first review the Regulations for Determining Equivalency of Foreign Legal Education
Before applicants can be certified for admission by motion pursuant to M.B.A.R. 11A, they must:
- Produce satisfactory evidence of good character and fitness to practice law in the State of Maine pursuant to M.B.A.R. 9 [see M.B.A.R. 11A(a)(7)].
CLE INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS FOR ADMISSION BY MOTION
- Lawyers may seek admission to the Maine Bar by motion (see full text of Maine Bar Admission Rule 11A) upon completion of at least fifteen (15) hours of continuing legal education on Maine practice and procedure. Such CLE credit hours must be completed within one year immediately preceding the date on which the applicant is certified for admission. The fifteen-hour requirement includes at least two credit hours primarily concerned with issue of ethics of professional responsibility and may be earned by attending live courses, in-office courses, self-study, or a combination thereof. Of the remaining thirteen hours, no more than seven credit hours may be earned through in-office or self-study courses].
If you have questions regarding the required 15 hours of continuing legal education in Maine Practice and Procedure, please contact the Board’s CLE/Registration Coordinator at 207-623-1121.