Professional Licensure Disclosures

Juris Doctor 

Professional licensure requirements vary from state to state. Students who intend to pursue professional licensure outside of the State of Minnesota should contact the appropriate agency to seek guidance and information confirming licensing requirements. Students should be aware that licensure requirements are subject to change periodically and may include educational or degree requirements, professional examinations, background checks, character and fitness qualifications, work experience, fingerprinting, and other requirements.

Because the University of St. Thomas Juris Doctor (J.D.) program is accredited by the American Bar Association, the J.D. program meets the educational requirements for eligibility to sit for the bar examination (required for professional licensure as an attorney) in the following states and jurisdictions: All States of the Union, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.

Professional Licensure Disclosures by State

Juris Doctor

*This disclosure does not provide any guarantee that any particular state licensure or certification entity will approve or deny a student’s application. Furthermore, this disclosure does not account for changes in state law or regulation that may affect your application for licensure and occur after beginning the J.D. program. Enrolled students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact their State’s licensure entity to review all licensure and certification requirements imposed by their state(s) of choice.

All students and prospective students are encouraged to review the National Council of Bar Examiners’ Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements and to contact the state bar authority directly for further information.

Many states, including Minnesota, have adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). The UBE is a bar exam uniformly issued in each of the UBE states. The resulting score is then transferrable to any UBE state. For more information on the UBE, please visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners Website. UBE states have the right to set the qualifying UBE score for admission to their jurisdiction, as well as the right to include additional prerequisites, including state-specific courses, tests, assessments, and other prerequisites. New York and Texas require state-specific courses administered by their respective boards of law examiners as requirements for admission to the bar.

To understand all of the requirements of admission to the Minnesota Bar, see the Minnesota Board of Law Examiners site.

If you have questions, please email Joel Nichols, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, School of Law.

Date Updated: 05/03/2021