Bar Examination

Definition - What does Bar Examination mean?

In most jurisdictions, a necessary step in obtaining a license to practice law is passing a bar examination.

The organization regulating the practice of law in most jurisdictions is called the state bar. The state bar administers an examination to ensure that anyone licensed to practice law in that state has a thorough understanding of that state’s laws.

Justipedia explains Bar Examination

The bar examination is a comprehensive examination ensuring that every attorney licensed in a jurisdiction possesses a basic knowledge of every area of law. Due to the highly technical nature of law, regulatory agencies have set up a series of safeguards to guarantee that each individual hiring themselves out as a lawyer has a solid understanding of the practice of law. In addition to sitting for the bar examination, state bars require individuals to undergo a character and fitness review involving criminal and financial background checks.

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