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Frequently Asked Questions: How long does the admission process take?

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How long does the admission process take? 

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It can be anywhere from two to six months once you have completed all of the requirements for admission: passing all portions of the bar exam or approval by the Board of Bar Examiners for motion candidates; and completion of the clerkship/CLE requirement. The amount of time will primarily depend upon when you completed the online application. The National Conference of Bar Examiners' character investigation service takes at least three months to complete. If there are any references or organizations which did not respond to the NCBE, then the bar admissions office must follow up before your file can be forwarded to the Character and Fitness Committee for review.
 
You can expedite the process by ensuring that your contact information, as well as those of your references, are current and by filing your termination of clerkship form/CLE affidavit immediately after you have completed the requirement.
 
After the Character and Fitness Committee has approved your application, a motion is sent to the Supreme Court with the names of those who are eligible for admission.  This occurs once a month.
 
Once the Supreme Court has notified the admissions office that the motion has been approved, an email is sent with the forms that are required to be submitted within 90 days.  An attorney is not eligible to practice law in Vermont until all forms, with payment, are submitted and they receive their attorney licensing card.
 
The requirement to attend an admission ceremony was eliminated on September 1, 2012. The following persons are now qualified to administer the oaths of admission:  any justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, a Vermont Superior Court judge, a Vermont probate judge, a Vermont magistrate, a Vermont assistant judge, the clerk or deputy clerk of the Vermont Supreme Court, or a clerk or court operations manager of a Vermont Superior Court.  A judge, justice or other equivalent judicial officer of another jurisdiction of the United States may also administer the oaths of admission.
   
 

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