Does Florida Bar Have Reciprocity?


In how many states can you take the bar?

I'm planning to go law school God Willing and though I'm living in Florida right now, I'd love to attend a top law school. I would like to practice law in different states mainly Illinois, Florida, New York, California, and Georgia. (Actually, not all of them, but a few among those) So in how many states can you take the bar?

You CAN take the bar in as many states as you want. The real question is in how many states MUST you take the bar. Some states have reciprocal privileges with others. However, California has no reciprocity with any state.

Reciprocity for Wash.DC Bar Exam - I have high enough MBE&MPRE scores to get reciprocity - but:?

do you have to have 5 years of good standing as well? I just got admitted into Ohio's bar, and didn't know if I can apply for DC now without having to take the exam, or if I have to wait 5 years. DC's Bar Admissions website was less than helpful. I checked out BarBri's as well and still don't have a clear answer.

I don't know the reciprocity rules for Ohio, but the the rules for New York when I was admitted were that you had to apply to DC within five years of your having achieved sufficiently high scores on the MPRE and MBE, as well as having been admitted to the bar here....and pay the DC fee.

Rules may have changed since...call the DC bar association if you can't find anywhere else

What are the differences between an ABA law school and reginally accredited law school?

I'm planning to study law in the states and I'm not sure how things work as I am from New Zealand, abit confuse there when it comes to choosing law school, as some non ABA law school do not require LSAT, and most ABA law schools do requires LSAT. Can someone please clarify? Thanks

If you want a law degree that will actually allow you to practice law in the United States, you should look solely at ABA law schools.
Here in the States, actually practicing law requires that you take (and pass) a 'bar exam' after completing law school (you actually take a portion of the exam while still in law school, but the big part is after). These exams are administered on a state level, so that if you want to practice law in California, you must pass the California bar exam. Some states have what is called reciprocity that makes it so states will accept a bar exam score(or a certain amount of legal experience) from another state. You can find out about a state's reciprocity bydoing a quick search, or visiting the website for that state's bar assosciation.
The problem with non-ABA schools is that only two or three states will even allow you to take the bar exam unless you attend an ABA accredited law school. That said two of those states are California and Florida. You should look at the bar pass rates for the schools as well, since unless you pass the bar you can't practice law in the states.
If you do end up having to take the LSAT I have heaps of advice on that (I scored in the 99.9th percentile).
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What is the likelihood of being extradited for a gross misdemeanor?

I have a gross misdemeanor warrant in another state about 1500 miles away (Washington) for DUI. But I live in Arizona. What is the likelihood of being extradited for a misdemeanor? Please, not looking for judgments or opinions, just answer if you really know what you're talking about. Thanks.

Ok, I'm don't really know what I'm talking about exactly, but I know that the first step in extradition is an arrest warrant issued by the forum state (washington). For example, when you don't go to court on a criminal hearing (especially if you bonded out) an arrest warrant is issued by the judge. Normally that warrant is only state wide. But many states share reciprocity with other states. For example Florida has reciprocity with Georgia and Alabama (I think). The point is when states have reciprocity that means that a warrant issued in one state has full force and effect in the states it has reciprocity with. If AZ and WA have reciprocity (I kinda doubt it) and you get pulled over in AZ for speeding (lets say) and the cop runs your name and the WA warrant pops up, you will be arrested and sent to WA. However, if there is no reciprocity then AZ may likely never know - not for a simple DUI. There would nevertheless be a warrant waiting for you in WA. Hope this helps some.

Do lawyers have to retake the bar exam whenever they move out of state?

If I'm not mistaken, the bar only certifies a lawyer in the state they take it. If, during their career, a lawyer wishes to move to another state and still practice, do they have to retake the test?

What you are talking about is called reciprocity.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Admission_to_the_bar_in_the_United_States

Some states are reciprocal with others and can practice in several states, whereas in others have to sit and retake the bar exam in that state to get a license to practice law.

A good example is the warm states like Florida or California. Any lawyer in the midwest would gladly move to a warmer climate and set up practice, but since not reciprocal, have to retake the bar exam.

the wikipedia explains pretty clearly.



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