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    UTAH STATE BAR

    Office of Admissions

    645 South 200 East

    Salt Lake City, Utah 84111-3834

    (801)531-9077

    Web site: www.utahbar.org

    FILING INSTRUCTIONS and INFORMATION

    UTAH STATE BAR ADMISSION APPLICATION ______________________________________________________________________________

These instructions apply to persons who wish to file an application for admission to the Utah

    State Bar using application forms obtained from the Bar’s web site. Please retain a copy of these instructions for future reference.

These instructions and forms are designed for individuals who are computer proficient. The Utah

    State Bar is unable to provide technical support for converting these documents to your word

    processing software. If you are unable to use the online forms, you may obtain a complete

    printed version of the Application and forms for a fee from the Utah State Bar at the above

    contact information.

A. UTAH STATE BAR APPLICATION

    1. READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS, the entire Application and all supplementary

    forms thoroughly before proceeding.

    2. The Application conforms with the requirements outlined in the Rules Governing

    Admission to the Utah State Bar (“Rules”). These Rules, which are available on our

    website, should be referred to prior to your completing this Application. Neither the Bar

    nor its representatives has the authority to waive the deadlines, fees, or

    requirements contained herein.

    3. Your completed Application must be typewritten and submitted in hard copy form.

    Applications completed in pen or pencil or submitted on diskette in lieu of a typewritten

    hard copy will not be accepted for processing and will not be deemed timely filed.

    4. After downloading the Application and supplementary forms, review the contents to

    ensure that you have obtained a complete set of required forms and information as

    listed below:

    a. Filing Instructions and Information. (Retain for future reference.)

    b. Application for Admission, including:

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    1) Applicant Verification and Acknowledgement. This document must be signed,

    dated and notarized no more than 30 days prior to the date your application is

    filed. The Verification and Acknowledgement must be typewritten, signed in pen

    and must be filed with your completed Application and fees.

    2) Authorization and Release. This document must be signed, dated, and notarized

    no more than 30 days prior to the date your Application is filed. The

    Authorization and Release must be typewritten, signed in pen and must be filed

    with your completed Application and fees.

    3) Authorization for Release of Information regarding Bar Examination

    Performance. (To be completed by Examination Applicants) This document must

    be typewritten, signed in pen, dated, and notarized no more than 30 days prior to

    the date your Application is filed. The Authorization for Release of Information

    Regarding Bar Examination Performance must be filed with your completed

    Application and fees.

    4) Examination Regulation and Code of Conduct for Applicants to the Utah

    State Bar. (To be completed by Examination Applicants) This document must be

    signed, dated, and notarized no more than 30 days prior to the date your

    Application is filed. The Examination Regulation and Code of Conduct must be

    typewritten, signed in pen and must be filed with your completed Application

    and fees.

c. Cover Page. Complete this document, including a photograph, and attach it to the

     front of your completed Application. The Cover Page may be completed in pen and

     must be filed with your completed Application and fees.

    d. Certificate of Completion of Law School Form. Submit this form without delay to

    your law school Dean or Registrar for completion. All applicants to the Utah State

    Bar must have a J.D. from an A.B.A. law school. The Certificate of Completion of

    Law School should be filed with your completed Application and fees.

    e. Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) Background Check Form. Submit this

    form with your completed fingerprint card without delay to the Federal Bureau of

    Investigation at the West Virginia Address printed on the form. FBI processing can

    take from 8 to 12 weeks. Fingerprint cards can be obtained at your local law

    enforcement agencies or from the Utah State Bar. The processed Federal Bureau of

    Investigation Report must be filed with your completed Application and fees.

f. Driving Record. Please provide a copy of your motor vehicle records (“MVR”) for

     the last 3-year period. For applicants licensed in Utah, information on obtaining your

     MVR is available at the Department of Public Safety’s website:

     http://www.driverlicense.utah.gov. The motor vehicle driving must be filed with

     your completed Application and fees.

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    g. Character Reference Forms. Student Applicants need 6 Character Reference

    Forms; three forms to be completed by individuals generally known to the Applicant,

    and three forms to be completed by attorneys generally known to the Applicant (may

    substitute three law professors). Attorneys need 9 Character Reference Forms; three

    forms to be completed by individuals generally known to the Applicant, three forms

    to be completed by attorneys generally known to the Applicant and, three forms to be

    completed by clients. These forms may not be completed by persons related to the

    Applicant by blood or marriage or by fellow law school classmates. The Character

    Reference Forms must be filed with your completed Application and fees.

    NOTE: Any and all supplementary forms applicable to your Application, including any

    supplementary documentation must be filed with your completed Application and

    fees. The list of forms includes the following.

    h. Application Supplement Form A. Record of Military Service.

    i. Application Supplement Form B. Record of Debts and Defaults.

    j. Application Supplement Form C. Record of Bankruptcy or Insolvency.

    k. Application Supplement Form D. Record of State and Federal Tax Liens.

    l. Application Supplement Form E. Record of Civil Actions.

    m. Application Supplement Form F. Record of Criminal Cases.

    n. Application Supplement Form G. Record of Traffic Cases.

    o. Application Supplement Form H. Bonding Companies.

    p. Application Supplement Form I. Accommodations Eligibility Questionnaire.

    q. Application Supplement Form J. Law School Accommodations.

    r. Application Supplement Form K. Medical Disability Verification Form.

    s. Application Supplement Form L. Learning Disability Verification Form.

    t. Application Supplement Form M. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

    Verification Form.

    u. Application Supplement Form N. Medical/Healthcare Information Release.

v. Attorney Affiant Form (For Attorney, Foreign Attorney and Admission on Motion

     Applicants).

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    ? An Original Certificate of Good Standing (For Attorney, Student Attorney,

    Foreign Attorney and Admission on Motion Applicants) An original

    Certificate of Good Standing from all jurisdictions where licensed, dated no

    more than 30 days prior to your Application, verifying your date of admission

    and history of discipline, if any.

    ? Admission on Motion Rule. (For Admission on Motion Applicants) If you

    qualify for Admission on Motion, in addition to the Application, you must

    provide the following:

    1. A copy of the Admission on Motion Rule from the jurisdiction where you

    are licensed.

    2. A personal affidavit that you sign and have notarized attesting that you

    meet the Admission on Motion requirements of the Utah Admission on

    Motion Rule and the Admission on Motion requirements of the

    jurisdiction where licensed.

    w. Notice of Medical Alert. (To be completed by Examination Applicants) If applicable,

     this document must be typewritten and signed in ink.

x. Change of Address Form (Retain this form to report changes in your mailing

     address.)

y. Application Amendment Form (Retain this document to report changes.)

    z. Request for Bar Examination Test Accommodation General Guidelines. If

    applicable. (Retain for future reference.)

aa. Designation of Service of Process Form (To be completed by Applicants applying

    for Admission by Motion and Foreign Legal Consultants.)

bb. Reapplication for Admission Form (To be completed by Applicants applying for an

     emergency or Character and Fitness postponement or to retake the exam.) An

     Applicant who is reapplying must update any information that has changed since the

     prior application was filed and submit a new FBI criminal background check. For

     applicants eligible for a postponement, the Reapplication For Admission Form and a

     new criminal background check must be filed by October 1 for the February exam

     and March 1 for the July exam. Reapplication for Admission Forms and criminal

     background checks filed after these deadlines will be subject to late fees.

    B. APPLICATION PROCEDURES.

1. This is a continuing Application and all changes to the information provided in

    your Application must be reported, in writing, within thirty days of occurrence.

    Refer to the applicable question number for which the change applies and provide

    all details relative to that question. Changes will not be accepted by telephone or

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    e-mail. You must continue to update your Application until you are admitted to

    practice law in Utah. Failure to update your Application may result in denial of

    admission and may result in attorney discipline if you have been admitted to the

    Utah State Bar

    a. Use the Change of Address Form to report a change to your mailing address.

    (Keep the original Change of Address Form. Make copies of the form for

    reporting future changes.)

    b. Use the Application Amendment Form to report changes to information or

     responses to your Application. (Keep the original Application Amendment

     form. Make copies of the form for reporting future changes as they occur.)

     This form may not be used to register for a future examination after

     withdrawing or failing the examination.

    2. Your Application is confidential. Therefore, if you wish the Admissions Office to

    communicate with someone other than yourself concerning questions which

    might arise during the course of the background investigation or concerning the

    current status of your Application, you must submit a notarized letter naming the

    individual with whom we may communicate.

C. MORAL CHARACTER. The Character and Fitness Committee of the Utah State Bar will

     conduct a background investigation on every applicant for admission to the Bar. Under Rule

     8 of the Rules Governing Admission to the Utah State Bar all successful applicants must be

     certified to the Utah Supreme Court as morally and ethically fit prior to sitting for the Bar

     examination. Applicants whose background investigations are not completed by the date of

     the examination will have their Applications deferred to the next subsequent Bar

     examination. Any late fees that have been paid are not refundable.

    1. As part of the background investigation, the Utah State Bar will obtain a credit report

    for every applicant.

    a. If you have never resided in or established credit in the United States, you may

     be asked to submit a credit history from your country of residence.

    2. To avoid delays in the completion of the investigation be certain to provide all

     information requested in the Application, including:

    a. Complete and accurate mailing addresses for employers and references.

    b. Complete and detailed accounts of all circumstances where explanations are

    required, including dates, location and final outcome. All explanations must

    be substantiated by appropriate documentation.

    3. Persons who file late Applications will be given the lowest priority for completion of

     the background investigation and character and fitness approval. Applicants whose

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     background investigations are not completed by the date of the examination will

     have their Applications deferred to the next subsequent Bar Examination.

4. The Utah State Bar is not at liberty to engage in discussions relative to the status of

    an investigation. Applicants will be contacted, however, if explanations are

    inadequate, additional details are needed, or the Character and Fitness Committee

    requests your appearance before an Inquiry Panel to discuss matters relative to your

    character and fitness for admission.

    D. COVER PAGE

    1. The Cover Page may be completed in pen. The Cover Page must accompany the

    original and one copy of your completed Application and the required Application

    fees.

2. The Cover Page identifies the appropriate routing of your Application, thus ensuring

    fewer processing delays. Your Application will not be deemed timely filed should

    you fail to submit this document with your Application.

3. Legibly print or type your name in the space provided.

     4. Indicate on the cover page the examination month and year for which you are

     applying or that you are applying for admission by motion.

    5. Indicate whether you will handwrite or type on lap top computer, the written portion

    of the examination (“Essay & MPT questions”). Attach a nonrefundable $100

    computer registration fee if you intend to complete your Essay/MPT answers on your

    laptop. Seating is limited. Requests will be processed in the order received. The fee

    covers the software license, technical support, the site technician, disks, a separate

    test room, power and administrative costs. You will only be entitled to a refund in the

    event that your computer could not be qualified. You will not be entitled to a refund

    in the event you fail to attend the Bar exam, withdraw from the Bar Examination or

    are disqualified by the Board for any reason.

    6. Indicate if you are requesting test accommodations for a temporary or permanent

     disability which will require non-standard testing or medically prescribed equipment

     or devices during the examination. All test accommodation forms must be filed and

     requests approved in writing by the Special Accommodations Committee. Refer to

     Section E - Test Accommodations for details regarding the required forms and

     documentation to be filed.

7. Indicate whether you have taken the Multistate Professional Responsibility

    Examination (“MPRE”), the date of the examination, and your scaled score. You

    must arrange to have an official notice of your MPRE scores sent directly to the

    Admissions Office from ACT in order to meet the MPRE requirement. See Section P

    - MPRE, for additional information. If you have not taken the MPRE, you should

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    register with the National Conference of Bar Examiners (“NCBE”) for the next

    scheduled administration.

    8. Indicate whether the law school from which you received your first professional law

    degree (J.D. or L.L.B.) was accredited by the American Bar Association. If your

    school was not ABA accredited at the time of your graduation, you are not eligible to

    apply to the Utah State Bar.

E. TEST ACCOMMODATIONS. If you are temporarily or permanently disabled, and

    require testing accommodations and/or special seating, or if you have a condition which

    necessitates the use of medically prescribed devices or aids, (i.e., orthopedic chair; neck,

    wrist, or leg braces; wheelchair, crutches, etc.), you must file a Request for Test

    Accommodations using the Utah State Bar forms.

    1. The forms required for requesting accommodations are included in the “forms” section

    of this Website.

    2. Indicate on the Cover page of your Application that you are requesting accommodations

     and submit the completed forms with your Application. Late-filed Applications may

     not allow sufficient time for the Special Accommodations Committee to complete its

     review and may result in the denial of your request. All requests must be accompanied

     by current, supporting medical documentation. Incomplete requests will be denied.

    F. APPLICATION VERIFICATION AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. This is your sworn

    verification that all statements and representations in your Application are true and correct.

    The Application Verification and Acknowledgement is also your sworn statement that no

    alterations have been made to the text of the Application questions. See Section K, below,

    for penalties related to the submission of altered Applications. Signature and date of notary

    execution must be no more than 30 days prior to the date of application filing. The

    Application Verification and Acknowledgement must accompany your application and fees

    when filed.

G. AUTHORIZATION AND RELEASE. This document authorizes the Utah State Bar to

     conduct a background investigation relative to your character and fitness for admission to

     practice law. Date of signature and notary execution must be no more than 30 days prior to

     the date your application is filed. The Authorization and Release must be filed with your

     application and fees.

    H. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION BACKGROUND CHECK. Applicants

     for the Utah State Bar must submit their fingerprint cards with a Federal Bureau of

     Investigation Report Form and fee to the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the West

     Virginia address printed on the form. Please allow 8 to 12 weeks for the FBI to process

     your request. The FBI will return a background report to you. File the FBI background

     report and processed fingerprint card with your complete Application. Fingerprint cards can

     be obtained at your local law enforcement agencies or, from the Utah State Bar. The

     processed FBI Background Check must be filed with your completed Application.

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    I. CERTIFICATE OF LAW SCHOOL GRADUATION. Submit this form to the Registrar or Dean of the law school from which you received or will receive your J. D.

    for completion and certification of your law school graduation. All applicants to the Utah

    State Bar must have a J.D. from an ABA-approved law school.

1. If your Law degree (J.D.) has been conferred prior to filing your Application, your

    completed Certificate of Law School Graduation must be filed with your completed

    Application.

2. If you will complete all law school academic requirements prior to the Bar examination;

    but your law degree (J.D.) will be conferred after the Application filing deadline, your

    completed Certificate of Law School Graduation should be submitted to the Admissions

    Office no later than 15 days after degree completion. All law degree requirements must

    be met, your degree conferred and graduation certified by the law school prior to the Bar

    examination.

3. If you will complete all law school academic requirements prior to the Bar examination;

    but your law degree (J.D.) will not be conferred until after the Bar examination as a result

    of law school policies relative to the timing of graduation ceremonies, you must obtain

    authorization from the Utah State Bar to sit for the exam. Requests must be accompanied

    by written verification from the law school dean or registrar that all academic

    requirements will be completed prior to the date the Bar examination is to be

    administered, and stating the date certain upon which your degree will be

    conferred. Following your successful completion of all academic requirements for

    graduation BUT PRIOR TO THE BAR EXAMINATION, arrange for the law school

    registrar or dean to certify, in writing, that you have indeed completed all degree

    requirements and indicate the date certain that your degree will be conferred. The

    certification that you have completed all academic requirements for your law degree

    must be received by the Utah State Bar 30 days prior to the Bar examination or your

    application to sit for the exam will be denied.

    AFTER your degree has been formally conferred, arrange for the registrar or dean to

    complete the Certificate of Law School Graduation reflecting your official date

    of graduation. The form must not be executed until after the date your degree is

    conferred. Failure to submit the final Certification of Graduation will result in your

    being ineligible to be sworn in as a member of the Utah State Bar.

    K. COMPLETING AND FILING THE APPLICATION.

     1. Absolute and complete candor is required. Failure to be completely candid on your

     Application may result in denial of admission.

2. Do not alter the text or wording of the questions contained in this Application. Should

    such alterations be noted in your submissions, your Application will be denied and your

    fees forfeited. If questions arise concerning the specific language of a question,

    deference will be given to the Utah State Bar's official printed Application forms.

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3. Enter your response to each question immediately following the item to which your

    response pertains.

4. Please note that the Application is divided with HARD PAGE-BREAKS. Do not

    delete these page-breaks. When printing the hard copy of your completed

    Application, you may use as many pages as necessary to print your responses.

    5. All questions must be fully answered. Provide specific answers to each part of all

     questions. Leave no questions blank. (If the application is not complete, it will not be

     accepted.) If a particular question does not apply or the answer is "none," so state.

6. If the question calls for an explanation, provide a detailed narrative of all circumstances

     and events leading up to and surrounding the incident(s) described in your response.

7. Unless otherwise noted in the Application, all dates must include month and year.

8. All addresses, including reference and employer addresses must be current and include

     zip codes. Telephone numbers must also be provided where requested.

9. Once your Application is complete, make two copies of your Application and

    supplementary documentation; the original and one copy for filing with the Utah State

    Bar, and one copy for you to retain. Thoroughly PROOFREAD your responses. Your

    completed Application and supplementary documentation becomes the property of the

    Utah State Bar once filed. Applications are retained for seven years. Photocopies of

    all or a portion of your Application are available for $25.00.

     10. Assemble the documents as follows:

    a. Application Fee and laptop computer fee, if applicable (Attach to the Cover Page).

    b. Cover Page (Attach photograph);

     c. The original and one copy of the Application and Code of Conduct Agreement, with

     all applicable forms and supplementary documentation;

    d. Certification of Completion of Law School;

     e. FBI Background Check;

     f. Motor Vehicle Record(s)

    g. Character Reference Forms;

    h. Attorney Affiant Form (if applicable);

    i. Certificate of Good Standing (if applicable);

    j. Applicants for Admission by Motion: Please attach a copy of the Admission by

    Motion Rule from the jurisdiction where you are licensed and your personal

    affidavit attesting that you meet the requirements of Utah’s Admission by

    Motion Rule and the requirements of the Admission by Motion Rule of your

    jurisdiction;

    k. Designation of Service of Process Form (if applicable);

    l. Notice of Medical Alert Form (if applicable);

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    m. Non-Standard Testing Accommodation Request Forms, with supplemental

    documentation (if applicable).

    Under no circumstances will your Application be accepted for processing or deemed

    timely filed if submitted in handwritten form or if a diskette is submitted in lieu of the

    hard copy.

     11. Send your completed Application, fees and supplementary documents to:

    Utah State Bar

    Office of Admissions

    645 South 200 East

    Salt Lake City, Utah 84111-3834

     12. If you mail your Application, it is strongly recommended that you send it RETURN

    RECEIPT REQUESTED. If you hand-deliver your Application, bring a copy with you

    (the Utah State Bar will not make a copy for you) and ask to have your copy DATE

    STAMPED RECEIVED. This will ensure that you have a record of timely filing

    should a question arise later.

L. FILING DEADLINES.

    FEBRUARY EXAMINATION:

    Application filing deadline date October 1

    Late filing deadline date October 15 (include a $100 late fee)

    Final filing deadline date November 1 (include a $300 late fee)

    JULY EXAMINATION:

    Application filing deadline date March 1

     Late filing deadline date March 15 (include a $100 late fee)

     Final filing deadline date April 1 (include a $300 late fee)

    APPLICATIONS FOR ADMISSION BY MOTION can be submitted at any time

    however, admission to the Utah State Bar is limited to three motions for admission

    per year; February, May and October

    The original and one copy of your complete Application, with all forms and applicable

    supplementary documentation, must be filed with the Utah State Bar no later than close

    of business on the appropriate filing deadline. If the deadline date falls on a Saturday,

    Sunday or holiday the deadline date will be the first business day thereafter.

No Applications Will Be Accepted After November 1 for the February Bar Examination

    and April 1 for the July Bar Examination.

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