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The Supreme Court requires lawyers to be admitted to the Supreme Court and join the State Bar of Wisconsin as a condition of practicing law in the state. There are three ways to apply for admission: Diploma Privilege, Wisconsin Bar Examination, and Admission on Proof of Practice Elsewhere.

Diploma Privilege: Under diploma privilege, graduates of the University of Wisconsin Law School and Marquette University Law School are admitted to the practice of law by complying with the terms of SCR 40.03 -- their school certifies their legal competence and the Board of Bar Examiners certifies their character and fitness for the practice of law. Certain documents & fees must also be submitted. There are deadline requirements to participate in the large swearing in ceremony and to avoid having to take the Wisconsin Bar Examination.

Wisconsin Bar Examination: The Board of Bar Examiners administers the Bar examinations pursuant to SCR 40.04. There are certain required documents and fees that need to be submitted.

Admission on Proof of Practice Elsewhere: Wisconsin applies reciprocity, which means that it will be necessary for you to satisfy, as to Wisconsin, any requirements for admission on proof of practice elsewhere that the jurisdiction in which you satisfy SCR 40.05(1)(b) sets for Wisconsin lawyers applying there. For example, if the jurisdiction tests all applicants, or if it denies admission without examination to Wisconsin diploma privilege admittees, you are ineligible for admission unless you pass the Wisconsin Bar Examination.

Continuing education is a requirement regardless of the fashion that you were accepted into the Bar.

Contact the Board for more details and application packets.

Licensing Authority:
Board of Bar Examiners
110 East Main Street, Suite 715
P.O. Box 2748
Madison, WI 53701-2748
(608)266-9760   (608)266-1196 fax


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