Bar Admission Certification and Licensure

To be licensed, you must submit an Application for Admission to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania along with your Certificate Recommending Admission to the Bar to the Pittsburgh office of the Prothonotary of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania within six months of the date on the certificate. If you fail to submit these materials within six months, your Certificate will lapse. In that case, you will be required to complete and submit to the Board of Law Examiners a Supplemental Application for Character and Fitness Determination with the applicable filing fee. If an applicant has not filed a motion for admission within three years of the date of the examination results, the applicant will be required to reapply and successfully meet all of the requirements for admission to the bar including, where applicable, the taking and passing of a future bar examination.

The Supreme Court sponsors ceremonies for newly admitted attorneys. They are not required for admission.

Any questions about the Application for Admission should be directed to the Prothonotary's office at 412-565-2816.



Tuesday, December 11, 2018

City Hall, Room 653
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Admittee's last name beginning with A-K
Report at 9:30 am
Ceremony at 10:30 am

Admittee's last name beginning with L-Z
Report at 12:00 pm
Ceremony at 1:00 pm

Monday, December 3, 2018

Supreme Court Courtroom
434 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Report at 11:00 am
Ceremony at 12:00 pm


Monday, December 10, 2018

Omni William Penn Hotel
530 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, PA  15219

Report at 9:30 am
Ceremony at 10:30 am

From time to time, special group ceremonies may also be scheduled; for example, a law school may arrange to have a Justice of the Court preside at a ceremony for its graduates or a county bar association may sponsor a local ceremony. These events are the responsibility of the sponsoring organization, which should be contacted for all details.