Information on Bar Admission Education

To qualify to sit for the bar exam, Pennsylvania Bar Admission Rule 203(2)(i) requires:

Except as provided in subparagraph 2(ii) of this Rule, completion of the study of law at and receipt without exception of an earned Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree from a law school that was an accredited law school at the time the applicant matriculated or graduated. See Rule 205 (relating to admission of graduates of foreign institutions) for standards applicable to graduates of foreign law schools;

Bar Admission Rule 102 defines the wording “accredited law school” as “A law school accredited by the American Bar Association.”

Applicants that pursue a program of education accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) that includes online study will meet the education requirement of the rule as stated above.

Following is a sample list of law schools that as of December 2018 offer or will soon offer ABA-accredited online hybrid JD programs. Please contact each law school independently for details concerning their programs.