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.


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the bar admission ceremonies sponsored by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania are cancelled.

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.