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General Application Questions

1) How do I handle my specific situation regarding page 6 of the application and my employment history (i.e., the business is closed down, a former supervisor is no longer with the company, etc.)?
2) Do internships count as employment?
3) I have a health condition that is controlled by medication. Should I report that in response to Question 18 of the application?
4) If I am re-applying, what information do I need to include supplementary to the reapplication?
5) How long will Alaska accept an MPRE score?
6) Where can I go to get fingerprinted?
7) Is there a specific fingerprint card I need to use?
8) Which parts of the fingerprint card should I fill out?
9) Do I need to list exact dates for employment, education, etc. on my application?
10) May I print my application double-sided?
11) What payment methods are accepted?
12) What paper size should I print my application materials on?
13) Who requests the Certificate of Graduation from my law school, and what exactly is it?

Bar Exam

1) I applied to take the bar exam before, but withdrew before taking the exam. Is any part of my application kept on file? How should I proceed?
2) Do I need to write two separate checks for the application fee and the Examsoft fee?

Reciprocity

1) In order to comply with Bar Rule 2, Section 2(2), must I have practiced 5 of the last 7 years in the state from which I am applying via reciprocity?
2) Is my state a reciprocal jurisdiction with Alaska?
3) Is there a form affidavit to use for the three affidavits attesting to the active practice of law?
4) How long does it take for the Alaska Bar Association to process a reciprocity application?
5) Is there a way for the Alaska Bar to expedite the processing of my Reciprocity application?
6) Which items must be submitted with the original application, and which items can be submitted afterward?

Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)

1) How long does it take for the Alaska Bar Association to process a UBE score transfer application?
2) Is there a way for the Alaska Bar to expedite the processing of my UBE score transfer application?

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General Application Questions

1) How do I handle my specific situation regarding page 6 of the application and my employment history (i.e., the business is closed down, a former supervisor is no longer with the company, etc.)?

A: Please see more information regarding how to handle these specific situations. If your situation is not addressed here, or if you still have questions, please contact the Admissions Assistant for more information.

2) Do internships count as employment?

A: Yes. All work history should be included, even if unpaid.

3) I have a health condition that is controlled by medication. Should I report that in response to Question 18 of the application?

A: Yes. Please provide a full explanation, in writing, of the condition and how it is controlled.

4) If I am re-applying, what information do I need to include supplementary to the reapplication?

A: Please see list.

5) How long will Alaska accept an MPRE score?

A: Effective October 15, 2013, Alaska will accept MPRE scores taken not more than 8 years prior to the applicant’s Alaska application for admission. Please contact us if you have questions about this.

6) Where can I go to get fingerprinted?

A: You can get fingerprinted anywhere that offers fingerprinting services. If you are in Alaska, please see list of service providers.  If you are not in Alaska, a simple internet search should provide you with contact information for providers in your area.

7) Is there a specific fingerprint card I need to use?

A: Yes. Any fingerprint service provider can usually provide you with the card. Ask for the Standard Applicant Card (FD-258). Alternatively, you can email the Bar Office and request that one be mailed to you.

8) Which parts of the fingerprint card should I fill out?

A: Download the instructions.

9) Do I need to list exact dates for employment, education, etc. on my application?

A: You will need to include at least the month and year. Include the exact dates if you have them.

10) May I print my application double-sided?

A: No. Please print the application single-sided.

11) What payment methods are accepted?

A: We accept checks, money orders, cashier’s checks, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover Card. You may call and give your credit card information over the phone. If you are hand-delivering your application, we will accept cash in exact change.

12) What paper size should I print my application materials on?

A: Please print everything on letter size (8.5” x 11”) paper. Do not use legal size.

13) Who requests the Certificate of Graduation from my law school, and what exactly is it?

A:  It is your responsibility to request that your law school send your Certificate of Graduation directly to us. The Certificate of Graduation is an original letter, on school letterhead, verifying your degree and the date received. If the school uses a seal, it will also include the school seal. Most law schools are familiar with this document, but if they have questions, please have them contact our office and ask for admissions.

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Bar Exam

1) I applied to take the bar exam before, but withdrew before taking the exam. Is any part of my application kept on file? How should I proceed?

A: We generally keep everything from your original application on file for five years. Since you only need to send us any new information, you may use the reapplication instead of filing a complete application again. However, since you have not actually taken the exam before, the same fees and deadlines that would apply to an original application, will apply to you. Disregard the part of the reapplication form that says that the fee is $500. 

2) Do I need to write two separate checks for the application fee and the Examsoft fee?

A: You may write one check for the total amount.

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Reciprocity

1) In order to comply with Bar Rule 2, Section 2(2), must I have practiced 5 of the last 7 years in the state from which I am applying via reciprocity?

A: No. Bar Rule. 2, Section 2(2) states that you must have been actively practicing law  “in one or more states, territories or the District of Columbia” for five of the last 7 years immediately preceding the date of your application. The practice can have taken place in any state in which you were legitimately practicing.

2) Is my state a reciprocal jurisdiction with Alaska?

A: View the list of reciprocal jurisdictions.

3) Is there a form affidavit to use for the three affidavits attesting to the active practice of law?

A: No, there is no form that we provide.  Each affiant would provide his or her own wording, either stating that they have personal knowledge that you have been actively practicing law for five of the last seven years, or attesting to the specific dates that they know you have been actively practicing law.  The three affidavits together should establish active practice for five of the past seven years.  The affiants should state their position and how they know the applicant.

4) How long does it take for the Alaska Bar Association to process a reciprocity application?

A:  Once we receive your application, we start the character investigation process. This can take at least 3-4 months, depending on each individual application. There is no way for us to expedite this process as we treat all applications with priority. Once the character investigation is complete, your application will be reviewed at the next regularly scheduled Board Meeting. Since we cannot guarantee a time frame for your reciprocity application to be completed, it is best that you get your application turned in to us as soon as possible before the time you are hoping to be admitted.

5) Is there a way for the Alaska Bar to expedite the processing of my Reciprocity application?

A:  No. Each application is already treated with priority.

6) Which items must be submitted with the original application, and which items can be submitted afterward?

A:  The minimum you must submit with your application is the application itself, the application fee of $1500, the two passport-size photos, the fingerprint card, the authorization and release form, and the character and fitness forms corresponding to your employment and/or personal references.  Other documentation can be submitted after your initial application date; however, we must have all documentation timely for your application to be reviewed by the Board of Governors.

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Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)

1) How long does it take for the Alaska Bar Association to process a UBE score transfer application?

A:  Once we receive your application, we start the character investigation process. This can take at least 3-4 months, depending on each individual application. There is no way for us to expedite this process as we treat all applications with priority. Once the character investigation is complete, your application will be reviewed at the next regularly scheduled Board Meeting. Since we cannot guarantee a time frame for your reciprocity application to be completed, it is best that you get your application turned in to us as soon as possible before the time you are hoping to be admitted.

2) Is there a way for the Alaska Bar to expedite the processing of my UBE score transfer application?

A:  No. Each application is already treated with priority.

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(Updated 12/4/2013)

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