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Reciprocal Jurisdictions

(Updated 11/13/2012)

It is important to recognize that admission rules in every jurisdiction are subject to change and Alaskan attorneys seeking specific knowledge about a particular jurisdiction’s actual admission criteria should contact that jurisdiction directly. Note that many jurisdictions have residency requirements and the required time in the practice of law varies.

The American Bar Association maintains a directory for all state bar admissions offices.

Following is our most current list of jurisdictions that allow admission without examination (commonly called reciprocity):

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin (if admitted by Bar Exam in WI)
  • Wyoming


For the curious, the following jurisdictions do NOT have reciprocity with Alaska:

  • California
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
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