List of Reciprocal Jurisdictions

Reciprocal Jurisdictions for Admission on Motion

General Rule on Admission by Motion РMaine Bar Admission Rule 11A authorizes admission to the Maine bar without examination for applicants who, among other things:

  • are admitted to practice law in another state, territory, or the District of Columbia that allows admission without examination of persons admitted to practice law in Maine under circumstances comparable to those set forth in the rule, MBAR 11A(a)(1); and
  • have been primarily engaged in the active practice of law in a state, territory, or the District of Columbia for at least five of the seven years immediately preceding the date upon which the motion is filed, MBAR 11A(a)(2)(C); or in the case of New Hampshire and Vermont attorneys, at least three years¬†immediately preceding the date upon which the motion is filed, MBAR 11A(a)(2)(A) and (B).

It is the applicant’s burden to demonstrate that the jurisdiction in question allows admission without examination of Maine attorneys under circumstances comparable to those set forth in Rule 11A.

A preliminary determination has been made that the following allow admission without examination of persons admitted to practice law in Maine under circumstances comparable to those set forth in Rule 11A:

  • ALABAMA
  • ALASKA
  • ARIZONA
  • COLORADO
  • CONNECTICUT
  • DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
  • GEORGIA
  • IDAHO
  • ILLINOIS
  • INDIANA
  • IOWA
  • KANSAS
  • MASSACHUSETTS
  • MICHIGAN
  • MINNESOTA
  • MISSISSIPPI
  • MISSOURI
  • NEBRASKA
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE *
  • NEW JERSEY
  • NEW MEXICO
  • NEW YORK
  • NORTH CAROLINA
  • NORTH DAKOTA
  • OHIO
  • OKLAHOMA
  • OREGON
  • PENNSYLVANIA
  • TENNESSEE
  • TEXAS
  • UTAH
  • VERMONT *
  • VIRGINIA
  • WASHINGTON
  • WEST VIRGINIA
  • WISCONSIN
  • WYOMING

*Attorneys who have been in active practice in New Hampshire and Vermont for at least three years immediately preceding the date upon which the motion is filed will qualify for reciprocal admission under MBAR 11A(a)(2)(A) and (B).

This list is for the convenience of prospective applicants for admission on motion and is subject to change without notice. The Board does not continuously monitor the admission on motion rules of other jurisdictions, and the inclusion of a jurisdiction in this list is not binding on the Board.


A preliminary determination has been made that the following states do notallow admission without examination of persons admitted to practice law in Maine.

  • CALIFORNIA
  • DELAWARE
  • FLORIDA
  • HAWAII
  • LOUISIANA
  • MARYLAND
  • MONTANA
  • NEVADA
  • RHODE ISLAND
  • SOUTH CAROLINA