In order to be qualified for reciprocal admission pursuant to Maine Bar Admission Rule 11A, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Is admitted to practice law in another state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia and is an active member of the bar in good standing [see M.B.A.R. 11A(a)(1)].
  • Has been primarily engaged in the active practice of law in either New Hampshire or Vermont for at least three (3) years prior to the date of application [see M.B.A.R. 11A(a)(2)(A) and 11A(a)(2)(B)]; OR
  • Has been primarily engaged in the active practice of law for at least five (5) of the seven (7) years immediately preceding the date upon which the motion is filed in one or more other jurisdictions, one of which allows admission without examination of persons admitted and in good standing to practice law in the State of Maine. [see M.B.A.R. 11A(a)(2)(C)].
  • Has graduated from a law school approved by the American Bar Association meeting the criteria listed in M.B.A.R. 11A(a)(3).
  • Is not currently subject to lawyer discipline or the subject of a pending disciplinary matter in any jurisdiction; [see M.B.A.R. 11A(a)(6)].
  • Has not failed the Maine Bar Examination within five (5) years of the date of application and has not resigned, been disbarred, or been suspended from the Maine bar [see M.B.A.R. 11A(b)].

In addition to the above criteria, before applicants can be certified for reciprocal admission pursuant to M.B.A.R. 11A, they must:

  • Satisfactorily complete the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination in accordance with Rule 11, prior to the date on which the motion is filed; [see M.B.A.R. 11A(a)(4)].
  • Produce satisfactory evidence of good character and fitness to practice law in the State of Maine pursuant to M.B.A.R. 9 [see M.B.A.R. 11A(a)(7)].
  • Produce evidence that they have completed at least fifteen (15) hours of continuing legal education in Maine practice and procedure in courses approved by the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. Please note that this requirement must be completed within one year from the date of application. [See M.B.A.R. 11A(a)(8)].

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