Admission to practice law

receiving a license to practice law

Lawyers are given permission to practice law when they get a license to practice law. There are two types of lawyers, barristers and solicitors. Barristers have to get admission to the bar, but solicitors have to get different certificates.

United StatesEdit

In the United States, there is only one type of lawyer,[1] but there used to be two types until the American Bar Association chose to only have one in 1921.[2] By 1980, only Mississippi, Montana, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wisconsin still had two types of lawyers.[3] As of 2020, Wisconsin is the only state that still has two types of lawyers.[4][5][6]


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  3. Goldman, Thomas (1974-01-01). "Use of the Diploma Privilege in the United States". Tulsa Law Review. 10 (1): 36.
  4. Ward, Stephanie Francis (2020-04-21). "Bar exam does little to ensure attorney competence, say lawyers in diploma privilege state". ABA Journal. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
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