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How to Become a Lawyer in the State of Washington

Updated on January 16, 2011

The road to become a lawyer in the State of Washington can be long and challenging. The rewards, however, once you reach the end are also great. Financial rewards as well as the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped people in a time of need make the sacrifice worthwhile. If you are considering becoming a lawyer in the State of Washington, it is in your best interest to understand the process and plan many years ahead.

Step 1

Complete your undergraduate degree at a four year college or university. There is no "pre-law" major, but you must receive a Bachelor's degree in the major of your choice. After undergraduate school, complete three years of study at an American Bar Association accredited law school and graduate with a Juris Doctorate degree.

Step 2

Apply to the Washington State Bar Association to take the Washington State Bar examination. As part of the application process, you will also be subject to a character and fitness review to determine if you are a suitable candidate to practice law in Washington.

Step 3

Receive a passing score on the Bar examination and complete a required four hour pre-licensing program that the State of Washington has mandated for applicants.

Step 4

Take the oath of attorney that can be given by any judge or at one of the regularly scheduled swearing in ceremonies through the State of Washington.

For further information, contact the Washington State Bar Association at


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