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Bar Application

Welcome to the Hawaii bar application website. If you are interested in applying for the Hawaii bar, please read the information below.


Order Regarding November 2020 Hawaii Professionalism Course

Amended Second Order Regarding the September 2020 Bar Exam in Light of COVID-19

Applicants who met the admission requirements for the September 2020 bar examination can be admitted temporarily as an attorney in the State of Hawaii without taking the upcoming written examination by electing to be admitted via provisional license. These applicants must take a later bar examination prior to July 1, 2022, the expiration date of the provisional license. Prior to the start of the September 2020 bar exam, applicants may also choose to defer sitting for the exam to a later exam date. For either option, the applicant would not be required to pay an additional application fee.

If you wish to choose either option — deferral or provisional license — please send an email to with your written request.

Provisional Law License as Alternative to Sitting for Hawaii Bar Exam

Supreme Court Announces Further Adjustments to Bar Exam in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic 

Examination Dates & Application Deadlines

Bar Exam September 9-10, 2020

By order of the Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii, the Hawaii bar exam originally scheduled for July 28-29, 2020, will now be held September 9-10, 2020 at the Hawaii Convention Center.


If you want to sit for the:

  • February examination, the application must be submitted by November. 1.
  • July examination, the application must be submitted by April 1.

Bar examinations are given on Tuesday and Wednesday during the week of the last Wednesday of February and July.


  • Effective February 2014, the bar examination fee will be $500.00. Fees will not be transferred or refunded. If you wish to pay on-line by credit card please have your credit card ready. After you select “Pay” you will be required to enter your payment information.
  • You will be required to pay a fee to the National Conference of Bar Examiners when you complete and submit your NCBE HAWAII Character and Fitness Application.
  • A laptop user fee will be assessed by ExamSoft


NOTE:  The application for the July 2020 bar examination will not require a notary certification for Form No. 3:  Authorization and Release.

  1. Review the Hawaii Bar Application instructions. You are required to submit a copy of the NCBE HAWAII Character and Fitness Application with your Hawaii Bar Application.
  2. In preparing for the Hawaii Bar Application, read the Rules of the Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii, Rule 1 with particular attention to Rule 1.3 and the  Hawaii Board of Bar Examiners Rules of Procedure
  3. The applicant is responsible for submitting a complete application. Incomplete applications may be rejected. The applicant must:
  1. Review the application and forms to determine the attachments needed. Be aware of the dated material requirements.
  2. Assemble the required forms and attachments as Adobe PDF files (for electronic applications) or paper copies (for paper applications),
  3. Submit the forms and attachments with the application or as otherwise instructed.
  4. Rule 1.17 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii the Limited admission of United States Uniformed Services spouse-attorneys was effective as of July 1, 2018.  To qualify under this rule, you must meet all requirements as stated in Rule 1.17 and all other court rules as specified.  When applying for admission to the Bar of the State of Hawaii, follow the Hawaii Bar Application Instructions as provided above.  In addition, file a written request to identify your application for admission is pursuant to Rule 1.17 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii.  

The Hawaii Board of Examiners recommends for admission to the bar individuals who have demonstrated minimum competency and requisite character. The Board may recommend for admission only applicants who have proven a record of conduct that will justify the trust of clients, adversaries, courts, and others with respect to professional responsibilities. See, e.g., Rule 1.3 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii and In re W.D.P., 104 Hawaii 435, 91 P.3d 1078 (2004).


Please direct all electronic Bar Application questions to the SCCO (Supreme Court Clerks Office) help line at 539-4789, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. HST. For other general questions regarding the Bar Application, please email or call the Board of Examiners Office at 539-4977.