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The New Hampshire Bar Exam: What happens after I pass the Bar?

This guide explains the process of applying for admission to the New Hampshire bar and taking the New Hampshire bar exam.

Practical Skills Course Requirement

Within two years of admission, each person admitted to practice law in New Hampshire must attend a practical skills course presented by the New Hampshire Bar Association.  The course will assist new admittees in developing basic lawyering skills and in gaining practical knowledge of New Hampshire practice and procedures. Attendance is required and each new admittee will be required to execute an affidavit stating that he or she has attended each session of the course unless otherwise excused by the supreme court, but no test will be required. 


All attorneys admitted to practice in New Hampshire must join the New Hampshire Bar Association members and pay annual dues. The annual fee for the first year of your admission and the next two fiscal years will be at a reduced level from that of members with four or more years practice. The number of years that a new admittee has already spent as a member of any other Bar shall be subtracted from this three year period. Newly admitted members of the Bar are required to pay a prorated membership fee for the fraction of the Association's fiscal year in which their original admission shall occurs.

Dues bills are sent the 1st of the month following the month sworn-in to the NH Bar and are then due every year on July 1st.  


Every active New Hampshire Bar member is required to complete twelve hours of continuing legal education each year.  At least two hours of continuing legal education shall be in the area of legal ethics, professionalism or the prevention of malpractice, substance abuse or attorney-client disputes. Half of the required twelve hours must be attended in person by the attorney. All NH Bar CLEs are administered by the Bar center however, the CLE Board may also give credit for courses taken outside New Hampshire.  Attorneys can also get CLE credit for teaching, and writing on legal topics.