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Board of Law Examiners of the State of North Carolina

Board of Law Examiners of the State of North Carolina

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


The following questions are frequently asked about admission to the bar of North Carolina. Each of the below questions is linked to the corresponding answer.

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Frequently Asked Questions


- Is it acceptable to use fingerprint cards from another state or organization?
- How do I find out if my application has been received?
- Why is my application being returned to me?
- I would like to use my laptop computer on the bar exam. What do I need to know?
- What is the link to the ExamSoft registration page?
- What is the link to the ExamSoft FAQ page?
- Do I need to send a new photograph and Certificates of Good Standing each time I apply to take the Bar Exam?
- How can I request a receipt for application fees paid?
- What subject matter is tested on the North Carolina State Bar Exam?
- What are the requirements for an uploaded photo?
- What types of applications require an uploaded photo?
- My photo is "Expired". How do I upload a new photo?

Frequently Asked Questions


Is it acceptable to use fingerprint cards from another state or organization?

No. Please fax, email, or write us to request the correct fingerprint cards. Please read the Fingerprint Card Instructions.

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How do I find out if my application has been received?

Please request delivery notification services from the provider you use to send in your application. FedEx, UPS, and the US Postal Service all offer delivery notification services. In the weeks surrounding the deadlines, we receive several hundred applications per day. It is impossible to determine if your application is in the stacks of applications waiting to be processed. Once your application has been received and assigned to an investigative analyst for processing, your analyst will notify you.

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Why is my application being returned to me?

For an application to be considered complete, it must be signed by the Applicant and notarized; it must include the application fee, two (2) signed and notarized Authorization and Release forms; it must be submitted in a double-sided format, with every question answered, including the handwriting sample.

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I would like to use my laptop computer on the bar exam. What do I need to know?

The Board encourages laptop use and works hard to make this option function smoothly for everyone. There are deadlines for registering to use your laptop, so that the Board can ensure that the examination facility will have enough power and computer technicians available on site and so that you have time to install and test the required software. Please see the Laptop Use section of this website for more information about the laptop option.

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What is the link to the ExamSoft registration page?

www.examsoft.com/ncbar

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What is the link to the ExamSoft FAQ page?

https://bar.examsoft.com/faq/

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Do I need to send a new photograph and Certificates of Good Standing each time I apply to take the Bar Exam?

Yes.

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How can I request a receipt for application fees paid?

Please go to the “Information and Applications” tab on the home page of the website, then click on the “Deadlines & Fees” link. You will find a link to request an electronic receipt for your application fees at the top of the page. Additionally, you may call, write or fax your request.

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What subject matter is tested on the North Carolina State Bar Exam?

Please see Rule .0903 under the Rules link on this website for a list of subjects tested on the North Carolina Bar Examination.

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What are the requirements for an uploaded photo?

The acceptance of your photo is at the discretion of the Board of Law Examiners of the State of North Carolina.

Your photo must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be an image file: .png, .jpg, .jpeg
  • Must be a color photo.
  • An individual photo taken in front of a plain white background.
  • Must reflect your current appearance.
  • Full face view, directly facing the camera, with a neutral expression and both eyes open.
  • The photo should include only your shoulders and head.
  • No hat or head covering unless worn for religious purposes.
  • Glasses are permitted; however, glare in the photo is not acceptable (glare can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of the glasses or by turning off the flash).
  • Minimum size of 300 x 300 once uploaded and cropped.
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What types of applications require an uploaded photo?

Bar Exam, UBE Score Transfer, Comity and Supplemental applications are required to upload a photo.

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My photo is "Expired". How do I upload a new photo?

To do so, you can use the "Upload Photo" button in the UPLOAD YOU PHOTO box on your user homepage or in the upper right corner click on your name and choose "Edit Personal Info" from the dropdown. The "Upload New Photo" button is located below the "Place of Birth" field.

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