Iowa Court Rules 31.12 and 31.13 govern admission to the Iowa Bar for attorneys licensed in other jurisdictions. The process in Iowa is called Admission on Motion. Attorneys must hold a law license and have practiced law for five of the past seven years in another state or the District of Columbia.
The process in Iowa is not based on bar reciprocity with other jurisdictions. Attorneys meeting the requirements may apply for admission.
|Attorneys from these states may be Admitted on Motion in Iowa|
Iowa’s additional reciprocity requirements include:
Law Degree. Iowa does not require graduation from an ABA approved law school.
Character and Fitness. The attorney must meet the applicable character and fitness standards.
Good Standing and Prior Failed Bar Exam. Attorneys cannot be subject to current discipline in another jurisdiction and cannot have failed the Iowa bar exam within five years of the application date. Attorneys cannot have failed five or more bar exams.
Practice of Law. Attorneys must hold a law license and have practiced law for five of the past seven years in another state or the District of Columbia. “Practice of law” includes:
*Practice under the Iowa House Counsel Authorization qualifies towards the duration requirement.
MPRE. The Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) is not required.
Attorneys eligible for Admission on Motion in Iowa must complete the online Application. All certifications should be submitted within one month of the NCBE electronic application.
The process normally takes two to four months to complete. Approved attorneys must take the oath of admission within six months of the date of when the application was granted or the application is deemed denied.