Becoming a Lawyer

To practice law in Missouri, one must be licensed to do so. There currently are more than 28,000 attorneys licensed in Missouri. Each year, more than 1,000 people apply to become licensed as attorneys in Missouri, making them members of The Missouri Bar. The Supreme Court of Missouri regulates admission to the bar.


Most individuals seeking to become licensed apply through the Missouri Board of Law Examiners, which is authorized by Supreme Court Rule 8 to conducts the bar examination and determine the character, fitness and eligibility of all applicants for admission. Visit for information and application forms.

Attorneys licensed in other states seeking limited admission in Missouri for specific cases may apply for this special admission (pro hac vice) through the attorney enrollment section of the clerk of the Supreme Court's office.

Missouri Board of Law Examiners
P.O. Box 104236, Jefferson City, Missouri 65110-4236
1700 Jefferson Street, Jefferson City, MO 65109 (for overnight delivery)
Phone (573) 751-9814
General Fax (573) 751-5335
Character & Fitness Fax (573) 751-6224