Admission to Practice Law in Tennessee

There are two ways to be admitted to practice law in Tennessee - successfully passing the bar exam or through admittance by comity (i.e. reciprocity). Instructions for applying by bar exam or by comity can be found on the Board of Law Examiners website.

Once  you have been admitted to practice law by the Board of Law Examiners, there are a number of steps you must take to receive your law license. Please review the instructions for successful bar applicants or the instructions for comity applicants for information on the required steps you must take.


Board of Law Examiners
511 Union Street, Suite 525
Nashville, TN 37219
Phone: 615-741-3234

Board of Professional Responsibility
10 Cadillac Drive, Suite 220 
Brentwood, TN 37027
Phone: (615) 361-7500 or (800) 486-5714
Fax: (615) 367-2480

Appellate Court Clerks' Offices