Motion through Reciprocity
Admission to the Utah State Bar is limited to four motions for admission per year: February, May, August, and October. After the application has been processed and approved by the Character and Fitness Committee, you will be eligible to be admitted on the next scheduled motion. An application for admission by motion can be filed at any time. However, keep in mind that processing the application can take 6 months or longer. This means that in order to ensure that you are admitted on a specific motion you must file the application at least six months before that motion (e.g. if you want to ensure admission in October you must file your application by April).
Because the Motion Application fee is non-refundable, please verify that you are eligible for Admission by Motion before submitting your application. To assist in your determination you may find it helpful to consult the Active Practice Disclaimer.
BEFORE beginning the application process, you MUST read the Rules Governing Admission to the Utah State Bar as well as the Filing Instructions below.
Applicants to the Utah State Bar must create a Synergy account by going to: https://admissions.utahbar.org. Through this account you will complete and submit an online application, upload the required supplementary documentation, and receive status updates.
Before registering, applicants must ensure that *utahbar.org is a white-listed domain. Otherwise, you may not receive the confirmation email that is necessary to activate your account. Please do NOT use a school email address to register your account.
The application process is designed to be completed personally by the Applicant. It is the policy of the Bar to correspond solely with the Applicant regarding a current or potential application. This includes questions about how to complete the application. Third parties such as family members or legal assistants may not act as intermediaries between the Applicant and the Bar. Exceptions to this policy are limited to extraordinary circumstances such as overseas military service. In such cases the Applicant may provide a signed and notarized document specifying the individual with whom we should communicate and the dates when the applicant will be unavailable.
Rules Governing Admission
You should become familiar with the Rules Governing Admission. Those listed below are especially relevant to Applicants applying for Admission by Motion: