Colorado Supreme Court
Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel
Promoting Professionalism. Protecting the Public.
Eligibility Requirements for Admission On Motion
In accordance with C.R.C.P. 203.2, eligibility for On Motion admission in Colorado is available to those who have been admitted in a U.S. jurisdiction that allows admission On Motion to Colorado attorneys and who have “been primarily engaged in the active practice of law” for at least three of the five years immediately preceding application to Colorado.
Persons who file an On Motion application, but who are determined to not qualify for on motion admission, may transfer the application to the next scheduled bar exam. No refunds will be given. A decision to transfer an On Motion application to the bar examination must be submitted in writing no later than 30 days following the determination that an On Motion application is non-qualifying.
a. be admitted in good standing “to the bar of another state, territory, or district of the United States which allows admission to licensed Colorado attorneys On Motion without the requirement of taking that jurisdiction’s bar examination”;
b. hold a J.D or LL.B. degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association;
c. have been “primarily engaged in the active practice of law in one or more other” U.S. jurisdictions for at least three of the five years “immediately preceding the date upon which the application is filed” in Colorado;
d. be in good standing “in all jurisdictions where admitted”;
e. not be currently “subject to attorney discipline or the subject of a pending disciplinary matter in any jurisdiction,” and be “current with all continuing legal education requirements”; and
f. possess the character and fitness required of all applicants for admission to the practice of law in Colorado.
Successful completion of the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) with a scaled score of at least 85, taken on an examination administered no more than two years prior to the date of application, is required. The MPRE requirement need not be fulfilled prior to filing an application, but must be completed prior to final approval for admission to the Colorado Bar. See C.R.C.P 203.2(5).
Pursuant to C.R.C.P. 211.3(1) and (2), On Motion applicants must “take the oath of admission prescribed by the Supreme Court” no more than eighteen months following the application is approved by the Colorado Supreme Court.