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The Pros and Cons of Taking and Passing the Bar Exam in Multiple States

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Summary: There are advantages to practicing law in two or more states, but they aren’t as apparent as making more money or having a larger book of clients. Real work and effort needs to be put into this.
 
The Pros and Cons of Taking and Passing the Bar Exam in Multiple States
 
  • It might seem ambitious, even somewhat prestigious to have the ability to take and pass the bar, then be licensed to practice in multiple states.
  • But the fact is there are some strong drawbacks to running one’s law career in this manner.
  • One has to consider bar exam costs, travel fees and border locations, among other costs, to make multi-state legal practicing a fruitful endeavor.

There is a certain appeal to being able to practice law in multiple states. If not for the change of scenery and the opportunity to create more business, the ability to practice in multiple states can allow an attorney to also vary their practice areas, which not only offers its own potential economic advantages, having a specialization in multiple practice fields in multiple states can keep a lawyer interested and in the legal game. After all, specializing in only one practice field can become boring.

And yet, there are drawbacks to passing the bar and practicing in multiple states.

According to an article published on the Federal Bar Association website, as law students approach graduation and consider how to start their careers as practicing lawyers, one question they answer concerns where to seek admission to the bar.

In important ways, this question involves considerations about how lawyers should market their services. Like any other business professional, lawyers seek to expand the market in which they can offer their services.

The article goes on to explain that one obvious way to expand the size of a market is to do so geographically. For many lawyers, especially those who might reside or base their practice near a state border, this can mean practicing in more than one state.

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