Qualifications of an Attorney to Practice Law
An attorney may practice law only in those states in which she or he holds a license to practice.
The licensing process varies from state to state. Most states only admit persons who have a degree from alaw school approved by the American Bar Association, and who have passed a grueling licensing examination called the bar exam.
A few states have less stringent standards.
Character committees in every state review the personal and professional histories of bar applicants to ensure that they possess the integrity to practice law.
A client should feel free to check the qualifications, educational background, and professional history of an attorney.