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The Delaware Bar Exam – how to sign up; what is required

The Board of Bar Examiners (BBE) handles the implementation of all rules related to the certification of attorneys for the Supreme Court and administers the Bar Exam.  The BBE website is https://www.courts.delaware.gov/bbe/faqs.aspx.

This website will detail all the information necessary for the applicant to take the Delaware Bar and includes access to the application and lists all requirements.

The Bar Application is an electronic application and is located on the Board’s website. All required documents and information must be uploaded with the Application at the time of filing. Applications filed that are not complete will be rejected and will not be considered by the Board. Refer to the Application instructions for a complete list of what must be filed with an Application.

Fingerprinting and Background Checks – All applicants must be fingerprinted.  Refer to the BBE website for more information as to how to do this.  You are urged to submit all background check requests to the federal and Delaware state bureaus of investigation as soon as possible, as the completed checks must be uploaded to your bar application not later than September 1. It can often take 90 days or more to receive your background checks. Character and Fitness Investigations will not be done on Applicants who have not submitted these reports.

The Delaware Bar Exam

The Board of Bar Examiners (BBE) handles the implementation of all rules related to the certification of attorneys for the Supreme Court and administers the Bar Exam.  The BBE website is https://www.courts.delaware.gov/bbe/faqs.aspx.

Can I get CLE Credit for Pro Bono Work?

The CLE Commission Rules govern this question.  See the CLE Commission Rules.

Upon application to the CLE Commission, you may get credit for certain Pro Bono activities; an attorney may receive one credit hour for every 6 hours of pro bono work.

The attorney cannot exceed 6 CLE credits per their 2-year CLE reporting period.

CLE Transcript Issues

An attorney’s CLE transcript and any questions concerning the transcript should be directed to the Delaware Supreme Court CLE Commission.  Their website is found here:  https://courts.delaware.gov/cle/ and their phone number is 302-651-3941.

The CLE Commission permits all attorneys to log in to their own account to see their current CLE credit transcript and this will allow them to review their current total credits.  That website is:  https://www.desclms.org/Security/SignIn.aspx. You will need to know your user ID and password.

If you took a DSBA CLE, your credits will be reported if you filed a certificate of attendance following a live CLE.  If you attended a Zoom CLE, DSBA will receive your attendance information automatically.  DSBA reports all CLE credits within 45 days of attendance.  If your issue is with whether DSBA has reported your CLE credits to the Commission, contact LTucker@dsba.org to inquire if the credits have been reported.

If you took a CLE through another organization, you will need to check with that organization to see whether they will file your credits for you or if you will need to file the certificate with the CLE Commission.  DSBA does not file credits for non-DSBA courses.

Paying or Renewing Dues for Membership

You can pay your dues anytime on this page (Membership & Dues).

Remember you can always click JOIN/RENEW at the top of our homepage.

How to Add Your Photo to Your Legal Directory Entry:

You cannot add or edit your own picture.  Please submit your photo by email to:  websitesupport@dsba.org and be certain the picture’s name is your Bar ID. (e.g. 2718)

How do I login to dsba.org for the 1st time?

Please visit this page (Logging in For The First Time), enter your email address, bar ID, and submit the form (see picture to the right). If the form doesn’t report an error you should receive an email within 15 minutes with a secure link that will allow you to set your password. Please follow the instructions in the email to set your password and login.

NOTE: The email address you submit s your username and must match the one on file for you with the DSBA. If you are unsure or need to change your email address, please contact the DSBA’s Director of Bar Services and Membership (Contact Us).

NOTE: You must use the secure link within 3 hours or it will expire. If it does expire, you can go back to the “Logging in For The First Time” page and submit the form again to receive a new email with a fresh link.

You can get your registration code on this page (Mobile App Registration Code).

Please visit this page (Resetting Your Password), enter your email address, bar ID, and submit the form. If the form doesn’t report an error you should receive an email within 15 minutes with a secure link that will allow you to set your password. Please follow the instructions in the email to set your password and login.

NOTE: The email address you submit s your username and must match the one on file for you with the DSBA. If you are unsure or need to change your email address, please contact the DSBA’s Director of Bar Services and Membership (Contact Us).

NOTE: You must use the secure link within 3 hours or it will expire. If it does expire, you can go back to the “Resetting Your Password” page and submit the form again to receive a new email with a fresh link.

Preceptors (for Admission to the Bar)

The Board of Bar Examiners (BBE) handles the implementation of all rules related to the certification of attorneys for the Supreme Court and administers the Bar Exam, including the identification of an applicant’s preceptor.  The BBE website is https://www.courts.delaware.gov/bbe/faqs.aspx.

A preceptor is often an employer or friend of the applicant to the Bar who agrees to serve as a mentor and supervisor through the application and clerkship process which is required by the BBE.

Student members of the DSBA have access to our Mentoring program which can offer attorneys interested in serving as a preceptor.

My credit card won’t work in purchasing something…what’s happening?

There could be a number of issues:

BILLING ADDRESS: Perhaps the biggest problem is that the billing address you’ve entered is not the same as the one on your credit card.

CARD EXPIRATION: Has your card expired?  Check the expiration date.

If you still are having problems, please email reception@dsba.org.

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