On December 14, 2021, the NC Supreme Court approved amendments to the Rules for the Administrative Committee, namely 27 NCAC 1D, .0902 and .0904, reinstatement rules. The amendments added the requirement that, unless an exception applies, members seeking reinstatement from inactive and suspended status after more than seven years must not only successfully complete the bar examination, but also must successfully complete the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) and the state-specific component of the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).
The amendments also removed the “grandfather clause” that excluded members who obtained inactive or suspended status prior to March 10, 2011, from the bar exam requirements.
Members who were previously covered by the “grandfather clause” have until October 14, 2022, to petition for reinstatement in order to then complete 84 CLE hours in lieu of the bar examination requirements. Petitions filed after the October 14, 2022, deadline are subject to the amended rules requiring passage of the bar exam to seek reinstatement, unless you qualify for an exemption, as noted in the rules.
You can find the reinstatement petition here.
If you have questions, please contact the NC State Bar’s Membership Department at 919-828-4620.
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