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North Carolina State Bar

by Armistead Jones Maupin, 2006

Cover of the North Carolina State Bar's 2011 handbook. Image from the North Carolina Historic Sites.The North Carolina State Bar was created by the General Assembly in 1933 as an agency of the state. Its purpose is to render more effective service and improve administrative justice, particularly in matters pertaining to bar admission as well as disciplining and disbarring attorneys-at-law. No person other than a member of the State Bar may participate in the proceedings of any North Carolina court or otherwise engage in the practice of law.

The government of the State Bar is vested in a council, which is elected by the bar members from the state's various judicial districts. The council, in turn, elects the officers of the State Bar. To practice law in North Carolina, applicants must pass an examination, then be licensed by the Board of Law Examiners, which is appointed by the council. The council also promulgates and enforces rules of professional conduct.

Additional Resources:

North Carolina State Bar website: (accessed November 15, 2012).

North Carolina State Bar Journal. (accessed November 15, 2012).

North Carolina State Bar. North Carolina State Bar lawyer's handbook. 1995-present. (accessed November 15, 2012).

"An Act to Provide for the Organization as an Agency of the State of North Carolina of The North Carolina State Bar, and for its Regulation, Powers, and Government, Including the Admission of Lawyers to Practice and Their Discipline and Disbarment." Public laws and resolutions passed by the General Assembly at its session of 1933. Charlotte [N.C.]: The Observer Printing House, Inc.1933. p.313-324. (accessed November 15, 2012).

"North Carolina State Bar." Martindale-Hubbell. LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. (accessed November 15, 2012).

North Carolina State Bar: final commission report. Raleigh, N.C.: Governmental Evaluation Commission. 1980.

"Proposed act to incorporate the Bar of North Carolina: approved by the North Carolina Bar Association, Asheville Meeting, 1932." Raleigh, N.C.: Edwards & Broughton Co. 1932.

Image Credits:

North Carolina State Bar. North Carolina State Bar lawyer's handbook. 1995-present. (accessed November 15, 2012).