So, you are already licensed to practice law in one state and now want to become licensed in a second jurisdiction. If you are really lucky, the second jurisdiction will admit you upon a motion and the completion of an application (see Iowa for example). If you took the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) you might be lucky enough to get reciprocity from another UBE jurisdiction.
However, other jurisdictions might force you to take the complete bar exam all over again unless you meet certain requirements allowing you to take a shorter version of the bar exam called the “Attorneys’ Exam.” The requirements to qualify for the Attorneys’ Exam often include a minimum period as a licensed practicing attorney (anywhere from three to five years), and whether your license and/or degree are from somewhere outside the United States. Should you qualify for the Attorneys’ Exam and you are truly motivated, the next step you should take is to develop a viable plan for success. When developing this plan recognize your time and financial restrictions, and consider the following: