The state Supreme Court has agreed to a new procedure that will allow experienced lawyers from other states to practice in New Mexico without taking its bar exam.
The court announced Thursday that the new reciprocity licensure system will take effect June 1, 2015, and said a majority of other states follow similar procedures.
The change also will allow New Mexico attorneys to be admitted to practice in other states with similar reciprocal agreements, eliminating the need for them to take another bar exam in some other state.
Under a rule adopted by the court, out-of-state lawyers will have to complete a court-approved course that addresses unique matters of New Mexico law, including "Indian law, New Mexico community property law and professionalism."
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