University of Pittsburgh

Completing a Bar Application in Pittsburgh

Fingerprinting  

If you have lived only in Pennsylvania and are taking the PA bar, you don't need to get fingerprints.  If you have lived in any other states, most likely you will need to submit fingerprints to that state to obtain your criminal history record.  If so, obtain fingerprinting cards from the state at issue or from the local FBI office if the state at issue uses the FBI card. The University of Pittsburgh Police provides fingerprinting services at its station at 3412 Forbes Avenue (across from Arby's) from 2:00 - 3:00, M-F, $10 per set with Pitt I.D., cash only. Call in advance at 412 624-4040.

Notary

Portions of most bar applications have to be notarized.  Once you have determined all the parts that need to be notarized, choose a notary from the list below.  Bring a photo i.d. with you, and do not sign until you are in the presence of the notary.

  • Document Technology Center, first floor of the law school, 9:00 - 1:00 and 2:00 - 3:00, M-F, $5 per seal
  • Law Clinics, 5220 Sennott Square Building, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Thursdays
  • The S.O.R.C. office, 833 Pitt Union, 11:00-1:00 M-F, call in advance (624-7116) $5 per seal, cash only

Money Orders/Certified Checks  

Most state bars and most state criminal information offices require payment by money order or certified check. If your bank charges more than $1 for either, consider these options:

  • US Post Office, Bouquet Street ($1.20 per m.o. up to $500) (cash or debit card only)
  • Rite Aid , 209 Atwood Street (79 cents per m.o.; $500 maximum)

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Revised 09/28/2011 | Copyright 2011 | Site by UMC