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Definition any of the state tests a person needs to pass to practice law in that state

or:

the association of people qualified to practice law in a particular place

Bar is also used as an abbreviated way of saying bar examination; i.e., the test people must pass to practice law in a state.

Much more rarely, the legal profession uses the term "bar" in another sense as well; i.e., to refer to a partition (perhaps literally a bar railing) that encloses the part of the courtroom where the judges and lawyers sit and the case is tried.
  • She just graduated from law school and now needs to take the bar examination.
bar examination = any of the state tests a person needs to pass to practice law in that state
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Has she passed the bar?
  • bar = a test that has to be passed to practice law in a state
  • I have been thirty-two year at the bar, sir, and I should be confounded were I called upon to defend these people.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • bar = work as a lawyer
  • When my father was admitted to the bar, he returned to Maycomb and began his practice.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • bar = association of people qualified to practice law in a particular place
  • Court-appointed defenses were usually given to Maxwell Green, Maycomb's latest addition to the bar, who needed the experience.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • bar = association of people qualified to practice law in a particular place
  • His firm wanted him to come into the office full-time after his graduation from high school, read law with them, and eventually take the bar exam.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • I was playing it all from my book on torts, boning up for the bar exam.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Take the National Bar Exam.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • And at night he was plugging away at his books, getting ready for the bar examination.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • After passing the bar exam, he was all set to take over a country law practice.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • As you know, before I can be reinstated I have to pass the bar exam, no small feat for an old fart like me.
    John Grisham  --  Sycamore Row
  • So anyhow, are you planning to stay a student until you pass the bar exam?
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • Jake's trump card was a key provision in Mississippi law that required a disbarred lawyer to take the bar exam before being reinstated.
    John Grisham  --  Sycamore Row
  • There was no way such an old drunk could study and pass the bar exam.
    John Grisham  --  Sycamore Row
  • If Lucien wanted to be a lawyer again, he would be required to suffer through the ordeal of the bar exam.
    John Grisham  --  Sycamore Row
  • If he had just been trying to squeeze by the bar with as little as possible he could have done it a lot sooner, for back in those days, or now for that matter, it didn't take any master mind to pass the bar examination.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

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