Posted on August 17, 2017

American Bar Association Passes Resolution to Allow Illegal Immigrants to Practice Law

Sara Gonzales, The Blaze, August 16, 2017

The American Bar Association House of Delegates passed a resolution Monday recommending that illegal immigrants who wish to take the bar exam and practice law should not be dismissed because of their immigration status.

“RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association supports the principle that bar admission should not be denied based solely on immigration status,” the resolution stated. According to the ABA’s news release, the resolution passed with modest opposition.

And it didn’t stop there. The delegates took it a step further, urging Congress to amend federal code 8 U.S.C. § 1621(d), which addresses a state’s “authority to provide for eligibility of illegal aliens for State and local public benefits” and specifies that undocumented residents may not obtain professional licenses issued by state governments.


California passed a law in 2013 allowing illegal immigrants the right to practice law.