Supreme Court Bar Admissions

About Bar Admissions

These records are requests to the Supreme Court by attorneys seeking approval to practice law within the state. The collection spans the years 1868 to 1950.

The information contained in the record varies from person to person, but files usually include:

  • name of the person requesting approval
  • county where they live
  • date of the application
  • date they were granted a license in Colorado to practice law

Additionally, many of the bar admission files may include:

  • letters of recommendations from other attorneys, judges or law schools
  • where the person practiced law before coming to Colorado
  • letter of approval and acceptance from the Supreme Court
  • copy of their law school diploma and/or license from a previous state

How to Find Information

Bar Admissions for

  • 1868-1898 are searchable in person at the Colorado State Archives or by making an online request.
  • 1899-1950 are searchable in our Archives Search database. 

Records for the entire 1868-1950 span are only in paper format. Records can be accessed by online, phone, mail or in-person request.