Limited Licenses to Practice Law

Some externship placements that provide students with in-court experiences require a limited license to practice law. These licenses, given by State Bar Associations, are often required where students are functioning in the role of an attorney with supervision. Requirements and eligibility vary by state.

This list covers some of the popular states in which Gonzaga Law externs have been placed, but is by no means complete. To obtain specific requirements for the state in which you hope to be placed as an extern, please contact that State’s Bar Association.

Washington State – Rule 9 Licenses

Only students who have completed 60 credits of legal education, have good moral character and are in good academic standing are eligible to apply for their Rule 9 membership of the Bar Association. Rule 9 practitioners must be supervised by a licensed attorney. For more information, consult the Washington State Bar Association.

Idaho State – Legal Intern Limited License, Rule 226

Only students who are enrolled and in good academic standing at an Approved Law School that have completed 60 credits or two-thirds of their course of study may apply. Written approval of the law school’s Dean or a designee is required. Students utilizing a Rule 226 license must be supervised by a licensed member of the Idaho Bar Association. For more information, consult the Idaho Bar Commission Rules (PDF).

California State – Practical Training of Law Students (PTLS)

In order to apply for a PTLS license, students must have completed one full year of studies at an accredited Law School (270 hours). The student must also have completed or be concurrently enrolled in Evidence and Civil Procedure. PTLS students must also be supervised by a licensed attorney. For more information, visit the State Bar of California PTLS informational page.

Colorado Student Practice Rule – C.R.C.P. 226.5

Law students who have completed at least two years of law school may appear in court pursuant to C.R.C.P. 226.5 (pdf). You must file a certification from the Dean or Registrar of the law school that you have completed two years of law school and are of good moral character.

Nevada Law Student Practice Rule – Rule 49.5

Nevada Supreme Court Rule 49.5 (pdf) provides a method for law students to practice law in a limited fashion for the purpose of practical training. There is no fee to submit the application. Students may apply for level one certification (after completing 30 semester credit hours) or level two certification (after completing 45 semester credit hours).

Oregon Law Student Appearance Program – Rule 13.05

Law students, who have competed four semesters of full-time law school and are of good character, may appear in any court or before any administrative tribunal in Oregon under the supervision of an Oregon State Bar. More information.