Rule 9 Licensed Legal Interns
Admission and Practice Rule (APR) 9 grants a limited license to law students, APR 6 law clerks, and recent law school graduates to practice law under the supervision of a lawyer who has at least 3 years of active legal experience. APR 9 Licensed Legal Interns gain valuable supervised practice and courtroom experience through law school legal clinics, public and nonprofit programs, and private firms.
Qualifications How To ApplyReceiving Your LicenseFrequently Asked QuestionsUpcoming Changes to APR 9
Interested in applying? Please read the following before filling out the application.
Important: Effective January 1, 2014, there will be several changes to APR 9 Licensed Legal Interns. Supervisors and future interns should review these changes in the revised rule published on the Washington Courts website. Key changes are summarized below.
To be eligible to apply for a Rule 9 Legal Intern License, you must:
You may apply up to 9 months after graduation from an ABA-approved law school or after completion of the APR 6 law clerk program.
To apply for a Rule 9 Legal Intern License, please review the information below.
The review process for APR 9 Licensed Legal Intern Applications proceeds as follows. From start to finish, this can take 2-4 weeks.
Review the Scope of Practice for Licensed Legal Interns in APR 9(c) and (d). Generally, if something is not specifically permitted in APR 9, you should assume that it is not allowed. Questions about scope of practice can also be referred to the court with jurisdiction over the matter.
Note: Effective January 1, 2014, there are changes to the scope of practice for Licensed Legal Interns. Scope of Practice is now APR 9(e), and supervising lawyers have additional obligations imposed on them in the new section APR 9(f). Review these changes at the Washington Courts website.
The license is valid for 24 months or 12 months after graduation from law school or the APR 6 Law Clerk Program, whichever occurs first. There are no extensions. Passing or failing the bar exam does not affect your Legal Intern license. Only expiration of your limited license or being admitted to the bar officially by order of the Supreme Court of Washington will terminate your limited license.
Note: Effective January 1, 2014, there are changes to the expiration of licenses for Licensed Legal Interns. The license will be valid for 30 months or 18 months after graduation. Review these changes at the Washington Courts website.
You may add one additional supervisor (up to two total) or change supervisors while your license is still valid. Please use the Change of Supervision form. If you end your internship or supervision earlier than stated in your application, the lawyer should submit a termination of supervision form. You may not use your license if you do not have a valid supervisor on file with the WSBA, or if your supervision end-date has passed.
APR 9 has been revised, effective January 1, 2014. Key changes include the following:
NOTE: Interns licensed prior to January 1, 2014, will still only be licensed for 24 months or 12 months after graduation from law school or the Law Clerk Program, whichever is sooner.
Any discrepancy or conflict between the information provided here and the rules and regulations set by the Washington State Supreme Court, or the bylaws and policies of the Washington State Bar Association, is unintentional and will be resolved in favor of strict compliance with the rules, regulations, bylaws and policies.
Download this application if you intend to be licensed after January 1, 2014.
Download this application if you intend to be licensed by December 31, 2013.
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