House Counsel License (Rule 10)

Under Rule 10 of the Rules for Admission to the Bar, a lawyer licensed in another jurisdiction who accepts employment as house counsel in Minnesota may apply for a limited house counsel license.

Requirements

You must meet the following minimum requirements to apply under Rule 10:

  • Meet the Educational Requirements outlined in Rule 4A(3).
  • Provide evidence of having engaged in the practice of law as defined in Rule 7A in at least 36 months of the 60 months immediately preceding the application
  • Provide an affidavit from an officer, director, or general counsel of your employer attesting to the following:
  • Your date of employment
  • Verification that you are employed as house counsel solely for that employer
  • Verification that you are a person of good character
  • Verification that the nature of the employment meets the requirements of Rule 10B(1)
  • Be licensed to practice law in another state or jurisdiction
  • Be in good standing in each jurisdiction in which you are licensed to practice law
  • Receive a good character and fitness recommendation from the Minnesota Board of Law Examiners
  • Meet Rule 4 General Requirements for Admission
  • Provide required documents from each jurisdiction in which you are licensed to practice law, as required by Rule 4D

See Rule 10 for additional guidance.

Limitations

  • Your house counsel license is limited to the representation of your employer (see Rule 10D for pro bono exception)
  • Your house counsel license expires upon the termination of your employment with the corporation at which you were employed when you were granted a Rule 10 license

Apply

Motion applicants who have already begun completing the paper version of the bar application prior to the Online Bar Application’s launch on June 3, 2022, will be permitted to submit a paper application until October 1, 2022. If you intend to submit your application after October 1, 2022, you must use the online application. No paper applications will be accepted after that date.

Click here to begin the application process.

 

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