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Temporary House Counsel License (Rule 9)

Under Rule 9 of the Rules for Admission to the Bar, a lawyer licensed in another jurisdiction and employed as house counsel in Minnesota may apply for a temporary house counsel license.

Requirements

You must meet the following minimum requirements to apply under Rule 9:

  • Have a JD from ABA-approved law school
  • Have a law license from another state or jurisdiction
  • Be in good standing in each jurisdiction where licensed to practice law
  • Receive a good character and fitness recommendation from the Minnesota Board of Law Examiners
  • Provide evidence of having engaged, as principal occupation, in the practice of law as defined in Rule 7A for at least 36 of the 60 months immediately preceding the application
  • Meet all other Rule 4 General Requirements for Admission

Limitations

  • Your license is valid for no more than 12 months
  • You are limited to practice solely for your designated employer (see Rule 9D for pro bono exception)
  • Your license expires upon your termination from employment with the designated employer

See Rule 9 for additional guidance.

Apply

To apply you must:

1. Register using the online Minnesota Bar Application Registration form, and

2. Complete and send in a signed Minnesota Bar Application along with proper fees and any supplemental information required by the application.

Click here to begin the application process.

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