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.
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
- 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.
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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