Rule 225 of the Idaho Bar Commission Rules governs authorization of house counsel. The Idaho house counsel rules allows eligible out-of-state attorneys employed in Idaho to practice law without going through the formal process of being admitted to the Idaho Bar.
House counsel activities are limited to providing internal counseling and practicing law within the employment setting exclusively for a qualifying employer and its commonly owned organization affiliates.
House counsel attorneys cannot appear before a court or administrative tribunal as an attorney or counselor in Idaho for anyone, including the employing business entity. Attorneys cannot represent to be authorized or offer legal services to the public.
Attorneys must complete the Application.
House attorney authorization ceases upon termination of employment with the company, association, or other business entity or upon failure to meet annual licensing requirements as provided in I.B.C.R. 302(a).