Section 14 of the Louisiana Admission Rules allows attorneys admitted to another jurisdiction to receive a limited license to practice law in Louisiana when employed in Louisiana exclusively for a corporation, its subsidiaries or affiliates, an association, and/or a business that consists of activities other than the practice of law or the provision of legal services.
Attorneys may only practice exclusively for their employer and must be admitted Louisiana Pro Hac Vice for any court appearances.
Attorneys are subject to the Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct and the disciplinary authority of the courts and the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board. Attorneys must also comply with the CLE requirements, annual registration requirements, and are required to pay the annual Disciplinary Assessment required of attorneys admitted to practice three years or more as well as the Louisiana State Bar Association annual dues.
Attorneys are required to file an Application for a limited license with the Committee on Bar Admissions of the Louisiana Supreme Court. The Application includes:
The Committee on Bar Admission may approve the application and grant a limited license. The license is not a matter of right, and applicants may appeal if rejected.
Limited licenses are valid for four years and may be renewed by filing the written application required by the Committee. The renewal application must be filed at least 90 days prior to the expiration of the license. The Court may permit late filing upon a showing of good cause. The application requirements are the same as above.
The license is automatically terminated if the attorney is admitted to the practice of law in Louisiana. The license is automatically suspended if the lawyer’s employment is terminated. If the lawyer is immediately employed by a new employer and that employer files a new affidavit, the limited license may be reinstated for the remainder of the period of four years.