Rule 8(d) of the Admission to Practice Rules allows attorneys who are enrolled and in good standing as a postgraduate student or faculty member to obtain limited admission in Washington. Eligible postgraduate students and clinical law professors may only practice as supervising attorneys in a clinical program involving work in the courts or the practice of law at an approved law school in Washington.
Attorneys admitted under this section are deemed active members of the Bar Association only for the purpose of serving as a supervising attorney under Rule 9 (Washington Law Student Practice) and for no other purpose.
Practice is further limited to:
- The period of time the applicant actively participates in the program.
- The clinical work of the particular course of study where the applicant is enrolled or teaching.
- The practice is free of charge for the services rendered.
- The attorney is subject to the Washington Rules of Professional Conduct and the Washington Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct.
Application and Certification
Attorneys must pay the applicable investigation fee, file the Application, and present satisfactory proof of the following:
- Admission to practice of law and current good standing in any state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia.
- Graduation from an ABA approved law school. (APR 3(b)(i)).
- Good moral character.
Upon approval by the Board, attorneys must take the oath of admission.
When the attorney ceases to actively participate in the program, the law school Dean must immediately notify the Bar Association and the Clerk of the Washington Supreme Court so that the right to practice may be terminated.