Military Attorneys

Many jurisdictions provide special admission rules for attorneys working on behalf of one of the armed services. The limited or temporary licenses allow military attorneys to practice law without going through the formal admission process of taking the Bar Exam or being Admitted on Motion.

In addition, General Military Law 10 U.S. Code § 1044 (Legal Assistance), subject to the laws regarding licensure, allows a judge advocate or civilian attorney who is authorized to provide military legal assistance to provide such assistance in any jurisdiction. This legal assistance is subject to regulations prescribed by the Secretary. Judge advocates or civilian attorneys must be members of the bar of a federal court or the highest court of a state. (§1044(d)).

The map below identifies states that have special admission rules for military attorneys:

States with Military Attorney Rules
States that do not provide Military Attorney Rules