Special Licenses

Law students and attorneys and may be admitted via a Bar Exam or through the Bar Reciprocity/Admission on Motion procedures. In addition, many jurisdictions carve out special admission exceptions for specific categories of attorneys. The exceptions range widely for the categories of attorneys and the types of admission. The types of admission may include a temporary license to practice, a registration, exemption from the unauthorized practice of law, or full admission.

BarReciprocity.com has identified the following attorney categories that most commonly contain special admission rules. The Miscellaneous category contains rules that do not fit into a special admission category. Each attorney category below provides a link to a brief description of that attorney category as well as a map identifying the states with applicable rules. In addition, the individual state pages contain the special admission categories and any applicable rules for that jurisdiction.