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Rule 6.1 Temporary License for Lawyers Applying for Admission

Effective Date: 4/1/2021

(A) Any lawyer meeting the following qualifications may apply for the privilege to practice law temporarily in North Dakota as provided in this rule.

(1) The lawyer must be a licensed member in good standing of the bar of another state or the District of Columbia and shall:

(a) be an applicant for admission to the North Dakota Bar under Rule 6 or Rule 7, or relicensure on Rule 8, and meet all eligibility requirements of those rules; and

(b) not be the subject of any suspension or disbarment proceedings in any court or the subject of any pending disciplinary complaints.

(2) A lawyer who has failed the North Dakota bar examination within the past three years is not eligible to apply for a temporary license.

(B) The lawyer shall file an application with the Board, which must be attested to or sworn and state:

(1) that the lawyer has applied for admission to the practice of law in North Dakota under Rule 6 or Rule 7; or relicensure on Rule 8; and

(2) the name and address of an associate lawyer admitted and licensed to practice law in this state.

(C) Attached to the application must be a statement from the associate lawyer that the lawyer has agreed to serve as an associate lawyer under this rule, is admitted and licensed to practice of law in this state, and agrees to fulfill the responsibilities of an associate lawyer described under Rule 3A.

(D) The application must be accompanied by a fee of $100. All fees collected under this rule must be divided equally between the State Bar Association and the Board of Law Examiners.

(E) Upon approval by the Board, the applicant shall be issued a temporary license to practice law in this state. The temporary license is valid for no more than six months from the date of issuance or, if the applicant has applied under Rule 6 for a February bar exam, and that exam is not given, only until the results are available from the next bar exam offered in North Dakota.

(F) The Board shall summarily revoke the temporary license if the applicant:

(1) files an untruthful affidavit with the Board;

(2) fails the bar examination;

(3) fails to take the bar examination when eligible to do so;

(4) receives a negative recommendation for admission or relicensure;

(5) has formal disciplinary proceedings instituted against the applicant in any jurisdiction;

(6) is no longer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction identified by the applicant in Rule 6.1A(1);

(7) withdraws the application for admission to practice law under Rule 6 or 7;

(8) is admitted and licensed to the practice of law in North Dakota under Rule 6 or 7;

(9) withdraws the application for relicensure under Rule 8; or

(10) is relicensed to practice law in North Dakota under Rule 8.

If the Board revokes a temporary license based on evidence of professional misconduct in this or another jurisdiction, the Board shall notify the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court.

[Amended effective March 1, 2009; April 1, 2013; October 1, 2016; April 1, 2021.]

Effective Date Obsolete Date
04/01/2021 View
10/01/2016 04/01/2021 View
04/01/2013 10/01/2016 View
03/01/2009 04/01/2013 View
09/01/2007 03/01/2009 View