Limited Practice by Law Students

In order for a law student to make an appearance pursuant to the Rule on Limited Practice of Law by Law Students, a law student must:

  1. Be duly enrolled in the University of North Dakota School of Law - or any other law school approved by the American Bar Association.
  2. Have completed legal studies to at least two semesters, or the equivalent if the school is on other than a semester basis.
  3. Be certified by the Dean of the University of North Dakota School of Law, or any other law school approved by the American Bar Association, and a member of the North Dakota Bar Association, as being of good character and competent legal ability, and as being adequately trained to perform as a legal intern.

How To:        

Certification from the Dean must be filed with the Clerk of the Supreme Court. Certification will be accepted by e-mail at barexaminers@ndcourts.gov on behalf of the Clerk.  Certification can also be mailed to:

Clerk, ND Supreme Court
c/o State Board of Law Examiners
Judicial Wing, 1st Floor
600 E. Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58505-0530

Expiration

Unless it is earlier withdrawn, limited practice by a law student remains in effect until the expiration of eighteen (18) months after it is filed, or until the date of the student's graduation, whichever is earlier.

Law School Graduates

A graduate of any American law school approved by the American Bar Association, who has made application for the first North Dakota bar examination scheduled to be given following his or her graduation, may perform, under the supervision of a member of the State Bar Association of North Dakota, all acts authorized to be performed by senior law students. 

How To:

A supervising lawyer must certify to the State Board of Law Examiners that the graduate is of good character and competent legal ability. The following form may be used: Temporary Practice - graduate form

Certification will be accepted by e-mail at barexaminers@ndcourts.gov. Certification can also be mailed to:

State Board of Law Examiners
Judicial Wing, 1st Floor
600 E. Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58505-0530

Expiration:

The authorization terminates on the day of the first admission to the bar ceremony before the Supreme Court after the North Dakota bar examination for which application is made or 10 months following graduation from law school, whichever occurs first.