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Admission and discipline rules amended to allow temporary law licenses

March 15, 2017

A recent amendment to Indiana Rules for Admission to the Bar and the Discipline of Attorneys has created a new pathway for attorneys admitted to practice in other states to gain a temporary law license in Indiana.

Under Section 1 of Rule 6.1, attorneys who are admitted to the highest court of law in any other state and who are in good standing can be granted a temporary license to practice law in Indiana. The temporary license can be issued if the attorney has applied for admission to the Indiana bar and meets one of three requirements:

•    Full-time employment at an ABA-accredited Indiana law school and in a supervisory position in a clinical program at the school;
•    Employment at a legal services organization or public defender office that serves people of limited means free of charge;
•    Offering pro bono services through a legal services organization of public defender office to people of limited means free of charge

An attorney granted a temporary Indiana license must be supervised by another attorney who is officially admitted to the Indiana bar. Temporary licenses will expire when the attorney is admitted to the Indiana bar, when his/her bar admission application is denied or after two years, whichever comes first.

Rule 6.1 also gives the Board of Law Examiners the right to revoke the temporary license if the attorney no longer meets the requirements and subjects the attorney with the temporary license to the jurisdiction of the Indiana Supreme Court for disciplinary purposes.

Additionally, the Supreme Court eliminated Section 11 of Rule 6.1, which allowed any person who had been accepted to an accredited law school to file an application with the BLE for a character and fitness determination before the completion of his/her legal education.

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