Practice Pending Admission

Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 7, Sections 5.01(g) and 10.04

Practice Pending Admission

Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 7, effective January 1, 2016, includes provisions for recent law school graduates  and for applicants licensed in another U.S. jurisdiction to practice under certain conditions upon submission of an Application to Tennessee for Admission by Examination.

FOR LAW SCHOOL GRADUATES - TENN. SUP. CT. R. 7 SEC. 10.04: PRACTICE BEFORE ADMISSION BEFORE EXAMINATION

Applicants who have never been licensed in another jurisdiction in the United States, the District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories and who:

  • Have submitted an application for admission by examination1;
  • Meet the educational requirements of section 2.01 of this Rule;
  • Work in Tennessee under the supervision of a licensed Tennessee attorney; and
  • Have not yet had to opportunity to take the Tennessee bar examination, have taken the examination but have not received notification of grades, or have been notified of a passing score on the examination but have not yet been admitted as a member of the Tennessee bar

may provide legal services in this jurisdiction during the pendency of the application for admission to the extent provided in Rule 7 Section 10.04. The Application to Register for Practice under Supervision can be found in the forms at the bottom of this page. Submit the completed form and the $40 fee  by check2  via U.S. mail to:

Board of Law Examiners
511 Union Street, Suite 525
Nashville, TN, 37219

1 For an application to be submitted, you must complete the online Tennessee application in Synergy, upload your NCBE application, and pay the filing fee for the Tennessee application.

2 The TBLE does not accept credit cards. Please be sure to clearly mark your name and NCBE number on the check.

FOR APPLICANTS LICENSED IN ANOTHER JURISDICITON - TENN. SUP. CT. R. 7 SEC. 5.01(g): PRACTICE PENDING ADMISSION FOR ATTORNEYS LICENSED IN ANOTHER JURISDICTION

Attorneys holding an active license to practice law and in good standing in another jurisdiction in the United States, District of Columbia or U.S. Territories who:

  • Have submitted an application for admission by examination1; and
  • Move to Tennessee and begin employment prior to completing the application process

may provide legal services in this jurisdiction during the pendency of the application for admission but for no more than 365 days under certain circumstances. Please see Rule 7 Section 5.01(g) for complete details. The Application to Register for Practice Pending Admission can be found in the forms at the bottom of this page. Submit the completed form and the $40 fee by check2 via U.S. mail to:

Board of Law Examiners
511 Union Street, Suite 525
Nashville, TN, 37219

1 For an application to be submitted, you must complete the online Tennessee application in Synergy, upload your NCBE application, pay the filing fee for the Tennessee application, and provide certificates of good standing.

2 The TBLE does not accept credit cards. Please be sure to clearly mark your name and NCBE number on the check.

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