Practice Pending Admission

Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 7, Sections 5.01(g) and 10.04 - Practice Pending Admission

Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 7 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, by Re-Examination, or by UBE Score Transfer.

FOR LAW SCHOOL GRADUATES - TENN. SUP. CT. R. 7 SEC. 10.04: SUPERVISED PRACTICE BEFORE ADMISSION BY 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 examination, re-examination or transfer UBE score1;
  • Meet the educational requirements of Rule 7;
  • Work in Tennessee under the supervision of a licensed Tennessee attorney; and
  • Have not yet had to opportunity to take the Tennessee bar examination, or have taken the examination but have not received notification of grades, or have been notified of a score on the Uniform Bar Examination that meets the Tennessee minimum score requirements 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 for no more than sixteen (16) months from the date of applicant’s first Application for Admission in any jurisdiction or graduation from law school. Applications for examination are open March 1 - May 20 and October 1 - December 20. 

Transition Provision for UBE Score Transfer Applicants not licensed in another jurisdiction: For applicants not licensed in another jurisdiction and seeking admission to Tennessee by transferred UBE score who move to Tennessee during a time that applications for admission by transfer UBE score are not open, may register for supervised practice provided that the applicant submits the application1 on or before January 9, 2019.

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:

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

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

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

  • Have submitted an application for admission by examination, re-examination, or UBE score transfer1; and
  • Move to Tennessee and begin employment or open an office prior to approval for licensing and admission to the bar of Tennessee

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) and Policy P-5.01 for complete details. An attorney licensed in another U.S. jurisdiction who will be seeking admission to Tennessee by examination, re-examination or UBE score transfer, and who moves to Tennessee during a time that applications for admission by examination, re-examination or transfer UBE score are not open, may register for practice pending admission provided that the attorneys submits the application1 within 5 business days of the opening date of applications for admission by examination. Applications for examination are open March 1 - May 20 and October 1 - December 20. 

HOW TO REGISTER FOR PRACTICE PENDING ADMISSION

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 check or money order2 via U.S. mail to:

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

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1See Board Policies and Procedures P-5.01 and P-10.04 for Application and Registration requirements.

The TBLE does not accept credit cards for Practice Pending Admission Registration Applications at this time. Please be sure to clearly mark your name and NCBE number on the check or money order; you may pay in cash in person.

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