Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 7, Sections 10.04 and 10.07 – Supervised Practice and 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 NOT LICENSED IN ANY U.S. JURISDICTION: TENN. SUP. CT. R. 7 SEC. 10.04 – SUPERVISED PRACTICE BEFORE ADMISSION BY EXAMINATION SCORE (See Note 1 below)
The purpose of this provision is to allow new law school graduates, not licensed in any other jurisdiction, to practice under supervision while studying for the examination and awaiting results.
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 score;
- Meet the educational requirements of Rule 7;
- Work in Tennessee under the supervision of a licensed Tennessee attorney; and
- not yet had to opportunity to take the Tennessee bar examination, or
- 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 (see Note 2 below)
may register to provide supervised legal services in this jurisdiction during the pendency of the application for admission to the extent provided in Rule 7 Section 10.04 until such approval expires. Applications for examination are open March 1 – May 20 and October 1 – December 2.
Permission to engage in supervised legal service expires:
- Upon admission in Tennessee or any other state;
- For unsuccessful examinees who do not apply for re-examination within 10 days of release of examination scores; or
- Upon issuance of an order to show cause; and
- In no event, for no more than sixteen (16) months from the date applicant graduated from law school.
HOW TO REGISTER FOR SUPERVISED PRACTICE
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 check via U.S. mail to: Tennessee Board of Law Examiners, 511 Union Street, Suite 525, Nashville, TN, 37219. (See Note 3 below).
FOR APPLICANTS LICENSED IN ANOTHER JURISDICTION: TENN. SUP. CT. R. 7 SEC. 10.07 – PRACTICE PENDING ADMISSION
The purpose of this provision is to permit attorneys licensed and in good standing in another jurisdiction with a pending application for admission in Tennessee to practice during the pendency of the application. Attorneys who plan to relocate to Tennessee to practice law should begin the application process prior to the move to Tennessee as completion of the application and the background investigation take time. Practice Pending Admission requires filing of an application for admission and is only valid for up to one year.
Attorneys who hold a license to practice law that is active and in good standing in another jurisdiction in the United States, District of Columbia or a U.S. Territory, and who:
- Have submitted an application for admission by examination, re-examination, or UBE score transfer; 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 10.07 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, or re-examination, and who moves to Tennessee and begins employment or opens an office during a time that applications for admission by examination or re-examination are not open, may register for practice pending admission provided that the attorneys submits the application for admission 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 order via U.S. mail to: Tennessee Board of Law Examiners 511 Union Street, Suite 525 Nashville, TN, 37219. (See Note 3 below).
Applicants who change jobs or supervisors must submit an application to re-register under 10.04 or 10.07 and pay the fee3 of $25. The form can be found at the bottom of this page.
1. See Policies P-5.01 and P-10.04 for Application and Registration requirements.
2. If your application for admission in Tennessee is pending at the time you become licensed in another state or U.S. jurisdiction, you must amend your application and register for practice pending admission under Rule 7, Sec. 10.07.
3. The registration fee must be paid by check or cash for practice pending admission; credit card payments are not available for registration 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.