Rule 14-809. Practice Pending Admission

(a) For purposes of this rule:

(a)(1) “Active supervision” means:

(a)(1)(A) participating in and sharing responsibility for the representation of the


(a)(1)(B) ensuring that the lawyer being supervised conforms to the Rules of

Professional Conduct and the Standards of Professionalism and Civility and assuming responsibility for any violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct by the lawyer being supervised; and

(a)(1)(C) making sufficient efforts to prevent any errors or misconduct on the part

of the lawyer being supervised and taking immediate action to avoid or mitigate

the consequences of any errors or misconduct that occur;

(a)(2) “Bar” means the Utah State Bar;

(a)(3) “Unlicensed lawyer” means a lawyer not licensed in Utah but licensed and in good standing in another United States jurisdiction; and

 (a)(4) “Utah law firm” means an entity with an office in Utah consisting of

one or more Utah licensed lawyers lawfully engaged in the practice of law.

(b) An unlicensed lawyer with a pending application to the Bar may provide legal

services in Utah through an office or other systematic and continuous presence provided that he or she meets the requirements of this rule.

(c) To practice under this rule an unlicensed lawyer must:

(c)(1) reasonably expect to satisfy each requirement for admission by clear and

convincing evidence as an Attorney Examination Applicant under Rule 14-704 or as a Motion Applicant under Rule 14-705;

(c)(2) have submitted to the Bar a complete application as defined in Rule 14-

701(l) to sit for the Utah Bar Examination or to be admitted by motion;

(c)(3) have practiced law full-time in a jurisdiction where licensed for 60 of the 84

months immediately preceding the filing of the application for admission;

(c)(4) have graduated from an ABA-approved law school;

(c)(5) have submitted a Practice Pending Admission Request Form to the Bar

with the appropriate fee;

(c)(6) have passed a preliminary character and fitness review as prescribed by

the Character and Fitness Committee;

(c)(7) have received from the Bar a Practice Pending Admission Certificate;

(c)(8) have an active law license in a U.S. jurisdiction;

(c)(9) be in good standing in all courts and jurisdictions in which he or she is

admitted to practice;

(c)(10) be affiliated with a Utah law firm and actively supervised by a licensed

Utah lawyer affiliated with the same law firm;

(c)(11) not have been subject to an order of attorney discipline within the preceding 84 months and not be subject to a pending grievance, complaint, disciplinary or disability investigation in any jurisdiction;

(c)(12) not have been previously denied admission to practice law on character and fitness grounds in any jurisdiction; and

(c)(13) inform all clients that the unlicensed lawyer is not licensed in Utah and

affirmatively state in all written communications with the public, clients and other

 attorneys the following language: “Practice in Utah authorized from [date] to

[date] under Rule 14-809 of the Rules Governing the Utah State Bar. Supervised by [name of Utah attorney], a member of the Utah State Bar”.

(d) Eligibility to practice under this rule terminates upon the earlier occurrence of:

(d)(1) the Bar’s admissions office’s or character and fitness committee’s decision

to defer or not to approve the unlicensed lawyer’s application;


(d)(2) the lapse of one year from the issuance of the Practice Pending Admission


(d)(3) the unlicensed lawyer failing the Utah Bar Examination;

(d)(4) the unlicensed lawyer withdrawing his or her application for admission; or

(d)(5) the unlicensed lawyer failing to remain in compliance with subsections (c)(8) through (c)(13).

(e) Upon the termination of eligibility under (d), the unlicensed lawyer must immediately cease practicing law in Utah, and within ten days must:

 (e)(1) provide written notice to the Bar’s admissions office of the circumstances

causing the termination of eligibility;

(e)(2) provide written notice to all courts, clients and opposing counsel in pending matters of the unlicensed lawyer’s termination of authority to practice law in Utah; and

(e)(3) in order to protect the interest of his or her clients, transfer all files to the

supervising attorney or other Utah licensed lawyer.

(f) The Bar does not have the authority to waive, modify, or extend any of the

requirements or time limitations in this rule.


Effective May 1, 2018