Applications » Rule 9 Licensed Legal Intern
Washington Supreme Court Admission and Practice Rule (APR) 9 grants a limited license to law students, Washington Supreme Court APR 6 law clerks, and recent law school graduates to practice law under the supervision of a lawyer who has at least three years of active legal experience. Washington Supreme Court APR 9 Licensed Legal Interns gain valuable supervised practice and courtroom experience through law school legal clinics, public and nonprofit programs, and private firms.
Interested in applying? Please read the following before filling out the application.
To be eligible to apply for a Washington Supreme Court Rule 9 Legal Intern License, you must:
- Possess good moral character and fitness to practice law, Washington Supreme Court Admission and Practice Rules (APR) 20-24.2(a) AND
- Be enrolled and in good academic standing at an American Bar Association-approved law school with two-thirds of a three-year program completed or five-eighths of a four-year program completed OR
- Be enrolled in the Law Clerk Washington Supreme Court APR 6 Program and have completed five-eighths of a four-year program
You may apply up to nine months after graduation from an ABA-approved law school.
How to Apply
To apply for a Washington Supreme Court Rule 9 Legal Intern License, please review the information below.
- Read the admission policies and all questions carefully.
- Complete the online Rule 9 application and include the $50 application fee.
- The only applicants exempt from the $50 fee are students enrolled in full-time clinics through their law school that provide free legal services for low-income clients. Externships and other legal aid organizations do not qualify. Applicants who are exempt from the fee will have to pay later if they change their supervision to a non-clinical setting.
- Due to COVID-19, we no longer require original signatures and will accept copies and/or electronic signatures.
If you are already licensed, you do not need to re-apply. Please use the Change of Supervisor form.
Receiving Your License
The review process for Washington Supreme Court APR 9 Licensed Legal Intern applications proceeds as follows.
- WSBA receives application and payment. Payment is processed.
- Application receives initial review by WSBA staff. Applicant is contacted regarding missing items or discrepancies.
- If appropriate under factors outlined in Washington Supreme Court Rule APRs 20-24.2(a) regarding good moral character and fitness to practice law, applications will be referred to Regulatory Services Counsel for review. More information may be requested from applicant.
- After an application is submitted and approved, the application will be forwarded to the Washington Supreme Court with recommendation for order admitting you to limited practice in Washington.
- The Washington Supreme Court will return an order granting admission for the applicant to practice as authorized by Washington Supreme Court APR 9. WSBA staff will create an ID card and mail it to the applicant at the address on file for the supervising lawyer. You cannot act as a Washington Supreme Court Rule 9 Licensed Legal Intern until you receive your ID card and when your supervision officially begins.
From start to finish, this can take up to four weeks, unless a character and fitness issue requires additional investigation or a hearing.
NOTE: Failure to provide complete answers with requisite supplementary documentation will result in delays beyond this timeline.