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Supervised Practice or Practice Pending Admission

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.

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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)

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
  • Have:
    • 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).

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FOR APPLICANTS LICENSED IN ANOTHER JURISDICTION: TENN. SUP. CT. R. 7 SEC. 10.07 – 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 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 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).

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RE-REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS:

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.

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NOTES

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