Foreign-Licensed Lawyers

Lawyers licensed to practice outside the US can apply for limited licenses to practice in Washington.

Foreign House Counsel

APR 8(f) Exception for Foreign House Counsel

If you are a lawyer licensed to practice law in a jurisdiction other than a United States jurisdiction, you may receive a limited license to practice law in Washington as in-house counsel.

If you are licensed under this rule, you are only permitted to practice exclusively for your employer, including its subsidiaries and affiliates, and you cannot:

  • appear before a court or tribunal as a person admitted to practice law in this state;
  • offer legal services or advice to the public; or
  • hold yourself out to be so engaged or authorized.

Please read APR 8(f) for complete details regarding responsibilities and limitations.

How to Apply for the Foreign House Counsel License

Complete the Application for APR 8(f) and file it with the WSBA.

You must also submit an investigation fee directly to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, using the NCBE Payment Form.

If you have questions about the Foreign House Counsel license, or if you prefer to have an application mailed to you, please contact the Admissions Department at admissions@wsba.org or 206-727-8209. The application packet lists the requirements to be filed with the application and includes a copy of the rule.

Foreign Law Consultants

APR 14 Limited Practice Rule for Foreign Law Consultants

If you are a lawyer licensed to practice law in a foreign country, this license permits you to consult and advise about the law of that country while in Washington state.

Please read APR 14 for all the limitations and responsibilities.

How to Apply for the Foreign Law Consultant License

Complete the Application for APR 14 and file it with the WSBA.

You must also submit an investigation fee directly to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, using the NCBE Payment Form.

If you have any questions about the Foreign Law Consultant license, or if you prefer to have an application mailed to you, please contact the Admissions Department at admissions@wsba.org or 206-727-8209. 

Any discrepancy or conflict between the information provided here and the rules and regulations set by the Washington State Supreme Court, or the bylaws and policies of the Washington State Bar Association, is unintentional and will be resolved in favor of strict compliance with the rules, regulations, bylaws and policies.