Rule 9 Licensed Legal Interns
Admission and Practice Rule (APR) 9 grants a limited license to law students, APR 6 law clerks, and recent law school graduates to practice law under the supervision of a lawyer who has at least 3 years of active legal experience. APR 9 Licensed Legal Interns gain valuable supervised practice and courtroom experience through law school legal clinics, public and nonprofit programs, and private firms.
How To Apply
Receiving Your License
Frequently Asked Questions
Changes to APR 9
Interested in applying? Please read the following before filling out the application.
Important: Effective Jan. 1, 2014, there are several changes to APR 9. Supervisors and future interns should review these changes in the revised rule published on the Washington Courts website. Jump to key changes summarized below.
To be eligible to apply for a Rule 9 Legal Intern License, you must:
You may apply up to nine months after graduation from an ABA-approved law school or after completion of the APR 6 law clerk program.
To apply for a Rule 9 Legal Intern License, please review the information below.
The review process for APR 9 Licensed Legal Intern Applications proceeds as follows. From start to finish, this can take two to four weeks.
NOTE: Failure to provide complete answers with requisite supplementary documentation will result in delays beyond this timeline. Frequent causes for delays include: undisclosed traffic infractions; missing information or relevant documents relating to your answers; sending only photocopies and not the original pages of the application; or other undisclosed criminal or civil matters.
Please be aware that complex character and fitness matters may require additional time for review by counsel, possibly beyond the two-to-four-week timeline outlined above. If you disclose any information on your application that may raise an issue regarding your character and fitness to practice law, submit your application as early as possible, but not earlier than five weeks before your supervision is set to begin.
Review the Scope of Practice for Licensed Legal Interns in APR 9(e) and (f). Generally, if something is not specifically permitted in APR 9, you should assume that it is not allowed. Questions about scope of practice can also be referred to the court with jurisdiction over the matter.
Note: Effective Jan. 1, 2014, there are changes to the scope of practice for Licensed Legal Interns. Review these changes at the Washington Courts website.
The license is valid for 30 months or 18 months after graduation from law school or the APR 6 Law Clerk Program, whichever occurs first. There are no extensions. Passing or failing the bar exam does not affect your Legal Intern license. Only expiration of your limited license, being admitted to the bar officially by order of the Supreme Court or other reasons described in APR 9(h) will terminate your limited license.
If you were licensed prior to changes that took effect Jan. 1, 2014, your license expiration remains at 24 months from the date you were licensed or 12 months after graduation. Review these changes.
You may add one additional supervisor (up to two total) or change supervisors while your license is still valid. Please use the Change of Supervision form. If you end your internship or supervision earlier than stated in your application, the lawyer should submit a termination of supervision form. You may not use your license if you do not have a valid supervisor on file with the WSBA or if your supervision end-date has passed.
APR 9 has been revised, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Key changes include the following:
NOTE: Interns licensed prior to Jan. 1, 2014, will still only be licensed for 24 months or 12 months after graduation from law school or the Law Clerk Program, whichever is sooner.
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.
Download the application and instructions.
Rules of Professional Conduct
Change, Extend, or Add Supervisor
FAQs for Rule 9 Supervising Lawyers
Termination of Supervision Form (for Supervisors)
Contact Christopher Coleman at
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