House Counsel and Multi-Jurisdictional Practice
Lawyers licensed in another U.S. jurisdiction or foreign jurisdiction who want to practice as house counsel must become licensed in Washington. They may seek licensing in Washington by motion under Washington Supreme Court Admission and Practice Rule (APR) 3(c) or as House Counsel under APR 8(f)).
House counsel applicants may continue to practice on a temporary basis under Washington Supreme Court Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) 5.5 pending the application for admission.
House Counsel Application Process
Jan. 14, 2021: Currently we are developing a new online admissions portal. Due to the upgrade, the House Counsel application must be submitted, on the applicant's NCBE account, by Jan. 21. Failure to do so, will require the applicant to start a new application beginning Jan. 25 on the new online admissions portal.
If you are not eligible for Admission by Motion, you may apply for limited admission as house counsel under APR 8(f). Submit the paper application and required forms to the WSBA and include the following items:
- Submit the NCBE's Online Character Report and Application and investigation fee with the NCBE
- Required items to be printed and delivered to the Washington State Bar Association:
- Copy of the completed NCBE online character report and application; including all attachment's, (keep a copy for your records)
- All required WSBA forms
- Certificate(s) of Admission to Practice and Standing in all jurisdictions where you are admitted or have ever been admitted, dated within six months prior to the date of the application is submitted with the WSBA.
- Application fee of $620 payable to the Washington State Bar Association.
Mail application, fee, and required forms to:
Washington State Bar Association
1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98101
If you have any questions about the House Counsel License, please contact the Admissions Department at email@example.com.
Multi-jurisdictional Practice of Law
RPC 5.5 also describes several situations in which it may be permissible to practice law in Washington on a temporary basis. Generally, situations are limited to out-of-court practice. Under most situations, an out-of-state lawyer wanting to appear in court is required to file a motion for admission Pro Hac Vice pursuant to APR 8(b).
Out-of-state lawyers with questions about practicing in Washington under RPC 5.5 should contact Sandra Schilling in the Office of General Counsel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-239-2118. Please read the complete rule and comments before making contact.
Please Note : All applicants are subject to a character and fitness review prior to being admitted to practice law in Washington. Factors considered by Admissions staff and Bar Counsel when determining whether an applicant should be referred to the Character and Fitness Board are set forth in Washington Supreme Court Admission and Practice Rules (APR) 20-24.2(a).
Any discrepancy or conflict between the information provided here and the rules and regulations set by the Washington 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.