To be eligible for Rule 9 certification a student may be duly enrolled with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Full-time students must have completed 60 credits; part-time students must have completed 56 credits. Graduates of the Law School may apply before the expiration of 9 months following graduation. The applicant must certify under oath that he or she has read, is familiar with, and will abide by, the Rules of Professional Conduct and the provisions of Rule 9.
An application for Rule 9 certification or Change of Supervising Attorney form can be directly from the WSBA. Upon completion of the application by the applicant and the supervising attorney, the form should be returned to the Office of the Registrar along with a check for $50.00 made payable to the Washington State Bar Association. The Law School will complete its certification and forward the application to the Bar Association. Please note, no fee will be charged to a Rule 9 applicant who is enrolled in a law school clinical program that provides free legal services for low income clients. However, when that enrollment terminates, the applicant will be required to pay the $50.00 fee to continue the limited practice of law. Students applying for this exception must complete and have their supervisors complete an Addendum to Application for Admission as a Legal Intern Form available at the Office of the Registrar.
Students may apply for a legal intern license prior to completing the required course of study if, at the time of application, the applicant is duly enrolled, not on academic probation, and will have satisfied the credit requirements set forth above by the end of the second term in which the application is made. The Law School’s certification is subject to successful completion of courses and maintenance of a grade point average of 2.0 or above.
Although Rule 9 applications with provisional certifications may be submitted to the Washington State Bar Association for processing, the WSBA will not send Rule 9 applications to the Court for licensing until the application has completed the required number of credits.
The Law School will process the Rule 9 application and provisionally certify the student only if (1) the Declaration of Supervising Lawyer form is completed prior to the Law School certification and (2) the starting date indicated by the supervising attorney for the internship is after the completion of the semester in which the student is currently enrolled.