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Application Process in Place for In-house Counsel to Seek Limited License in New Jersey

For immediate release:December 30, 2003
For further information: contact:
Tammy Kendig, AOC
(609) 292-9580

An application form is now available online for lawyers who are employed as in-house counsel to apply for a limited New Jersey law license. The form can be downloaded from the New Jersey Judiciary Web site at www.njcourtsonline.com. A link for the Board of Bar Examiners, where the form and instructions are housed, can be found on the "Quick Site Menu" at the top of the front page.

According to Court Rule 1:27-2, which takes effect on January 1, 2004, attorneys who currently are employed as in-house counsel without a New Jersey law license must file an application for a limited license by March 31, 2004. Lawyers who fail to make a timely application for licensure under the rule may be referred to the Committee on Character or the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.

Lawyers who receive a limited license under Rule 1:27-2 are obligated to pay the same annual assessments (to support the attorney disciplinary system, the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection, and the New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program) as lawyers with a plenary license.

Court Rule 1:27-2 is the result of a report filed earlier this year by the Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on Bar Admissions that recommended its promulgation as a way to better regulate the practice of in-house counsel. In response to the report, the Supreme Court released an administrative determination that includes the creation of the new court rule.

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