RULE 1:27. Admission To Practice

1:27-1. Plenary Admission

  • (a) Qualification for Licensure. No person shall be admitted to the bar of this State unless the following shall first have successfully occurred in a manner prescribed by the rules of the Board of Bar Examiners:

    • (1) Passage of the bar examination;

    • (2) Certification of good character by the Committee on Character pursuant to R. 1:25 and the regulations of that body; and

    • (3) Attainment of a qualifying score on the Multi-State Professional Responsibility Examination or passage of an approved course on professional ethics given by an American Bar Association-accredited law school.

  • (b) Report to Supreme Court. The Board of Bar Examiners shall report to the Supreme Court the names of those applicants whose qualifications accord with these Rules. The Supreme Court may then authorize the administration of the oaths prescribed by Rule 1:27-4 in such manner as the Court shall deem appropriate.

  • (c) Roll of Attorneys; Oath Card. Within thirty days of taking the attorney's oath, attorneys must file the completed Roll of Attorneys oath card with the Clerk of the Supreme Court. If the oath card is not properly filed within that period, the attorney's admission shall not be effective. Subject to paragraph (d) of this Rule, an attorney who has not timely filed an oath card must re-take the oath of admission and complete a new card. Except by leave of the Supreme Court, the date of admission to the bar of such an attorney shall not relate back to the original administration of the oaths.

  • (d) Time Limit on Admission. Admission to practice must occur no more than ninety days after the date the candidate has become eligible the administration of the attorney's oaths.

    (e) Registration Statement. Failure to file the registration statement required by Rule 1:20-1(c) within thirty days of its receipt shall cause the name of the delinquent attorney to be included in an Order of the Supreme Court declaring him or her ineligible to practice law until such statement is filed.

Note: Source-R.R. 1:22-1(a) (b); paragraph (b) amended July 29, 1977 to be effective September 6, 1977; paragraph (a) amended and paragraph (d) adopted July 24, 1978 to be effective September 11, 1978; caption amended and paragraph (d) deleted September 21, 1981 to be effective immediately; caption amended and new paragraph (a) adopted, former paragraph (a) amended and redesignated (b) and former paragraphs (b) and (c) deleted September 21, 1981 to be effective February 1, 1982; paragraph (b) amended January 31, 1984 to be effective February 15, 1984; paragraph (b) amended July 26, 1984 to be effective September 10, 1984; paragraph (a)(4) deleted November 5, 1986 to be effective January 1, 1987; paragraph (b) caption and text amended and last sentence redesignated paragraph (c) and caption adopted November 7, 1988 to be effective January 2, 1989; paragraph (b) amended and redesignated as paragraphs (b) and (d), former paragraph (c) amended and redesignated as paragraph (e), and new paragraph (c) adopted July 10, 1998 to be effective September 1, 1998; paragraph (d) amended July 5, 2000 to be effective September 5, 2000; paragraph (b) amended November 8, 2004 to be effective immediately.

1:27-2. Limited License; In-House Counsel.

To be eligible to practice law in New Jersey as an in-house counsel, a lawyer must comply with the provisions of this Rule. A limited license issued by the Supreme Court pursuant to this Rule shall authorize the lawyer to practice solely for the designated employer in New Jersey. Except as specifically limited herein, the rules, rights and privileges governing the practice of law in this State shall be applicable to a lawyer admitted under this Rule.

  • (a) In-House Counsel Defined. In-House Counsel is a lawyer who is employed in New Jersey for a corporation, a partnership, association, or other legal entity (taken together with its respective parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates) authorized to transact business in this State that is not itself engaged in the practice of law or the rendering of legal services outside such organization, whether for a fee or otherwise, and does not charge or collect a fee for the representation or advice other than to entities comprising such organization.

  • (b) Requirements. All applications under this Rule are to be submitted to the Secretary to the Board of Bar Examiners. An in-house counsel who is admitted to practice law before the highest court of any other state, territory of the United States, Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia (hereinafter a United States jurisdiction) may receive a limited license to practice law in this State under the following conditions:

    • (i) The applicant certifies that he or she is a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of each United States jurisdiction in which the applicant is licensed to practice law and provides a certificate of good standing from each United States jurisdiction in which the applicant is admitted;

    • (ii) The applicant certifies that: (a) no disciplinary proceedings are pending against the applicant and that no discipline has previously been imposed on the applicant in any jurisdiction; or (b) if discipline has been previously imposed, the certification shall state the date, jurisdiction, nature of the violation, and the sanction imposed. If proceedings are pending, the certification shall specify the jurisdiction, the charges, and the likely time of their disposition. A lawyer admitted under this Rule shall have the continuing obligation during the period of such admission promptly to inform the Director of the Office of Attorney Ethics pursuant to Rule 1:20-14(a) of a disposition made of disciplinary proceedings. Any questions concerning the character or fitness of a lawyer may be referred to the Supreme Court Committee on Character for review and recommendation (Rule 1:25). The submission of an application for an In-House Limited License shall be a consent to such investigation as the Committee on Character deems appropriate;

    • (iii)The applicant certifies that he or she performs legal services in this State solely for the identified employer, or that he or she performs legal services in this State solely for the identified employer and its constituents (employees, directors, officers, members, partners, shareholders) in respect of the same proceeding of claim as the employer, provided that the performance of such services is consistent with RPC 1.13 and RPC 1.7; and

    • (iv) The employer certifies through an officer, director or general counsel that the applicant is employed as a lawyer for said employer, that the applicant is of good moral character, and that the nature of the employment conforms to the requirements of this Rule.

  • (c) Compliance. A lawyer admitted pursuant to this Rule shall comply with the annual assessments pursuant to R. 1:20-1(b) (Disciplinary Oversight Committee), R. 1:28-2 (New Jersey Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection), and R.1:28B-1(e) (Lawyers Assistance Program).

  • (d) Limitation. In-house counsel shall not appear as Attorney of Record for his or her employer, its parent, subsidiary, affiliated entities or any of their constituents in any case or matter pending before the courts of this State, except pursuant to R. 1:21-1(c) and R. 1:21-2.

  • (e) Duration. The limited license to practice law in this State shall expire if such lawyer is admitted to the Bar of this State under any other rule of this Court, or if such lawyer ceases to be an employee for the employer or its parent, subsidiary, or affiliated entities, listed on such lawyer's application, whichever shall first occur; provided, however, that if such lawyer, within ninety days of ceasing to be an employee for the employer or its parent, subsidiary, or affiliated entities listed on such lawyer's application, becomes employed by another employer for which such lawyer shall perform legal services as in-house counsel, such lawyer may maintain his or her admission under this Rule by promptly filing with the Secretary to the Board of Bar Examiners a certification to such effect, stating the date on which his or her prior employment ceased and his/her new employment commenced, identifying his or her new employer and reaffirming that he or she shall not provide legal services, in this State, to any individual or entity other than as described in (b)(iii). The lawyer shall also file a certification of the new employer as described in (b)(iv). In the event that the employment of a lawyer admitted under this Rule shall cease with no subsequent employment by a successor employer within ninety days, such lawyer shall promptly file with the Secretary to the Board of Bar Examiners a statement to such effect, stating the date that such employment ceased.

  • (f) Fee. Each applicant for a limited license shall pay the required fees as established by the Board of Bar Examiners and approved by the Supreme Court.

Note: New R. 1:27-2 adopted November 17, 2003 to be effective January 1, 2004; paragraph (e) amended November 29, 2006 to be effective immediately; first paragraph, subparagraph (b)(iii), and paragraphs (d) and (e) amended July 9, 2008 to be effective September 1, 2008.

1:27-3. Admission of Law School Teachers

An applicant for admission who has been engaged full time in the teaching of law at an approved law school in the State for 5 years immediately preceding the application may be admitted as an attorney of this State, without examination or completion of a skills and methods course, provided the applicant has been admitted, after examination, as an attorney of another state whose educational qualifications for admission to the bar are equal to those of this State. In determining the 5 year period the Supreme Court may grant credit for time spent on leave of absence from such law school. The application shall be made to the Board of Bar Examiners, in accordance with its rules, and the Board shall expeditiously investigate the application and file its report and recommendations thereon to the Supreme Court for appropriate action by it.

Note: Source -- R.R. 1:20-2(b), adopted as R. 1:27-2; amended July 29, 1977 to be effective September 6, 1977; amended November 7, 1988 to be effective January 2, 1989; renumbered as R. 1:27-3 November 17, 2003 to be effective January 1, 2004.

1:27-4. Oath or Affirmation on Admission

No person shall be admitted as an attorney of this State without first taking the oath to support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of New Jersey, the oath of allegiance to this State, and the oath of office as an attorney. An affirmation may be given in lieu of oath.

Note: Source-R.R. 1:22-3; adopted as R. 1:27-3; amended July 13, 1994 to be effective September 1, 1994; renumbered as R. 1:27-4 November 17, 2003 to be effective January 1, 2004.
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