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Office of the Revisor of Statutes

PROFESSIONAL RULES

Student Practice Rules

Rule 2.Clinical Student Practice

2.01Representation

An eligible law student may, under the supervision of a member of the bar, perform all functions that an attorney may perform in representing and appearing on behalf of a client.

2.02Eligible Law Students

An eligible law student is one who:

(1) is duly enrolled at the time of original certification in a school of law approved by the American Bar Association;

(2) has completed at the time of original certification legal studies equivalent to at least two semesters of full-time study;

(3) is enrolled at the time of original certification in a law school clinical program;

(4) has been certified by the dean or designee of the law school as being of good academic standing; and

(5) has been identified as a student and accepted by the client.

(Amended effective August 6, 2013.)

2.03Certification

Certification of a student by the law school shall be filed with the Board of Law Examiners for approval. Written notification of approval shall be provided the law school. The certification shall remain in effect for twelve (12) months after the date filed. Law students may be recertified for additional 12-month periods. Certification shall terminate sooner than twelve (12) months upon the occurrence of the following events:

(1) Certification is withdrawn by the dean by mailing notice to that effect to the law student and the Board of Law Examiners along with the reason(s) for such withdrawal;

(2) Certification is terminated by the Board of Law Examiners by mailing a notice to that effect to the law student and to the dean along with the reason(s) for such termination;

(3) The student does not take the first bar examination following his or her graduation, upon which the certification will terminate on the first day of the exam;

(4) The student takes but fails the bar examination, upon which the certification will terminate upon notice to the dean and the law student of such failure; or

(5) The student takes and passes the bar examination and is admitted to the bar of this court.

(Amended effective May 1, 2013.)

2.04Supervisory Attorney

The attorney who supervises a student shall:

(1) be a member of the bar of this court;

(2) assume personal professional responsibility for and supervision of the student's work;

(3) assist the student to the extent necessary;

(4) sign all pleadings;

(5) appear with the student in all trials;

(6) appear with the student at all other proceedings unless the attorney deems his or her personal appearance unnecessary to assure proper supervision. This authorization shall be made in writing and shall be available to the judge or other official conducting the proceedings upon request.

2.05Miscellaneous

Nothing contained in this rule shall affect the existing rules of this court or the right of any person who is not admitted to practice law to do anything that he or she might lawfully do prior to the adoption of this rule.

(Amended effective May 1, 2013; amended effective August 6, 2013.)