to the Bar
Court Rules Governing
Admission and Practice
Chapter 31 of the Iowa Court Rules governs who may practice law in Iowa.† Qualified persons seeking admission to the
bar or authority to appear in an action in an Iowa court should refer to the following
Rules 31.2-31.11.† Admission by examination.†
Rules 31.12-31.13.† Admission without examination of a lawyer licensed
to practice law in another state.
Rule 31.14.† Admission pro hac viceó Application
for Admission Pro Hac Vice
Rule 31.15.† Permitted practice by a law student as part
of an educational program approved by a law school and the court.
Rule 31.16.† Registration of house counsel for a
corporation, association, or other business, educational, or governmental
entity engaged in business in Iowa.
Rules, See Chapter 31
for information about admission to the bar.
The Board of Law
The Board of Law
Examiners, appointed by the Iowa Supreme Court, reviews the qualifications of
law school graduates seeking admission to practice law in Iowa.
The board administers
the Iowa Bar Examination and tests the legal knowledge and skills of bar
applicants.† The board supervises the
grading of the examination and recommends to the Supreme Court all applicants
who pass the examination and who meet the character and fitness
requirements.† For information on this
process, call the Office of Professional Regulation, (515) 725-8029.
The board is composed of seven members - five
Iowa lawyers and two lowa residents who are not lawyers.† Appointments shall be for three-year
terms.† Members shall serve no more than
three terms or nine years, whichever is less. The following persons currently
serve on the board:
Brent A. Cashatt, Board Chair, attorney,
Cheryl L. Weber, Vice Chair, attorney, Waterloo
F. Richard Lyford, attorney, Des Moines
Lora McCollom, attorney, West Des
Jean Dickson, attorney, Bettendorf
Virgil Muilenburg, Orange City
Patricia Thayer, Orange City