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Other Admission

The process of admission to the bar of Iowa as a practicing attorney depends upon the type of admission you are seeking and your current status as it concerns the practice of law:

  • If you are currently a law student, you may gain temporary admission to practice in Iowa in certain situations. This is known as the Admission by Student Practice Rule. Find out more about Admission by Student Practice.

  • If you have taken the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) outside of the state of Iowa you may be able to get admitted without taking the Iowa bar. This is known as Admission by Transferred UBE Score.

  • If you are currently admitted to practice in another state, you may be able to get admitted in Iowa through a reciprocity process. This is known as Admission by Motion.

  • If you are currently admitted to practice in a country outside of the United States, you may be able to get admitted in Iowa to advise on the laws of your home jurisdiction. This is known as International Legal Consultant Licensure.

  • If you are currently admitted to practice in another state and wish to practice in Iowa on a specific legal matter, you may be able to get admitted in on a temporary basis. This is known as Admission by Pro Hac Vice.

  • If you are currently admitted to practice in another state, reside in the State of Iowa and provide legal services solely to your employer, you may be able to get admitted during the period of your employment and residency in Iowa. This is known as Admission as House Counsel.

  • If you are an inactive attorney who wishes to provide pro bono legal services, you may be able to get admitted in certain situations. This is known as the Admission as Emeritus Attorney Rule.

If you are not sure which category you fall into, please do not hesitate to contact:
Bar.Admissions@iowacourts.gov

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