Specialty Admissions

The following information provides assistance to individuals seeking non-standard admission to practice law in Nevada. For all specialty admissions requirements, please view the Nevada Supreme Court – 2016 Rulebook for Admissions.
Specialty Admissions rules include, but not limited to:

Limited Practice for Government or In-House Counsel:

Attorneys interested in limited practice, who are exclusively employed  for a single government entity or for a single corporation qualified to do business in Nevada, whose business consists of activities other than the practice of law may apply for certification under Nevada Supreme Court Rule 49.10.
Nevada Supreme Court Rule 49.10 provides for limited practice of an attorney who is admitted to practice law in any other jurisdiction, and who is employed exclusively for a single governmental entity or as in-house counsel for a single corporation (including its subsidiaries and affiliates), association, partnership, or other business entity situated in or qualified to do business in Nevada, whose lawful business consists of activities other than the practice of law or the provision of legal services.  An attorney may be certified to limited practice in this jurisdiction subject to the conditions of this rule and to such further conditions as the court may hereafter direct.
To request an application for certification under SCR 49.10 please complete a request form and return to our office.
An attorney applying for certification under this rule shall file their application with:
State Bar of Nevada
Admissions Department
3100 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 100
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Applications must include payment of a $250 filing fee.
The State Bar of Nevada shall investigate each applicant and, if necessary, interview the applicant.  An attorney certified under this rule does not qualify for active membership in the State Bar of Nevada.
Following certification under this rule the attorney may render legal advice and services to, and communicate and negotiate with third persons on behalf of, the attorney’s employer, other employees, or the employer’s subsidiaries and affiliates in matters related to the business of employer.  The certification shall terminate whenever the attorney ceases to be employed by the employer submitting an affidavit under subsection 2(c) of this rule.
More information is available in the complete rules regarding SCR 49.10.

Emeritus Attorney Pro Bono Program – SCR 49.2:

Emeritus attorneys assist low-income clients through an approved legal services (EAPB) provider by either providing direct legal representation and advice or by participating in clinics and ask-a-lawyer programs throughout the state.
Complete instructions accompany the application for the Emeritus Attorney Pro Bono Program (SCR 49.2).

Student Practice Certification – SCR 49.5:

Nevada Supreme Court Rule 49.5 provides a method for law students to practice law in a limited fashion for the purpose of practical training.

There is no fee to submit the application. All forms must be completed and submitted simultaneously. Students enrolled at the William S. Boyd School of Law are directed to begin their application process at the Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic. The clinic is located on the first floor of the law school and will prepare all the forms necessary to submit your application.

Students who are not enrolled at William S. Boyd School of Law may submit their applications directly to the State Bar of Nevada, Admissions Department, 3100 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 100, Las Vegas, NV 89102.

In order to certify for practical training, please download and complete the form for Student Practice Certification (SCR 49.5).

Legal Services Certification – SCR 72.1:

According to Supreme Court Rule 72.1, an attorney who is admitted to practice law in any other jurisdiction, and who becomes employed by or associated with an organized legal services program funded from state, federal or recognized charitable sources and providing legal assistance to indigents in civil matters, may be admitted to practice before all courts of Nevada.

Attorneys applying for admission under this rule must file the Legal Services Application Request Form along with a $50 application fee.