The legal intern program allows qualified law students and recent law school graduates to engage in a limited practice of law under the supervision of a qualified member of the Idaho State Bar. The provisions and requirements for a limited license as a legal intern are set forth in Idaho Bar Commission Rule 226.
(Please see IBCR 226 for more complete explanation of the legal intern qualifications.)
To qualify for a legal intern license, the Applicant must:
- Be duly enrolled, in good academic standing, and have completed two-thirds of the prescribed course of study at a law school; that is fully or provisionally approved by the ABA.
- Have graduated from a law school that is fully or provisionally approved by the ABA within the past 12 months.
A legal intern license shall be granted for a definite period of time not to exceed twelve consecutive months, provided:
- The Applicant passes the first bar examination after graduation, the legal intern license shall terminate upon admission at the next scheduled admission ceremony; or
- The Applicant fails the first bar examination after graduation, the legal intern license shall terminate on the date the bar examination results are released.
Reciprocal admission applicants do not qualify to be legal interns under the IBCR 226.
If you have questions regarding qualifications, please call the admissions department at (208) 334-4500.
The application fee is $25. It takes approximately three weeks for the Idaho State Bar to process a complete application. It will take additional time at the Idaho Supreme Court before an order is issued.
Filling out the application
- Verify the application is current by checking the expiration date at the bottom of the forms.
- Make sure application is submitted at least four weeks before the license is needed.
- Application must be original; the Idaho State Bar does not accept copies of the application.
- Make sure that all pages are signed and all notarizations are complete.*
- If any questions are answered "yes" on the Student Affidavit, be sure that explanations are attached on a separate piece of paper at the end of the application.*
- Make sure application is legible.
* Incomplete applications will result in processing delays.
After the Idaho State Bar processes the application, it is sent to the Idaho Supreme Court. The court either grants or denies the limited license. A copy of the Court's order will be sent to the legal intern, as well as the supervising attorney and the Idaho State Bar.
It is the responsibility of the supervising attorney to immediately notify the Idaho Supreme Court and the Idaho State Bar if the legal intern is no longer employed or engaged by the supervising attorney or if there has been a change of the legal intern's place of residence which impairs the ability of the supervising attorney to perform his or her duties.
Application packets are available below. To request a PDF copy of the application, please contact the Admissions Department by email or by fax at (208) 334-2764.
The application along with complete information for this process, are available in PDF format below. Please submit all forms on white paper.
Qualifications of Supervising Attorney.
(1) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (2) below, an attorney is qualified to act as a supervising attorney who:
(A) Is actively licensed in Idaho;
(B) Has practiced law for at least five years immediately prior to submission of the legal intern Application; and
(C) Is not, and never has been, publicly sanctioned in Idaho or any other state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia, unless the Board grants express approval for the attorney to act as a supervising attorney.
(2) A faculty member at an Approved Law School who is not actively licensed in Idaho is qualified to act as a supervising attorney for a period of time not to exceed twelve (12) months from the beginning of the first semester/quarter in which the faculty member teaches at an Approved Law School in Idaho who:
(A) Satisfies the qualifications under subsections (1)(B) and (1)(C) above;
(B) Has been admitted by examination to, and is actively licensed in, another state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia;
(C) Agrees to follow and be subject to the Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct; and
(D) Limits his or her activities to supervision of legal interns and does not otherwise engage in the practice of law in Idaho.
As stated in Idaho Bar Commission Rule 226(o), a legal intern may apply for a change in supervising attorney, or add a supervising attorney, by filing a new Application.