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Application for Certification to Practice Pending Admission

Before completing this application, please review the following:

Rule I of the Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar

Gov. Bar R. I, Sec. 19 became effective on Sept. 2, 2019, and was revised on Sept. 1, 2021. Gov. Bar R. I, Sec. 19 states that if certain requirements are met, an out-of-state attorney may practice Ohio law if that attorney is eligible for admission to the Ohio bar and has submitted an application for admission.

Filing a Complete Application

Beginning Jan. 26, 2022, all applications for admission to the practice of law in Ohio must be filed using the Bar Admissions Portal. The Office of Bar Admissions will not accept paper applications after this date.

In order to file an application for Practice Pending Admission (“PPA”), you must submit the following:

  1. Application for Certification to Practice Pending Admission
  2. Certification
    The Certification must be properly executed and uploaded on the Bar Admissions Portal.
  3. Affidavit of Ohio Attorney
    The Affidavit of Ohio must be properly executed and uploaded on the Bar Admissions Portal.

Fee Payment

The only fee collected with the PPA application is if a petition is required and submitted.  The Supreme Court of Ohio fees are non-refundable or transferable.

Additional Admissions Information

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the Office of Bar Admissions at 614.387.9340 or

If an applicant is located in Ohio and providing legal services in another jurisdiction, a PPA application may not be necessary. If the legal services are based solely on the laws of another jurisdiction, recent revisions to Prof. R. Cond. 5.5(c) allow for remote practice of another jurisdictions’ laws within Ohio. If you have questions as to whether your specific situation would require a PPA application, please contact our office to discuss your application.

An applicant must submit the complete application for Practice Pending Admission within 90 days of providing Ohio legal services. An applicant who fails to timely submit their application within 90 days of providing Ohio legal services must petition the Court to accept their late filing, and request that the Court grant them permission to practice. Petitions should be accompanied by a $30 petition fee, made payable to the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Considerable discretion is given to the applicant and his/her associating attorney in determining what the relationship requires.  Both attorneys should consider the duties, demands, and requirements of the Ohio legal work being undertaken, with paramount importance being placed on accountability to the client.  For further definitional guidance, please refer to the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct and Gov. Bar R. XII, which governs pro hac vice admission in Ohio.

No more than 365 days from the acceptance of the application to practice pending admission, unless that time period is extended by the Office of Bar Admissions upon receipt and consideration of a petition from the applicant.  The fee for a petition to waive a rule provision is $30.

Upon acceptance of a PPA application, the applicant will be issued an Ohio attorney registration number and will be designated as “Practice Pending Admission” in the Attorney Directory maintained by the Office of Attorney Services.  Additionally, applicants practicing under PPA do not have an attorney registration or CLE requirement.  Any CLE activity taken prior to full admission to the practice of law in Ohio cannot be applied towards any future CLE requirements.

If an applicant becomes subject to criminal charges or a disciplinary investigation or sanction in any jurisdiction at any time during the PPA period, the applicant must notify both the Office of Disciplinary Counsel and the Office of Bar Admissions.

Yes. PPA immediately terminates upon: 1) the expiration of the 365 day period, unless extended; 2) the withdrawal of the applicant’s application for admission; 3) the applicant’s application for admission is disapproved (Admission Without Examination, UBE Transfer or Bar Examination Application); 4) the applicant fails the bar examination; 5) the applicant fails to remain associated with an active Ohio attorney in good standing; 6) the applicant is disbarred, suspended, or has resigned from the practice of law with disciplinary action pending in any jurisdiction in which the applicant is authorized to practice; and/or 7) the applicant fails to perform the aforementioned reporting duties.

Applications for Practice Pending Admission must be reviewed by staff prior to a certificate being issued. If any additional information is needed, we will reach out to you. At this time, please anticipate that the review will take approximately two weeks. Once the review is complete, and there are no outstanding issues, your certificate will be issued and uploaded to your Bar Admissions Portal.

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