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Information for Out-of-State Attorneys

Attorneys not admitted in Ohio who wish to render legal services in Ohio should consult the following links for information on admission, registration, and certification requirements.

Pro Hac Vice Admission
Required for out-of-state attorneys seeking permission to appear in a proceeding before an Ohio tribunal.

Corporate Counsel Status Registration
Required for out-of-state attorneys who are employees of a nongovernmental employer (not an Ohio law firm), have a systematic and continuous presence in Ohio as permitted by Prof. Cond. R. 5.5(d)(1), and perform legal services in Ohio for that employer.

Expanded Legal Assistance Program (for non-Ohio military attorneys)
Attorneys who are not admitted in Ohio but who are admitted in at least one other United States jurisdiction and who are employed by, serving in, or assigned to the armed forces at a military installation in Ohio may submit an Application for Military Legal Assistance Attorney Registration. Once registered, these attorneys may be able to represent lower-ranking service members in Ohio tribunals.

Military Spouse Attorneys Admission
An attorney present in Ohio who is the spouse of an active service member of the United States Armed Forces assigned to a military installation within Ohio may be eligible for temporary admission to the practice of law in Ohio.

Office of Bar Admissions

Multijurisdictional Practice
Rule 5.5 of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct authorizes out-of-state attorneys to provide legal services on a temporary basis in Ohio in certain circumstances.

Choice of Law in Discipline Matters
Pursuant to Rule 8.5 of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct, a lawyer not admitted in Ohio is subject to the disciplinary authority of Ohio if the lawyer provides or offers to provide any legal services in Ohio.

Board on the Unauthorized Practice of Law
The Board on the Unauthorized Practice of Law of the Supreme Court of Ohio conducts hearings, preserves the record, and makes findings and recommendations to the Court in cases involving the alleged unauthorized practice of law.

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