Application for Certification to Practice Pending Admission

Effective Sept. 2, 2019, Gov. Bar R. I, Sec. 19, states that if certain requirements are met, an out-of-state attorney may practice law in Ohio if that attorney is eligible for admission to the Ohio bar without examination and also has submitted an application for admission without examination.

FAQ
Application Materials

Frequently Asked Questions

PPA for applicants who are already admitted and in good standing in another jurisdiction

  1. When does the application for Practice Pending Admission need to be submitted?
  2. An applicant for Practice Pending Admission must submit the complete application for Practice Pending Admission within 90 days of providing legal services in Ohio. An applicant who fails to timely submit their application within 90 days of providing legal services in Ohio 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.

  3. As referred to in Gov. Bar R. I, Sec. 19(A)(6) , what does “[a]ssociates with” mean?
  4. 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.

  5. Does a PPA applicant need to associate with an active Ohio attorney in good standing if the applicant will NOT be practicing Ohio law while practicing pending admission?
  6. No.  If the applicant does not intend to practice Ohio law while practicing pending admission, the applicant must file a form affidavit swearing to that effect.  The form is located on the Court’s Admission without Examination/PPA Forms Web page.

  7. How long can I practice pending my Ohio admission?
  8. 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.

  9. How does attorney registration work for an attorney practicing pending admission?
  10. 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.

  11. What reporting duties does an attorney practicing pending admission possess?
  12. 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.

  13. Can PPA terminate?
  14. 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) if practicing Ohio law, 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.

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Application Materials

Links to Online Application Materials Notice
1. Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio -- Rule I. Admission to the Practice of Law These documents contain important information you must read before completing your application.
2. Definitions of Essential Eligibility Requirements for the Practice of Law
3. Decisions Issued by the Supreme Court of Ohio that Relate to Character and Fitness
4. National Conference of Bar Examiners -- Fee Schedule
5. Applicant’s Character Questionnaire
To be completed by applicant
After completing the NCBE’s electronic Character Questionnaire, be sure to print out and include an original hardcopy of the Questionnaire and a copy of the Questionnaire with your application.
Practice Pending Admission Documents for Download
1. Application for Certification to Practice Pending Admission
2. Certification
3. Affidavit of Ohio Attorney (required if practicing Ohio law)

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