Updated: May 31, 2019

Washington Supreme Court APR 9 for Licensed Legal Interns 

Washington Supreme Court Admission and Practice Rule (APR) 9 grants a limited license to law students, and Washington Supreme Court APR 6 law clerks, and recent law school graduates to practice law under the supervision of a lawyer who has at least three years of active legal experience. Washington Supreme Court APR 9 Licensed Legal Interns gain valuable supervised practice and courtroom experience through law school legal clinics, public and nonprofit programs, and private firms.

Interested in applying? Please read the following before filling out the application.


To be eligible to apply for a Washington Supreme Court Rule 9 Legal Intern License, you must:

You may apply up to nine months after graduation from an ABA-approved law school.

How to Apply

To apply for a Washington Supreme Court Rule 9 Legal Intern License, please review the information below.

  • Read the application instructions and all questions carefully. You most likely will need to attach additional explanations and addenda. Failure to provide a complete application will result in delays.
  • Complete the Rule 9 Legal Intern Application and include the $50 application fee. Do not include the instructions sheet with your application. Do not print the application double-sided. Do not leave any fields blank.
  • The only applicants exempt from the $50 fee are students enrolled in full-time clinics through their law school that provides free legal services for low-income clients. Externships and other legal aid organizations do not qualify. Applicants who are exempt from the fee will have to pay later if they change their supervision to a non-clinical setting.
  • Do not fax or email the application; original signatures are required for all parts of the application.
  • If you are already licensed, you do not need to re-apply. Please use the Change of Supervisor form.

Receiving Your License

The review process for Washington Supreme Court APR 9 Licensed Legal Intern applications proceeds as follows. From start to finish, this can take two to four weeks, unless a character and fitness issue requires additional investigation or a hearing.

NOTE: Failure to provide complete answers with requisite supplementary documentation will result in delays beyond this timeline.

  1. WSBA receives application and payment. Payment is processed.
  2. Application receives initial review by WSBA staff. Applicant is contacted regarding missing items or discrepancies.
  3. If appropriate under factors outlined in Washington Supreme Court Rule APRs 20-24.2(a) regarding good moral character and fitness to practice law, applications will be referred to Regulatory Services Counsel for review. More information may be requested from applicant.
  4. After an application is submitted and approved, the application will be forwarded to the Washington Supreme Court with recommendation for order admitting you to limited practice in Washington.
  5. The Washington Supreme Court will return an order granting admission for the applicant to practice as authorized by Washington Supreme Court APR 9. WSBA staff will create an ID card and mail it to the applicant at the address on file for the supervising lawyer. You cannot act as a Washington Supreme Court Rule 9 Licensed Legal Intern until you receive your ID card and when your supervision officially begins.

Please direct questions about Rule 9 Licensed Legal Interns to rule9@wsba.org or 206-727-8326.


Please Note : All applicants are subject to a character and fitness review prior to being admitted to practice law in Washington.  Factors considered by Admissions staff and Bar Counsel when determining whether an applicant should be referred to the Character and Fitness Board are set forth in Washington Supreme Court Admission and Practice Rules (APR)  20-24.2(a). 

Any discrepancy or conflict between the information provided here and the rules and regulations set by the Washington Supreme Court, or the Bylaws and policies of the Washington State Bar Association, is unintentional and will be resolved in favor of strict compliance with the rules, regulations, Bylaws and policies.