Comity Admission Requirements
Below are the requirements for admissions by comity:
- Applicant must have graduated from an ABA Accredited Law School
- Applicant must have been duly licensed in a reciprocal jurisdiction and engaged in the full-time practice of law as principal means of livelihood for a minimum of four out of the six years immediately preceding the filing of the application
- Applicant may be required to submit supporting documentation, including time sheets, to substantiate that Applicant meets the requirements for admission by comity.
- For more detailed information regarding the Requirements for Admission by Comity, please see Rule .0502 below.
RULE .0502 – REQUIREMENTS FOR COMITY APPLICANTS
Any attorney at law duly admitted to practice in another state, or territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, upon written application may, in the discretion of the Board, be licensed to practice law in the State of North Carolina without written examination provided each such applicant shall:
- File with the Secretary, upon such forms as may be supplied by the Board, a typed application in duplicate which will be considered by the Board after at least six (6) months from the date of filing; the application requires:
- That an applicant supply full and complete information in regard to his background, including family, past residences, education, military, employment, credit status, whether he has been a party to any disciplinary or legal proceedings, mental illness, references, the nature of the applicant’s practice of law, and familiarity with the code of Professional Responsibility as Promulgated by the North Carolina State Bar.
- That the applicant furnishes the following documentation:
- Certificates of Moral Character from four (4) individuals who know the applicant;
- A recent photograph;
- Two (2) sets of clear fingerprints;
- A certification of the Court of Last Resort from the jurisdiction from which the applicant is applying;
- Transcripts from the applicant’s undergraduate and graduate schools;
- A copy of all applications for admission to the practice of law that he has filed with any state, territory, or the District of Columbia;
- A certificate of admission to the bar of any state, territory, or the District of Columbia;
- A certificate from the proper court or body of every state in which the applicant is licensed therein that he is in good standing and not under pending charges of misconduct;
- Pay to the Board with each typewritten application, a fee of $2,000.00, no part of which will be refunded to the applicant whose application is denied.
- Prove to the satisfaction of the Board that the applicant is duly licensed to practice law in a state, or territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, having comity with North Carolina and that in such state, or territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, while so licensed therein, the applicant has been for a least four out of the last six years, immediately preceding the filing of this application with the Secretary, actively and substantially engaged in the full-time practice of law. Practice of law for the purposes of this rule when conducted pursuant to a license granted by another jurisdiction shall include:
- The practice of law as defined by G.S. 84-2.1; or
- Activities which would constitute the practice of law if done for the general public; or
- Legal service as a corporate counsel; or
- Judicial service in a court of record or other legal service with any local or state government or with the federal government; or Service as a member of a Judge Advocate General’s Department of one of the military branches of the United States, whether or not such service is in the jurisdiction in which the applicant is duly licensed; or
- A full time faculty member in a law school approved by the Council of the North Carolina State Bar.
Employment in North Carolina, when conducted pursuant to a license granted by another jurisdiction, to meet the requirement of this rule is limited to:
- Employment as house counsel by a person, firm, association, or corporation engaged in business in this state which business does not include the selling or furnishing of legal advice or services to others; or
- Employment as a full time faculty member of a law school approved by the Council of the North Carolina State Bar; or
- Employment as a full time member of the faculty of the Institute of Government of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; or
- Service as a member of a Judge Advocate General’s Department of one of the military branches of the United States.
- Satisfy the Board that the state, or territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, in which the applicant is licensed, and from which he seeks comity, will admit North Carolina attorneys to the practice of law in such state, or territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, without written examination, other than the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination;
- Be in good standing in every jurisdiction within each state, territory of the United Sates, or the District of Columbia, in which the applicant is or has been licensed to practice law and not under any charges of misconduct while the application is pending before the Board. For purposes of this rule, an applicant is “in good standing” in a jurisdiction if:
- the applicant is an active member of the bar of the jurisdiction and the jurisdiction issues a certificate attesting to the applicant’s good standing therein; or
- the applicant was formerly a member of the jurisdiction and the jurisdiction certifies the applicant was in good standing at the time that the applicant ceased to be a member; and
- if the jurisdiction in which the applicant is inactive or was formerly a member will not certify the applicant’s good standing solely because of the non-payment of dues, the Board, in its discretion, may waive such certification from that
The applicant must not only be in good standing but also must be an active member of each jurisdiction on which the applicant relies for admission by comity.
- Be of good moral character and have satisfied the requirements of Section .0600 of the Rules;
- Meet the educational requirements of Section .0700 of the Rules if first licensed to practice law after August, 1971;
- Not have taken and failed the written North Carolina Bar Examination within five (5) years prior to the date of filing the applicant’s comity application;
- Have stood and passed the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination approved by the Board.