Eligibility Requirements for a Limited License

1)  Registration and acceptance as a law student with the Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners

  • Students may apply and take the exam prior to approval, but may not be sworn in until the character & fitness investigation has been completed
  • Students that are targeting another state after graduation may be eligible for completion of a law student registration/character & fitness investigation in that jurisdiction (if available)

Refer to Rule 2.1(d)
Students that do not plan to take the Oklahoma Bar may still obtain a limited license to practice law in Oklahoma by successfully completing a law student registration/character & fitness investigation in a state whose standards for admission are at least as high as those for Oklahoma. Contact the Legal Internship Program Administrator for assistance. The burden rests on the law student to investigate the preferred jurisdiction’s standards and procedures as follow:

a) The jurisdiction must require law student registration
b) The jurisdiction must accept registrations from out-of-state law students
c) The registration must include a character & fitness investigation
d) If the jurisdiction does not use the National Conference of Bar Examiners Character & Fitness Report, its in-house investigation must be substantively comparable to the NCBE

2)  Successful completion of half the number of JD credit hours required by the ABA*

  • Students may apply and take the exam prior to completion, but may not be sworn in until the hours are completed
  • Course grades must be posted to law school transcripts as confirmation of successful completion of credit hours and academic good standing
  • MBA hours acquired in the joint JD/MBA program are not considered

*ABA Standards: Program of Legal Education
Standard 311. Academic Program and Academic Calendar
(a) A law school shall require, as a condition for graduation, successful completion of a course of study of not fewer than 83 credit hours. At least 64 of these credit hours shall be in courses that require attendance in regularly scheduled classroom sessions or direct faculty instruction.

3)  Successful completion of Civil Procedure I & II, Evidence and Legal Profession

  • Students may apply and take the exam prior to completion, but may not be sworn in until the courses are completed
  • Course grades must be posted to law school transcripts as confirmation of successful completion

4)  Academic good standing

  • Graduating grade point average

5)  Regular enrollment in law school

6)  Minimum passing score of 70% on the Legal Internship Examination

  • Students taking both Sections A and B must pass each section
  • The two scores are not combined for an overall pass/fail outcome

7)  Approved supervising attorney

  • Students may apply and take the exam without filing a Supervising Attorney form, but may not be sworn in until the form is filed and the attorney is approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association

8)  Enrollment in the law school’s Legal Internship program

  • Students must maintain enrollment for each semester in which they are utilizing an intern’s license (including the summer term)