Rule 34. Application for Admission
Arizona Revised Statutes AnnotatedRules of the Supreme Court of ArizonaEffective: January 1, 2022
Effective: January 1, 2022
A.R.S. Sup.Ct.Rules, Rule 34
Rule 34. Application for Admission
(a) Methods of admission to the practice of law in Arizona. Persons desiring to be admitted to the practice of law in the State of Arizona may apply for admission by one of three methods: (1) admission by Arizona uniform bar examination, (2) admission on motion, or (3) admission by transfer of uniform bar examination score from another jurisdiction.
D. the applicant is a graduate with a juris doctor from a law school provisionally or fully approved by the American Bar Association at the time of graduation or the applicant is a graduate with a juris doctor and has been actively engaged in the authorized practice of law in one or more states, territories, or the District of Columbia for at least three of the last five years prior to filing an application for admission to practice in Arizona; and
F. provides by the deadline to the Committee on Character and Fitness, on a form provided by the Committee, an affidavit attested to by the applicant and the law school that they meet the above criteria. The law school's decision whether to certify that the student meets the criteria is final and shall not be subject to review by the Committee or the Court.
No applicant shall be recommended to practice law until graduation or satisfaction of all requirements for graduation, and completion of all requirements for admission to the practice of law under these rules. If an applicant under this subsection has not graduated with a juris doctor within one hundred twenty (120) days of the first day of early exam administration, all parts of the Arizona uniform bar examination, including the score, are void and the applicant's examination scores shall not be disclosed for any purpose. Scores may not be released until such time as satisfactory proof of award of juris doctor, as determined by the Court, is provided to the Committee. An early examination which is voided shall count as an examination attempt under Rule 35(c)(1).
At the completion of the juris doctor requirements and within sixty (60) days after graduation, the applicant must cause his or her law school, dean, or registrar to submit to the Committee on Character and Fitness proof of graduation, showing his or her juris doctor was conferred within one hundred twenty (120) days of the first day of early exam administration. Failure to complete the course of study within one hundred twenty (120) days of the examination and provide evidence of graduation within an additional sixty (60) days shall render the applicant's score void.
3. The Committee on Character and Fitness shall endeavor to complete its inquiries, some or all of which may be delegated to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, to be in position to recommend for or against a successful Arizona uniform bar examinee's admission to the practice of law no later than the time the results of the Arizona uniform bar examination are available for examination applicants. This time limitation is aspirational only, and may be extended for further inquiry and formulation of a recommendation when the circumstances of a case so require.
(c) Application and Character Report Materials. Any person desiring to be admitted to the practice of law in the State of Arizona must submit to the Committee on Character and Fitness an application in the form supplied by the Committee. The application for admission must be accompanied by required supporting documents and application fee.
1. The Arizona uniform bar examination applicant shall also complete and submit a character report accompanied by a character investigation fee as established by the Court. For an Arizona uniform bar examination applicants only, the character report and related fee may be submitted separately from the application for admission.
1. subject to the exception made in paragraph (b)(1)(D) of this rule, the applicant's law school diploma, or other evidence satisfactory to the Committee on Character and Fitness showing the applicant is a graduate with a juris doctor degree from a law school provisionally or fully approved by the American Bar Association at the time of graduation;
2. if the applicant has been previously admitted to practice law in any jurisdiction, foreign or domestic, the certificate of the appropriate court agency(ies) or the mandatory bar association, whichever has custody of the roll of attorneys in such jurisdiction, indicating the date of admission and that the applicant is presently in good standing, or that the applicant resigned in good standing or is capable of achieving good standing status in that jurisdiction;
5. a full face photograph of the applicant's head, neck and shoulders, without a hat, and not larger than two and one-half (2.5) inches by two and one half (2.5) inches nor smaller than two (2) inches by two (2) inches taken within six months prior to filing with the Committee on Character and Fitness; and
2. The application for admission and all of the documents required to be submitted by the Arizona uniform bar examination applicant must be timely submitted, with required fees, in accordance with the schedule and filing fees established by the Court. In the event an application, documents or fees are submitted after the initial filing deadline, late fees as established by the Court shall be assessed. No application, documents or fees will be accepted after the close of filing deadline, as established by the Court.
Any applicant failing to pass a written Arizona uniform bar examination who wishes to take the next subsequent examination must submit an application for examination, required supporting documentation, and application and examination fees as established by the Court, no later than twenty days after the date of the letter notifying the applicant of the applicant's failure to pass the written examination. If the application is submitted after twenty days, a late application fee shall be paid in accordance with the schedule and filing fees established by the Court. No application for subsequent Arizona uniform bar examination will be accepted after the filing deadline as established by the Court.
3. When an application to take the Arizona uniform bar examination is properly filed with required supporting documents, after review, the applicant shall be promptly notified that the application is in order and that the applicant is certified to sit for the Arizona uniform bar examination, specifying the time and place of such examination.
The applicant shall:
A. either (i) have been admitted by bar examination to practice law in another jurisdiction allowing for admission of Arizona lawyers on a basis equivalent to this rule and primarily engaged in the active practice of law in one or more state(s) territories or the District of Columbia for three of the five years immediately preceding the date upon which the application was filed, or (ii) have been admitted by bar examination to practice law in another jurisdiction that does not allow for admission of Arizona lawyers on a basis equivalent to this rule and thereafter were admitted to and primarily engaged in the active practice of law in another jurisdiction allowing admission of Arizona lawyers on a basis equivalent to this rule for three of the five years immediately preceding the date upon which the application is filed;
2. For the purposes of this rule, the “active practice of law” shall include the following activities, if performed in a jurisdiction in which the applicant is admitted, or if performed in a jurisdiction that permits such activity by a lawyer not admitted to practice; however, in no event shall any activities that were performed in advance of bar admission in some state, territory or the District of Columbia be accepted toward the durational requirement:
3. For purposes of this rule, the active practice of law shall not include work that, as undertaken, constituted the unauthorized practice of law in the jurisdiction in which it was performed or in the jurisdiction in which the clients receiving the unauthorized services were located. The “active practice of law” is further defined to require that at all times in the durational period the applicant has held a law license in “active” status.
3. may request that the Committee perform an initial review of the applicant's application to determine whether the applicant meets the active practice requirement. The request must be received prior to the Committee commencing its investigation. Upon applicant's written request, the Committee shall determine whether applicant meets the active practice requirement and provide the applicant with a written determination. If applicant fails to meet the active practice requirement, the Committee shall refund that portion of the application fee as determined by the Court.
The applicant shall:
C. submit evidence of a passing score on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination as it is established in this jurisdiction, earned within eight years of the date of application or within the time frame for taking the oath of admission after the successful bar examination in order to have the applicant's score accepted by the Committee on Examinations;
(j) Completion of Course on Arizona Law. Before being admitted to the practice of law in Arizona, Arizona uniform bar examination applicants, applicants for admission by transfer of uniform bar examination score, and applicants for admission upon motion must complete a course on Arizona law, the content and delivery of which shall be approved by the Supreme Court.
(k) Deficiency in Examination Application and Supporting Documents. If the Committee on Examinations finds that an application is deficient, or the required supporting documents are deficient, or both, the Committee shall advise the applicant in writing of the deficiency, and the assessment of applicable late fees as established by the Court. The Committee shall allow the applicant either to supply additional information or to correct, explain in writing, or otherwise remedy the defects in the applicant's application, supporting documents, or fees up until the filing deadline. If such deficiencies in an examination application are not cured by the examination deadlines established by the Court, and if the Committee's reasons for refusing to grant permission for the applicant to take an examination are of record as a part of the applicant's file, the Committee shall withdraw the application and advise the applicant of such withdrawal and the reasons therefor.
(l) Deficiency in Character Report Materials. If the Committee on Character and Fitness finds that the character report materials are deficient, the Committee shall advise the applicant in writing of the deficiency and shall allow a reasonable time for the applicant either to submit additional written information or relevant documentation, or to correct or otherwise remedy the defects in the applicant's supporting documents. Thereafter, if such deficiencies have not been cured within the designated time period, the application shall be considered abandoned by the applicant and the Committee's review of the investigation into the applicant's character shall cease, and the Committee shall advise applicant of such abandonment and the reasons therefore. If the application has been abandoned for more than one year and the applicant later seeks to continue the admission process, applicant must submit a new application and associated fees.
(m) Failure to Meet Standards; Effect on Time for Reapplication. If the Committee or the Court has denied an applicant admission to the practice of law by reason of the failure to meet the standards required by paragraph (b) of this rule, such applicant may not reapply for a period of five years from the date of denial of admission, unless the Committee or the Court orders otherwise.
1. New Admittee Professionalism Course. Except as otherwise provided in this rule, within one year after being admitted to the practice of law, the applicant shall complete the state bar course on professionalism, or an equivalent course on the principles of professionalism approved or licensed by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Arizona for this purpose.
2. Summary Suspension. A new admittee who fails to comply with the requirements of paragraph (j)(1) of this rule shall be summarily suspended from the practice of law in Arizona, upon motion of the state bar pursuant to Rule 62, provided that a notice by certified, return receipt mail of such non-compliance shall have been sent to the member, mailed to the member's last address of record in the state bar office at least thirty days prior to such suspension, but may be reinstated in accordance with these rules.
Amended Feb. 18, 1987, effective March 1, 1987. Amended and effective Jan. 25, 1991. Amended Dec. 12, 1991, effective Jan. 1, 1992; (temporary basis) Jan. 21, 1993, emergency effective Feb. 1, 1993, adopted in final form June 24, 1993; June 24, 1993, effective July 1, 1993, adopted in final form Dec. 10, 1993; June 1, 1995, effective Dec. 1, 1995. Amended April 22, 1998, effective June 1, 1998. Amended and effective April 14, 1999. Corrected Oct. 1, 1999. Amended Oct. 16, 2003, effective Aug. 1, 2004; June 8, 2004, effective Aug. 1, 2004; July 21, 2004, effective Aug. 1, 2004; Oct. 4, 2004, effective Dec. 1, 2004; June 9, 2005, effective Dec. 1, 2005; Sept. 2, 2010, effective Jan. 1, 2011. Amended on an emergency basis effective June 28, 2011, adopted on a permanent basis Sept. 1, 2011. Amended Dec. 22, 2011, effective Jan. 1, 2012; Aug. 30, 2012, effective Jan. 1, 2013. Amended on an experimental basis Dec. 10, 2012, effective Jan. 1, 2013 until Dec. 31, 2015, adopted on a permanent basis Jan. 1, 2017. Amended Aug. 27, 2019, effective Jan. 1, 2020; Dec. 12, 2019, effective May 1, 2020; Aug. 27, 2020, effective Jan. 1, 2021; Aug. 25, 2021, effective Jan. 1, 2022; Aug. 30, 2021, effective Jan. 1, 2022.
17A Pt. 2 A. R. S. Sup. Ct. Rules, Rule 34, AZ ST S CT Rule 34
State Court Rules are current with amendments received and effective through 7/1/22. The Code of Judicial Administration is current with amendments received through 7/1/22.
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