In-House Counsel Registration

Lawyers Who Serve as In-House Counsel Must Register with the State Bar of Arizona

In accordance with Rule 38(a), Ariz. R. Sup. Ct., lawyers who are not members of the State Bar of Arizona who are employed as in-house counsel within the State of Arizona are required to register with the State Bar within 90 days of commencement of their employment. See complete rule at:

In-house counsel registration is for those lawyers not admitted to practice in Arizona who are employed in the state as in-house counsel for a single for-profit or non-profit corporation, association, or other organizational entity conducting activities within the state and who either have a principal office physically located in Arizona, or will otherwise be systematically and continuously present in Arizona on behalf of their employer. The registration requirements of this rule do not apply to in-house counsel whose physical presence in the state is only temporary or sporadic.

Registrants must hold a juris doctor degree from an ABA-approved law school, be in good standing in another
jurisdiction(s), and be employed by an organizational entity in Arizona as in-house counsel or a related position. Applicants seeking a waiver of any requirement of this rule should contact the Clerk of the Arizona Supreme Court, at

In-house counsel registrants are subject to the disciplinary and disability jurisdiction of the Arizona Supreme Court and the State Bar of Arizona, with the same benefits and responsibilities of active members of the State Bar.

Application to the State Bar of Arizona is required. Download the form and mail it, along with a check for the application fee, to:

State Bar of Arizona
4201 N. 24th Street, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85016-6266

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