Rule: New Jersey Rules 1:21-3(b)

Eligible students: Any 3rd year law student (plus certain graduates) at an accredited law school.

Eligible law offices; required supervision: Law school clinics, legal service society or project, agency of local or state government.

Permitted scope of practice: Trial court or agency.

Approval process:

Responsibility for compliance with the N.J. student practice rules is placed on the supervising attorney, NOTE, HOWEVER that, apart from practice rules, your employing agency may require documentation from your law school to satisfy their internal rules or the requirements of their legal malpractice carriers before they will allow you to appear in court. We have found that this is the usual practice of Legal Services offices.

For more information, contact Ms. Lewis Knightly: 609-292-0622, or
New Jersey Rules of Court, as amended through Jan. 2015
1:21-3. Appearance by Law Graduates and Students; Special Permission for Out-of-State Attorneys


(b) Appearance by Law Students and Graduates. A third year law student at, or graduate of, a law school approved by the American Bar Association may appear before a trial court or agency in conjunction with a legal services or publlic interest organization or law school clinical or pro bono program certified under R. 1:21-11(b)(1) or (b)(3),   or an agency of municipal, county or state government certified under 1:21-11(b)(3). Participation in a program pursuant to this paragraph by a law graduate who has not passed the New Jersey bar examination shall terminate upon his receiving notification that he has been unsuccessful on the examination for the third time, or after two years of employment following graduation, whichever is sooner.