180 East 5th Street, Suite 950
St. Paul, Minnesota 55101

Phone: (651) 296-2254 | Fax: (651) 296-5866
Email: lawyerregistration@mbcle.state.mn.us

Limited License and Student Practice

There are four types of limited licenses available under the Minnesota Rules for Admission to the Bar and one type of limited license available under the Minnesota Student Practice Rules.

To search for an attorney with a House Counsel License (Rule 10) or a Foreign Legal Consultant License (Rule 11), search the Minnesota Attorney Registration System (MARS). You will need to know the lawyer’s name or Lawyer ID number to complete the search.

Temporary License for Legal Services Programs (Rule 8)

Under Rule 8 of the Rules for Admission to the Bar, a lawyer who has accepted employment in Minnesota for a legal services program may apply for a temporary legal services license.

Temporary House Counsel License (Rule 9)

Under Rule 9 of the Rules for Admission to the Bar, a lawyer licensed in another jurisdiction and employed as house counsel in Minnesota may apply for a temporary house counsel license.

House Counsel License (Rule 10)

Under Rule 10 of the Rules for Admission to the Bar, a lawyer licensed in another jurisdiction who accepts employment as house counsel in Minnesota may apply for a limited house counsel license.

Foreign Legal Consultants (Rule 11)

Under Rule 11 of the Rules for Admission to the Bar, a person who is admitted to practice in a foreign country as a lawyer or counselor at law may apply for a license to provide services as a foreign legal consultant in this state.

Student Practice

Law students who meet the criteria outlined in the Minnesota Student Practice Rules may be certified as student lawyers. The certification process is administered by the Minnesota Board of Law Examiners.