Certified Legal Intern
Pennsylvania Bar Admission Rules 321 and 322 authorize students to appear in Pennsylvania courts as Certified Legal Interns on behalf of government agencies or on behalf of indigent individuals. To become a Certified Legal Intern, students must show “[c]ompletion of legal studies amounting to at least three semesters, or the equivalent…" Pa. Bar. Rule 321(a)(2). This means that students must have completed half of their law school credits required for graduation, which typically will mean 43 credits.
The Application for Certification for Formal Participation in Legal Matters by Law Students Under Pa. BAR 321 and 322 can be downloaded from: http://www.pabarexam.org/non_bar_exam_admission/321_322_app.htm.
Students seeking certification in Pennsylvania need to read and follow all the instructions on the application form.
On Page 1 of the Application, students need to fill out the Applicant Information and have their supervising attorney fill out the Supervising Attorney Information. Please note that only one supervising attorney should be listed on page 1. If there are additional supervisors, they can be included on a separate sheet.
On Page 2 of the Application (Dean's Certification), students need to complete the top half of the form and bring the application to Associate Dean for Experiential Learning Richard Frankel.
If appropriate, Dean Frankel will then certify that the student has met all the requirements to become a Certified Legal Intern, is in good standing, is of competent legal ability, and has adequate training to perform the duties as an intern. Once the form is completed and signed, it is the student’s responsibility to mail the form to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in accordance with the instructions on the form.