Rule 9


To be eligible for Washington State Bar Association APR Rule 9 (Licensed Legal Intern) certification, a student must be in good academic standing and be 2/3 of the way through their program. This generally means the completion of 60 credits for full-time students and 56 credits for part-time students. If you will be a few credits short, please contact the Office of the Registrar to discuss.  

Students who will be 2/3 through their program by the end of the current semester may apply up to 4 weeks before the end of the term. If you have questions about your degree progress, please email

Graduates of the Law School may apply within 9 months of their graduation date. 


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the WSBA will allow electronic submissions of the Rule 9 Application. The Office of the Registrar will still be the last point of contact for the application and email it to the WSBA. Students are still required to pay the $50 fee and will be responsible for mailing in the money along with a hard copy of their application. If you have any questions please email

The Rule 9 application may be downloaded from the WSBA website

Once the application is complete and ready to be submitted, students should bring the original hard copy and a check or money order for $50 payable to the WSBA to the Office of the Registrar on the second floor of Sullivan Hall. The Office of the Registrar will fill out the Certificate from Law School (page 6) and mail the application to the WSBA. 

We keep a copy on file. It is important that your academic file copy be complete and includes the Declaration of Supervising Lawyer page and all Character and Fitness addendums sent to the WSBA.

Please note, no fee will be charged to a Rule 9 applicant who is enrolled in a law school clinical program that provides free legal services for low income clients. However, when that enrollment terminates, students wishing to continue as licensed legal interns will be required to pay the $50 fee to the WSBA.

The Change of Supervising Attorney form may be mailed directly to the WSBA.