Rule 9 Application

Washington Supreme Court Admission and Practice Rule (APR) 9 grants a limited license to law students, Washington Supreme Court APR 6 law clerks, and recent law school graduates to practice law under the supervision of a lawyer who has at least three years of active legal experience.


You must have completed two-thirds of your program (60 credits for full-time students; 54 credits for part-time students) by the time you will start as a Rule 9 intern. Please contact for any questions about this requirement.


You will fill out the online application on the WSBA website: One of the additional forms you have to upload is the "Certificate for Law School". You will email the Registrar's Office ( a copy of this form with your name filled out for our office to complete. Please allow 48 business hours for turnaround.

We no longer require a completed copy of the Rule 9 Application for your file. However, it is your responsibility to let us know if you submit something relating to Character and Fitness with your Rule 9 Application that you did not disclose on your application to law school. If you are unsure what you reported on your law school application you can email for a copy. Please allow up to 48 business hours turnaround.

Helpful Tips:

  • You cannot submit your application earlier than 4 weeks before you are scheduled to start your intern/externship.

  • When answering the first question "Please Answer one of the following questions to determine..." select the first option if you will complete two-thirds of your program by the time you start as a Rule 9 intern (60 credits for full-time; 54 credits for part-time) by the time you start as a Rule 9 intern you are eligible.

  • You will need to provide all residences for the last 10 years or since you were 18 years old; whichever is longer.

    • If you are unsure of all the address you lived at, some good places to see your former addresses are credit checks (Credit Karma does this for free without a hard check on your credit) and online retailers (i.e., the address book from Amazon keeps track of all addresses you have ever sent a package to).

  • You will also need to provide a list of all employers and supervisors (including contact email) for the last 10 years or since you were 18; whichever is shorter.

  • The question about "is the program entirely online?" does not apply to COVID times as the program is intended as an in-person program.

  • When you select "country" in the numerous address fields, it sometimes does not stick, and you will have to go back in and re-select it. The application will notify you if something is missing on any given section, so you will be able to easily find the issue and fix it.

Contact the registrar

Phone: 206-398-4150

Registrar hours

Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Hours are subject to change during exams, holidays, and summer session. Changes will be posted outside of the entrance to the Administrative Offices.

A drop box is located to the left of the Administrative Office doors for after-hours correspondence.