Colorado Supreme Court

Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel

Promoting Professionalism. Protecting the Public.

Notices about Business and Operational Changes and Potential Interruptions

Currently the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel is open. The Office is anticipating the possibility of business interruptions, which could include disruption of mail service and temporary delays in Office operations. If you can complete your current business with the Office electronically, including payment of registration fees, please do so. The Office will update this page if there are any changes to its status or business operations.

Notice for CLE Sponsors:

Submit CLE Sponsor Course Applications – NEW, TEMPORARY MANDATORY ELECTRONIC PROCEDURE:

Applications (Form 1, Form 1A, Form 2, Form 2A, Form 4, and Form 4A) must now be emailed to CLESponsors@csc.state.co.us for processing. Please include the application and all required attachments as 1 pdf file attachment (no course materials need to be submitted with application). We are currently only accepting payment by credit card, and upon receipt of the application by email, the Office will contact Sponsor by phone for payment at the phone number listed on Application form. Upon final review, the Office will notify Sponsor by email of accreditation decision.

How to notify CLE office about Cancelled Programs:

Please email CLESponsors@csc.state.co.us to notify the office of a course cancellation. We are not issuing refunds for cancelled programs at this time.

How to notify CLE office about Postponed Programs:

Please email CLESponsors@csc.state.co.us to notify the office of the new date or if course is postponed to an undetermined future date and list the date as TBD. We will update our record with the revised date or list as TBD. Once the TBD course is rescheduled please notify our office by email. There is no fee for these changes. We will change the course date accordingly and provide an updated accreditation form by email.

How to request a change to Program format (Live in person to live webinar/ pre-recorded):

Please email CLESponsors@csc.state.co.us to notify the office of the need to change the format of program from in person to live webinar or pre-recorded home study. We will not require a new application or fee. We will change the course accordingly and provide updated accreditation form by email.

Notice for Attorneys:

Request to be Sworn-In Remotely by Zoom

If you have received your clearance letter from the Office of Attorney Admissions, you may register to attend one of the weekly admissions ceremonies taking place beginning in May. You will need to first register for one of the smaller ceremonies by clicking the link below where you will complete the new attorney registration form and complete an online payment of the registration fee. Once the completed submission is received and verified, our office will provide by email an invitation with instructions to attend one of the smaller remote ceremonies. If you have any questions please email preregistration2020@csc.state.co.us

Click here to register.

Please do not come to our office to register for the ceremonies or to take the oath of admission in person.

Request Electronic Certificate of Good Standing - NEW, TEMPORARY MANDATORY PROCEDURE:

Email Requests will now be accepted by an email sent to attorney_registration@csc.state.co.us. The email request must include attorney’s name and registration number, and the email submission must come from the business email or firm’s email on file for the attorney who is the subject of the Certificate. Upon submission of email request, please call the office at 303-928-7800 to pay the $10 fee per certificate by phone using credit card. Once payment is received, the Certificate will be sent back to the business email on file in electronic version. If the attorney needs an original, paper Certificate as well, there may be a delay in issuing those. Please contact the office for further information on requesting an original, paper certificate.

Attorney Status Changes - NEW, TEMPORARY MANDATORY PROCEDURE:

Email requests are the only acceptable method of requesting a change in attorney status at this time. Please submit the form linked here to attorney_registration@csc.state.co.us. The office will contact the Attorney by phone for payment once the form is received and reviewed.

Contact Information Changes- NEW, TEMPORARY MANDATORY PROCEDURE:

Email requests are the only acceptable method of requesting an address change at this time. Please submit form linked here to attorney_registration@csc.state.co.us.

Submit Electronic Pro Hac Vice Application- NEW, TEMPORARY MANDATORY PROCEDURE:

Applications for Pro Hac Vice limited admission must now be emailed to prohacvice@csc.state.co.us for processing. Please include the application and all required attachments as 1 pdf file attachment. We are currently only accepting payment by credit card, and upon sending the application by email, please call the office at 303-928-7800 to pay $300 fee by phone using credit card.

Notice for Admissions Applicants:

Testing Protocols for the July 2020 Administration of the Colorado Bar Examination - as of 7/9/2020:

Please see the announcement here regarding the testing protocols for the July 2020 bar exam.

Announcement from the Colorado Supreme Court for July 2020 Bar Exam Applicants – as of 5/14/2020:

Please see the announcement by the Court located here regarding the July 2020 bar exam.

The Court presently intends to hold the Colorado bar examination, which is a Uniform Bar Examination, as scheduled on July 28 and 29, 2020. Should the public health environment require that the next bar examination not occur on July 28 and 29, it will be rescheduled for September 30 and October 1, 2020.

What happens if the July 2020 Bar Exam is postponed?

Please see the announcement by the Court located here regarding procedures if the July 2020 bar exam is postponed.

The Court issued an Emergency Rule Concerning Certification for Limited Practice as a Graduate Before Admission By Examination. The rule, C.R.C.P. 205.8, is triggered if the July 2020 bar examination is postponed, and allows recent graduates to engage in supervised practice pursuant to the conditions outlined in the rule. Applicant eligibility requirements to qualify for this limited practice certification are in the rule. Please see the rule here.

Transfer Policy Announcement for July 2020 Bar Exam Applicants – 7/9/2020:

The OAA is waiving the reapplication fees for examinees who notify the OAA in writing that they wish to transfer their July 2020 bar examination application to the February 2021 bar examination. Such examinees are requested to provide that notification as soon as possible, but will be accepted through July 29 without penalty. Please see the original announcement located here regarding transferring your July 2020 bar exam application to the February 2021 bar exam.

What are the deadlines for applicants transferring to the February 2021 exam that relate to practice certification?

The Colorado Supreme Court has revised C.R.C.P. 205.8, the emergency rule previously adopted by the Court to provide recent graduates an opportunity to engage in limited supervised practice if the July bar exam is postponed. The rule now also applies to July bar exam applicants who wish to transfer their exam registration to the February bar exam. Applicants who notify the Office of Attorney Admissions in writing by July 20, 2020 that they are transferring their July 2020 Colorado bar examination registration to the February 2021 Colorado bar examination may be eligible to be certified for limited supervised practice. Applicants who notify the Office of Attorney Admissions in writing after July 20, 2020 but no later than July 31, 2020 that they are disqualified from sitting for the July 2020 Colorado bar examination under the Office's examination protocols and medical screening questionnaire will be deemed to have met the notification deadline.

The certification application will be posted at www.coloradosupremecourt.com by August 1, 2020.

The text of the Court's rule can be found here.

How can my law school send you the Graduation Certification and/or Law School Application?

Law Schools may upload Law School Graduation Certificates and Law School Applications through our new Law School Document Portal located here: Law School Portal. When sending a request to your law school to provide these documents to our Office, please inform them of this document portal. We emailed all the law schools for whom we had contact information about the new portal, but we cannot be assured that the correct individual received the information. Please provide them with the Law School Graduation Certificate Form located in the documents section of your CiviCore portal.

You do not need to mail in a hardcopy original of these documents.

Do I need to have the fingerprinting completed for the criminal history check in order to submit my application? May the fingerprint requirement be waived?

You do not need to have your fingerprints taken in order to submit your application. You do need to read, sign, and upload the Fingerprint Requirement Information form (located in the documents section of your applicant portal.)

Many fingerprinting locations around the country are closed due to COVID-19; our Office cannot waive the fingerprinting requirement, but fingerprints need not be submitted at the same time as the application. However, if a fingerprinting location is currently open near you, we recommend that you do not wait to be printed.

I can’t get all the required documents right now I need for my application. What documents do I need to submit my application?

You must complete all the questions in the application and upload the following documents in order to pay and SUBMIT your application:
Documents Required for Submission

  1. Fingerprint Requirement (Information) Form
  2. Authorization and Release (notarization requirement waived)
  3. Statement of Verification (notarization requirement waived)
  4. The related Application Question Form(s) associated with a “Yes” answer to Character and Fitness Questions 22 - 42. You do NOT need the supporting documentation for any question you answered “Yes” to on the application. In order to submit your application – you just need the related Question Form YOU fill-out supplying information about the issue in question – to which you answered “Yes”. For example, if you answered “Yes” to Question 35 that you received a Driving Under the Influence charge – you would fill-out the Form for Question 35 explaining the circumstances. The related documentation (police report, probation report, etc.) need not be provided at the time of submission of your application. All other documents that may be required by our Office can be submitted at a later date, though you will not be Cleared for Admission until your application is complete.
  5. Photo (Exam Applicants ONLY)

All other documents required for character and fitness can be submitted over time. If time is of the essence, we recommend you file your application and then continue to work on acquiring the additional documents. Our system automatically creates placeholders for supporting documents that you may need regarding an event; please note that the licensure analyst will reach out to you if those documents are required and have not yet been submitted.

Documents Requiring Notarization – NEW, TEMPORARY PROCEDURE:

Notary Requirement – WAIVED. The notary requirement for the Authorization and Release, and Statement of Verification forms does not need to be notarized at this time. Please complete the Authorization and Release and Statement of Verification, including your signature and the day, month and year fields that the notary would normally complete (ex: On this _____ day of ______________, in the year of ________) – and leave the notary section blank. Then scan and upload the documents to your online application so you can submit your application. If a notarized release is later required by a third-party from whom we are requesting information, we will work with you at that time to get a new release.

Documents Required from Third-Parties in Support of your Application:

Our Office is cognizant that requesting third-party documentation may take longer to obtain. Once you have submitted your application – OR – if you have a current application on file, we will be assessing each application to determine if we may waive any of the document requirements for your application - such as a driving record. There are some requirements we cannot waive. Therefore, IF there is an issue obtaining documentation from a third-party, please contact your licensure analyst through the Messaging Center in your applicant portal. We will be addressing the issues on a case-by-case basis.

You do not need to mail in a hardcopy original of these documents if you upload a scanned copy of the documents to your applicant portal. Please scan them in as a PDF document.

In my application portal in CiviCore it says I’m missing documents, what do I do?

The CiviCore application system automatically creates placeholders for documents that are assumed may be required based on your answer to a question. Please do not be alarmed if the system says you are missing multiple documents. As long as you have completed and uploaded the required documents so that you may pay and submit your application, a licensure analyst will review your application and follow-up with you about any additional documents our office may require for the character and fitness process.

Are electronic signatures acceptable on my documents?

Yes, you may use an electronic signature on your application documents. If our Office has any concerns about the signature, your licensure analyst will contact you. Please do not leave the signature line blank on a completed document when you upload to CiviCore. Please convert an MS Word™ document to PDF if you are able, before uploading to CiviCore. For more information how to print to PDF, please visit the Adobe™ Help website.

The jurisdictions in which I am admitted are only issuing electronic Certificates of Good Standing and Discipline History Letters. Am I required to mail hardcopy originals?

We know that many jurisdictions, either temporarily or permanently, are issuing Certificates of Good Standing and Discipline History Letters in electronic format. If the jurisdiction is providing those documents to you directly via email, you may upload the PDFs to your applicant portal. You do not need to mail in or have the jurisdiction mail a hardcopy original.

If the jurisdiction will not provide the certificates to you directly, but only to our office, if they are willing to email directly to our office – please have the clerk send the certificates to bleinfo@csc.state.co.us

What happens when documents are mailed to your office?

We have limited staff working in the office each day, answering phones, emails, and processing mail. While we ask that you do not come by our office, we are here to receive documents that have been mailed, sent express mail, or via courier. We then scan and upload the documents to your CiviCore application.

Mandatory Professionalism Course – as of 7/9/2020:

All remaining 2020 courses are being held via Webcast. Please register through the Colorado Bar Association – CLE website at https://cle.cobar.org/Seminars/Mandatory-Professionalism To report attendance at one of these webcast programs, please follow the instructions on the affidavit provided to you with your course materials located on your CBA-CLE dashboard. Directions are different depending on your path to admission.

Exam Applicants: Please fill-out the affidavit electronically – you will need your NCBE Number to fill-out the affidavit. Then, email the affidavit to bleinfo@csc.state.co.us. You do not need to upload a copy of the affidavit to your application. Please keep a copy of the affidavit for your records. Please give us a couple of days to get the compliance noted in your CiviCore application. If you see that it has not been updated, please contact your licensure analyst and re-send your affidavit to bleinfo@csc.state.co.us.

On Motion, UBE Score Transfer, and Limited License Attorneys: You should be completing this course within six months of being admitted to Colorado. You will need your Colorado attorney ID number to enter your compliance online to your CLE transcript here: https://cletrack.com/ The Course ID number is located in the lower left corner of the affidavit.

If you are taking this course prior to being admitted, you will need to keep a copy of your completed affidavit and provide it to the Office of Attorney Registration at the time you take the Oath of Admission.