Colorado Supreme Court

Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel

Promoting Professionalism. Protecting the Public.

Eligibility Requirements for Applications for Admission on Motion by Qualified Out-of-State Attorneys

In accordance with C.R.C.P. 203.2(1), admission On Motion is available to those applicants meeting the following qualifications:

  1. Have been admitted to practice law in another jurisdiction of the United States through examination;

  2. Hold a J.D. or LL.B. degree from a law school approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association at the time the applicant matriculated or graduated;

  3. Have been primarily engaged in the active practice of law in one or more other jurisdictions in the United States for three of the five years immediately preceding the date upon which the application is filed;

  4. Establish that the applicant is currently a member in good standing in all jurisdictions where admitted;

  5. Establish that the applicant is not currently subject to attorney discipline or the subject of a pending disciplinary matter in any jurisdiction, and is current with all continuing legal education requirements;

  6. Establish that the applicant possesses the character and fitness required of all applicants for admission to the practice of law in Colorado as set forth in C.R.C.P. 208; and

  7. Pay the required application fee.

*Attorneys who were licensed on the basis of diploma privilege are not eligible to file for admission On Motion. To be eligible an applicant must have passed a bar exam.

*A bar exam can be the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) or a state-issued exam.

*United States jurisdictions includes the District of Columbia.

*The rules for On Motion applicants were recently updated and effective July 1, 2021.

On Motion applicants may be required to receive a passing score on the Multistate Professional Responsibilities Exam (MPRE). See C.R.C.P. 203.2(5). Click here for more information.

Successful completion of the six-hour course on professionalism (within six months of admission to practice law in Colorado) presented by the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel in cooperation with the Colorado Bar Association. See C.R.C.P. 203.3(4). Click here for more information.

Pursuant to C.R.C.P. 211.3(1) and (2), an On Motion applicant must “take the oath of admission prescribed by the Supreme Court” no more than eighteen months following the application is approved by the Colorado Supreme Court.