Maryland

Rule 5.5 MJP/UPL Current

(a) A lawyer shall not practice law in a jurisdiction in violation of the regulation of the legal profession in that jurisdiction, or assist another in doing so.

(b) A lawyer who is not admitted to practice in this jurisdiction shall not:

(1) except as authorized by these Rules or other law, establish an office or other systematic and continuous presence in this jurisdiction for the practice of law; or

(2) hold out to the public or otherwise represent that the lawyer is admitted to practice law in this jurisdiction.

(c) A lawyer admitted in another United States jurisdiction, and not disbarred or suspended from practice in any jurisdiction, may provide legal services on a temporary basis in this jurisdiction that:

(1) are undertaken in association with a lawyer who is admitted to practice in this jurisdiction and who actively participates in the matter;

(2) are in or reasonably related to a pending or potential proceeding before a tribunal in this or another jurisdiction, if the lawyer, or a person the lawyer is assisting, is authorized by law or order to appear in such proceeding or reasonably expects to be so authorized;

(3) are in or reasonably related to a pending or potential arbitration, mediation, or other alternative dispute resolution proceeding in this or another jurisdiction, if the services arise out of or are reasonably related to the lawyer’s practice in a jurisdiction in which the lawyer is admitted to practice and are not services for which the forum requires pro hac vice admission; or

(4) are not within paragraphs (c)(2) or (c)(3) and arise out of or are reasonably related to the lawyer’s practice in a jurisdiction in which the lawyer is admitted to practice.

(d) A lawyer admitted in another United States jurisdiction, and not disbarred or suspended from practice in any jurisdiction, may provide legal services in this jurisdiction that:

(1) are provided to the lawyer’s employer or its organizational affiliates and are not services for which the forum requires pro hac vice admission; or

(2) are services that the lawyer is authorized to provide by federal law or other law of this jurisdiction.

Comments to Rule 5.5

In-House Counsel Rule

Pursuant to the Annotated Code of Maryland, Business Occupations and Profession Article, 10-206 (d), an individual who is employed by the corporation and is admitted to the Bar of any other state may give legal advice to that corporation in this State without being admitted to the Maryland Bar. Such a person is subject to disciplinary proceedings as the Maryland Rules provide and may not represent the corporation before a unit of the State government or of a political subdivision unless a court grants the individual a special admission per Section 10-215.

Pro Hac Vice

Maryland Annotated Code Section 10-215 of the Business Occupations and Professions Article allows special admission to practice law in a particular case.

Also applicable is Rule 14 and Rule 15 (regarding Legal Service Members) of the Rules Governing Admission to the Bar.

Admission on Motion

Rule 13 of the Rules Governing Admission to the Bar allows for a special essay examination limited in scope to the Maryland Rules on practice and procedure in civil and criminal matters and the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct if eligible. If you are not qualified to take the special limited examination, like recent law school graduates, you must take the General Bar examination.

For more information please see the State Board of Law Examiners Page.

Contact

Maryland State Bar Association
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Baltimore, MD 21201Phone(410) 685-7878
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Fax (410) 685-1016
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