Provisional Licensure Program

As currently structured, the program will allow eligible 2020 law school graduates and those who scored 1390+ on any California Bar Exam administered between July 2015 and  February 2020 to practice law as provisionally licensed lawyers under the supervision of fully licensed lawyers who meet the requirements of the rule and who agree to assume professional responsibility over the work of the provisionally licensed lawyers.

Provisional Licensure Program

On October 22, 2020, the California Supreme Court issued an administrative order approving New Rule 9.49, which implements a provisional licensure program for 2020 law school graduates, As currently structured, the program will allow eligible 2020 law school graduates to practice law as provisionally licensed lawyers (”PLL”) under the supervision of fully licensed lawyers who meet the requirements of the rule and who agree to assume professional responsibility over the work of the provisionally licensed lawyers.

PLLs will be able to engage in all the same activities that a fully licensed lawyer is permitted to engage in, under their supervising lawyer’s guidance, subject to certain restrictions. Both the PLL and their supervising lawyer are expected to abide by all applicable State Bar of California rules and guidelines and are bound by the disciplinary authority of the California Supreme Court and the State Bar of California.

Interested in Becoming a Supervising Lawyer for a PLL?

If you have been in practice for at least 4 years, then you can be a supervising lawyer for a recent law school graduate who is waiting to pass the California Bar Exam. Please review all the information about the requirements and responsibilities of a supervising lawyer contained on the State Bar of California’s website including the FAQs, and the Supervising Lawyer Declaration. If you are then interested in connecting with new graduates who need a supervising lawyer, please fill out the Supervising Attorney Interest Form.

Interested in Practicing as a PLL?

If you qualify for the Provisional Licensure program (anyone eligible to sit for the California Bar Exam between December 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020 or who scored 1390 or higher on any California Bar Exam administered between July 2015 and February 2020) the Contra Costa County Bar Association wants to help you find a supervising lawyer. Please review all the information about the Provisional Licensure Program contained on the State Bar of California’s Website  and fill out the Provisional Licensee application and attach your resume. We will pass your information on to attorneys who are interested in becoming a supervising lawyer.