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§ 3-119. Application for admission by attorney/Class 1-A, 1-B, and 1-C motion applicants.

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   (A) Class 1-A applicants. Class 1-A applicants are motion applicants who may be admitted to practice in Nebraska upon approval of a proper application and:

   (1) who, as determined by the Commission, has been admitted to and is currently active in practice before the highest court of another state, the District of Columbia, or of any jurisdiction where the Common Law of England constitutes the basis of jurisprudence;

   (2) who, at the time of their admission, had attained educational qualifications at least equal to those required at the time of application for admission by examination to the bar of Nebraska; and

   (3) who have passed an examination equivalent to the examination administered in the State of Nebraska and who have passed the MPRE with the score required by Nebraska.

   (B) Class 1-B applicants. Class 1-B applicants who may be admitted to practice in Nebraska upon approval of a proper application are those:

   (1) who have been licensed and are active and in good standing in the practice of law in another state, territory, or district of the United States preceding application for admission to the bar of Nebraska and have actively and substantially engaged in the practice of law in another state, territory, or district of the United States for 5 of the 7 years immediately preceding application for admission, and

   (2) who, at the time of their admission, had attained educational qualifications at least equal to those required at the time of application for admission by examination to the bar of Nebraska.

   (C) For purposes of these rules, “practice of law” means:

   (1) The private practice of law as a sole practitioner or as an attorney employee of , or partner or shareholder in, a law firm, professional corporation, legal clinic, legal services office, or similar entity; or

   (2) Employment as an attorney for a corporation, partnership, trust, individual, or other entity with the primary duties of:

   (a) Furnishing legal counsel, drafting documents and pleadings, and interpreting and giving advice with respect to the law; or

   (b) Preparing cases for presentation to or trying before courts, executive departments, or administrative bureaus or agencies;

   (3) Employment as an attorney in the law offices of the executive, legislative, or judicial departments of the United States, including the independent agencies thereof, or of any state, political subdivision of a state, territory, special district, or municipality of the United States, with the primary duties of:

   (a) Furnishing legal counsel, drafting documents and pleadings, and interpreting and giving advice with respect to the law; or

   (b) Preparing cases for presentation to or trying cases before courts, executive departments, or administrative bureaus or agencies;

   (4) Employment as a judge, magistrate, hearing examiner, administrative law judge, law clerk, or similar official of the United States, including the independent agencies thereof, or of any state, territory, or municipality of the United States, with the duties of hearing and deciding cases and controversies in judicial or administrative proceedings, provided such employment is available only to an attorney; or

   (5) Employment as a teacher of law at a law school approved by the American Bar Association throughout the applicant’s employment; or

   (6) In the event that the applicant has not served for a full 5 of the last 7 years with any of the entities listed in subsections (1) through (5) above, for purposes of this section, the applicant may use any combination of subsections (1) through (5) above.

   (D) Class 1-C applicants. Class 1-C applicants who may be admitted to practice in Nebraska upon approval of a proper application are those:

   (1) who have taken the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) in another jurisdiction and have earned at least the minimum score as determined by the Court;

   (2) have attained educational qualifications by the time of application that are at least equal to those required by the time of application for admission by examination to the bar of Nebraska; and

   (3) who have passed the MPRE with the score required in Nebraska.

   (E) Other applicants. Any applicant who does not qualify under § 3-119 (A) through (D) is a Class 2 examination applicant.

   (F) Applicants who meet the requirements of Class 1-A, Class 1-B, or Class 1-C shall not be permitted to apply for examination without the prior approval of the Commission, which approval may be given on good cause shown.

   (G) Reciprocity. “Reciprocity” is not an essential element of admission by motion in Nebraska. Equivalent reciprocal rules of admission in a motion applicant’s home jurisdiction is not required.

Rule 19 adopted April 24, 2002. Renumbered and codified as § 3-119, effective July 18, 2008; § 3-119 amended July 25, 2013, effective August 1, 2013.

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