APEC economy: United States of America; Jurisdiction: Guam

Temporary practice ('fly-in, fly-out' practice)

There is an express rule allowing temporary practice by foreign lawyers.

The relevant legislation is Supreme Court of Guam Proclamation Order 04-002, Guam, Guam Rule of Professional Conduct 5.5.

Relevant conditions or restrictions include:

Limited licensing of foreign lawyers (foreign legal consultant rules)

A foreign lawyer cannot obtain a limited licence entitling them to offer advisory services in foreign and international law (ie become a foreign legal consultant).

Full licensing

A foreign lawyer can obtain a full licence to practise law in this jurisdiction.

The Supreme Court of Guam is responsible for the licensing and regulation of all attorneys. For further information, see Rules Governing Admission to the Practice of Law.

In order to obtain a full licence to practise law in this jurisdiction, foreign lawyers must meet all eligibility requirements in the Guam rules governing admission to the practice of law such as graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, passing the Guam Bar examination, and passing a character and fitness investigation conducted by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. These requirements are the same as the rules applicable to a local applicant.

Commercial association between lawyers and law firms

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Other regulatory issues

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Foreign lawyers and firms are treated differently from local lawyers in the application of these rules in that, because their practice must be temporary in nature, and must be for a specific client on a specific case, advertisements and firm names seem irrelevant.


Category Name Website or other contact details
Organisation(s) that controls licensing of lawyers Guam Supreme Court/Guam Board of Law Examiners www.guamcourts.org
Peak professional association representing the legal profession Clerk of Court, Supreme Court of Guam hgutierezarroyo@guamsupremecourt.com
Other associations playing a significant role in developing policy for the legal profession Guam Bar Association www.guambar.org