APEC economy: United States of America; Jurisdiction: Tennessee

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

There is no express rule allowing temporary practice by foreign lawyers.

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 relevant legislation is Rule 7 of the Tennessee Supreme Court Rules.

In order to obtain a full licence to practise law in this jurisdiction, foreign lawyers must meet educational requirements of the Tennessee Supreme Court Rule No 7, sections 7.01 and 2.01 and pass the Tennessee Bar examination.

These rules are different from the rules applicable to a local applicant. They differ in that local lawyers must meet the educational requirements of Rule 7, section 2.01 and pass the Tennessee Bar examination.

Commercial association between lawyers and law firms

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Other regulatory issues

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Category Name Website or other contact details
Organisation(s) that controls licensing of lawyers Tennessee Board of Law Examiners www.tennessee.gov/lawexaminers
Peak professional association representing the legal profession Tennessee Bar Association www.tba.org
Other associations playing a significant role in developing policy for the legal profession Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility fx@tbpr.org

Other issues

As of August 1, 2010, the rule for foreign educated applicants for the Bar will change to require 27 credits from an ABA approved law school or one approved by the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners, in addition to an equivalent education.