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Whether aspiring to be Atticus Finch or Gloria Allred, law students can get an early shot at the big time in First Circuit Court of Appeals.
The First Circuit has adopted amendments to Local Rule 46.0(f), broadening the scope of law student representation. Under the expanded rule, a law student may represent the federal government or a federal agency, and a law graduate may represent clients under certain circumstances while waiting to sit for the bar for the first time or waiting for bar examination results.
Of course, there are limitations to the not-quite-lawyer's new-found freedoms.
As every lawyer remembers from the National Professional Responsibility Exam, the client's written consent is key; a law student, whether representing an indigent client or the government, must secure the client's written consent to appear in court on the client's behalf. The law student must also work under a licensed lawyer's supervision.
In order to appear before the First Circuit, a law student must:
Law students take note: Elle Woods-wannabes must complete two years of legal studies to wax poetic before the First Circuit about how water deactivates ammonium thioglycolate in a new perm.
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