Does a person have to be a member of the bar in order to represent me / act as my attorney?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Roseburg, OR

IE: Could I appoint a law student to represent me or do I have to have an actual attorney?

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  1. Orion Jacob Nessly

    Contributor Level 15


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    Answered . This is a bad idea!

    The only time that law students are allowed to practice law is under a limited set of circumstances where they are supervised by an attorney who is licensed to practice in Oregon. For example, Lewis And Clark Law School runs a program where tenants can get low-cost representation by law students practicing under a supervising attorney.

    To do otherwise is an ethics violation for the law student before they ever apply to the Oregon State Bar. Also, all attorneys in Oregon are required to carry Professional Liability Insurance. A law student would not have this, thus putting the client at even greater risk (in addition to the likely lack of experience).

    My responses to posts on AVVO are not legal advice, nor do they create an attorney-client relationship. In order... more
  2. Robert Lloyd Mauger Jr

    Contributor Level 15


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    Answered . You need to be represented by an attorney. Whether you know better or not, the law student better--no sense in getting disbarred before graduating; the job market is tough enough.

    Licensed in Oregon. Advice provided is general legal information relevant to the facts provided. It is not... more
  3. Jay Bodzin

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . You need an actual attorney. It is illegal to practice law without a license. See:

    Please read the following notice:

    Jay Bodzin is licensed to practice law in the State of Oregon and... more
  4. Keith G Langer


    Contributor Level 19


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    Answered . You will need an attorney to represent you in court if you are not representing yourself.

    A law student may appear, in most states, IF under the supervision of an admitted attorney. Otherwise, not.

    The foregoing is for general information purposes and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.
  5. Marcel Gesmundo


    Contributor Level 10

    Answered . As others have noted, you cannot be represented by the law student alone. The law student may do a lot of the actual lawyering but still must be supervised by an actual attorney who is ultimately responsible for your case.

    Discussions on Avvo should not be relied upon as legal advice and should not be substituted for an in depth... more

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