Attorney Admission Information

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the bar of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Here you will find information pertaining to the qualifications, requirements and procedures for attorney admission and maintaining bar membership with this Court. Please click on the area of interest below for further details.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for membership to the bar of this Court, an attorney must be a member in good standing of the bar of the Supreme Court of the State of Rhode Island, be of good moral character and, either:

General Admission

Prospective attorneys who seek admission to the bar of this Court pursuant to LR Gen 202(a)(2)(A), must attend the course of instruction on Federal Practice and Procedure (Attorney Admissions Program) given by the Court’s Board of Bar Admissions. The Attorney Admissions Program is offered once a year and usually held in late-January.  Information pertaining to the application process and registration for the Attorney Admissions Program will be posted on the Court’s website as the date nears.

2018 Attorney Admissions Program

2017 Attorney Admissions Program

For questions or information pertaining to the admission process please contact Jennifer Dias at (401) 752-7223. 


GENERAL ADMISSION (Without Course of Instruction)

Prospective attorneys who seek admission to the bar of this Court pursuant to LR Gen 202(a)(2)(B), must remit the following to the Clerk of Court:

Please submit the above to:

Clerk, U.S. District Court
One Exchange Terrace
Providence, RI 02903

If your application is incomplete or deficient, it may delay the approval of your application.  You will receive written notification from the Court when your application has been approved.  Attorneys must take the oath of admission in person.  Attorneys who are admitted to practice will automatically be registered for electronic filing and will receive a CM/ECF user name and password by e-mail. 

For questions or information pertaining to the admission process please contact Jennifer Dias at (401) 752-7223. 


Pro Hac Vice Admission

Absent an exemption from the Clerk’s Office in accordance with LR Gen 302(a), attorneys who are not members of the bar of this Court and seek to appear and practice pro hac vice pursuant to LR Gen 204, will now submit, through local counsel, a Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice and the applicable fee electronically using the Court’s Case Management/Electronic Case Files (“CM/ECF”) system.

Attorneys who seek to appear pro hac vice and local counsel must comply with the following procedure which is available below with other helpful materials:

For questions or information pertaining to the pro hac vice admission process, please contact the ECF Help Desk at (401) 752-7100.


Law Student Counsel

Law students who meet the requirements of LR Gen 206(f), and who wish to appear in a civil or criminal case as Law Student Counsel in this Court, must complete the Application to Appear as Law Student Counsel which is available below.  The completed application, along with a recommendation from the dean of the law school, should be emailed to the Clerk’s Office at lsc@rid.uscourts.gov.  Complete instructions on how to submit a Motion to Appear as Law Student Counsel can be found below along with other helpful materials:

For questions or information pertaining to the law student counsel admission process, please contact the ECF Help Desk at (401) 752-7100.

Bar Membership Renewal

Each member of the bar of this Court shall renew his or her bar registration between January 1 and March 31 of every fourth year (“Registration Renewal Period”), beginning with the year 2010. Bar registrations must be renewed even if an attorney has been a member for only a portion of the 4 years preceding the Registration Renewal Period. See LR Gen 203(c).

The next Membership Renewal period will be held in 2018.

For questions or information pertaining to the bar membership renewal process, please contact Jennifer Dias at (401) 752-7223.


Bar Membership Reinstatement

An attorney who has ceased to be a member of the Bar of this Court for any reason, including disbarment, suspension, failure to comply with the requirements
for continuation of membership, resignation or failure to renew membership in a timely manner, may apply for reinstatement by filing a completed application for reinstatement and paying the applicable reinstatement fee established by the Court.  See LR Gen 215(a)

Below please find the Application for Reinstatementand other helpful materials:

For questions or information pertaining to the reinstatement process, please contact Jennifer Dias at (401) 752-7223.


Request for Certificate of Good Standing/Duplicate Admission Certificate

Attorneys admitted to the Bar of this Court may request a Certificate of Good Standing or Duplicate Admission Certificate electronically using the Court’s Case Management/Electronic Case Files (“CM/ECF”) system.  To request a certificate, log into CM/ECF by clicking here, go to the Utilities menu on the top blue tool bar, and click on Request Certificate(s).  During the request, you will automatically be directed to the Pay.gov online payment process where you may use a credit card to pay the $19 fee.  Please note, Attorneys can submit a request for either certificate only for themselves using their CM/ECF login and password.

A certificate will be mailed to the address associated with your CM/ECF account unless you choose to pick up the certificate at the Clerk’s Office.  Please allow up to three (3) business days to process your request.  For more information about Pay.gov please click here.