The attorney admissions process is governed by DUCivR 83-1.1. Attorneys practicing in the U.S. District Court or U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Utah, must be active members in good standing of the this court's bar, a federal attorney authorized to practice before this court, or admitted pro hac vice.
To become a member of this court's bar, an attorney must be an active member in good standing of the Utah State Bar. Federal attorneys are exempt from this requirement and should proceed to the Federal Attorney section.
Please complete the online application available at www.pacer.uscourts.gov to apply for membership to this court's bar. Detailed instructions are available on the court's website. After the court reviews the application and verifies the information you provide, you will receive an email that includes a link to pay the admission fee. The fee must be paid within 30 days from the date of the email. If the fee is not timely paid, your application will be denied, and you will need to submit a new application.
Attorneys who are Utah residents or practice in Utah on a regular basis, unless exempt, need to apply and be admitted as members to the Utah State Bar to be eligible to practice law in the District of Utah. Please visit the Utah State Bar's website for information about the application process at https://www.admissions.utahbar.org
Attorneys who are already active members of this court’s bar, but who do not have efiling privileges, must register to efile and receive electronic notifications of case activity. Detailed instructions are available on the court's website.
Attorneys employed by or on special assignment for the United States Government and its agencies or employed by a Federal Public Defender’s Office (Federal Attorneys) may practice before this court in their official capacity as long as they are active member in good standing of any state bar (including the Utah State Bar) or the District of Columbia. Detailed instructions are available on the court's website.
The admission and annual renewal fees are waived for Federal Attorneys, including Federal Attorneys who maintain active membership in this court's bar and the Utah State Bar.
An attorney who is requesting pro hac vice admission must associate with local counsel who is an active member of this court's bar and a resident of Utah. Local counsel will file a motion, application, and proposed order. Pro hac vice instructions and forms are available on the court's website.
Immediately after filing the motion, the pro hac vice attorney must request efiling privileges. The efiling registration request will be approved after the court grants the motion. Without completing the online registration, pro hac vice attorneys cannot efile documents or receive electronic notifications of case activity. Detailed instructions are available on the court's website.
Law students may enter an appearance in any civil or misdemeanor case before the Court if they meet the requirements set forth in DUCivR 83-1.6. Law students appearing before the Court must be supervised by an attorney who is an active member of the court's bar; have the client's written permission to appear on the client's behalf; and be certified in writing by an official of their law school as having good character and the necessary qualifications to provide the legal representation permitted by DUCivR 83-1.6. A Supervision Attorney Consent form, a Client Consent form, and a Law School Certification form must be submitted to the court before the law student may enter an appearance.