Attorney Admissions

The process for attorney admissions is diagramed in this flowchart HERE.
For those attorneys who have been recently admitted, the Northern District of New York welcomes you. We have included here a link to Civility in Litigation: a Voluntary Commitment as a reminder of your duties and liberties as an attorney. Also be sure to become familiar with the Federal Rules as well as our Local Rules and General Orders for the Northern District of New York.

Permanent Admission

To become permanently admitted to the court you must first start off by completing the Attorney E-Filing Registration Form. This will enable the clerk’s office to assign you a bar roll number and password for access to our Electronic Case Filing System (ECF). Your bar roll number and password will allow you to electronically file documents, view and retrieve electronic docket sheets and documents and receive electronically court orders and notices for any action in which you appear as attorney of record. You will also receive future mailings regarding new rules and other general court announcements via e-mail.

Secondly complete the Petition for Admission to Practice. Please make sure that it is signed and dated. Include a current (within the past six months) original Certificate of Good Standing (See Memo) from the New York State Appellate Division. If you are not a member of the New York State Bar, please submit a current (within the past six months) original Certificate of Good Standing from another federal court (outside of New York State), or highest court in the state where you regularly practice law. If admitted to practice in another federal district court outside of New York State, See N.D.N.Y. Local Rule 83.1(b).

**Note: Applicants who are members in good standing of a United States District Court for the Eastern, Western, or Southern District of New York need not appear for formal admission. Please send in the admission fee together with a Verified Petition, the Oath of Admission, and an original Certificate of Good Standing from the United States District Court where you are a member (must be dated within the last six months), Attorney Registration Statement, along with a proposed order granting the admission. A sponsor’s affidavit is not required. See N.D.N.Y. Local Rule 83.1(c).

Additionally, complete the Affidavit of Sponsor, the Oath of Admission, the Proposed Order, and an Admission Fee of $226.00 (Checks are payable to: "Clerk, U.S. District Court"). The Sponsor's Affidavit must be completed by an attorney who is admitted in good standing to practice in the Northern District of New York, and who has personal knowledge of your background and character. The sponsor must appear with you for admission.

Lastly, Select an Admission Date. Judges entertain admissions on their regularly scheduled motion days. See the listing of motion days, times and locations on Judges Monthly Motion Schedule. Be sure to select a date that is agreeable with your sponsor and include it in a covering letter to the clerk.

Send the completed admission papers to the Clerk’s Office at the location where you will be admitted. Be sure to include all the following:

Pro Hac Vice Admission

**Note: No appearance is necessary for this type of admission.The sponsoring attorney, that is, an attorney already admitted to practice in the Northern District of New York, electronically files the following documents in the case in which the attorney seeks to appear:

Oral Application for Pro Hac Vice

When an attorney requesting to be admitted Pro Hac Vice cannot follow the formal application process by motion as noted above, the applicant may be admitted to practice in this district upon an oral motion made in open court. The motion is made by the sponsoring attorney on the record. Immediately following the court proceeding, the applicant must report directly to the Clerk’s Office to pay the $100 Pro Hac Vice admission fee and to complete a New Attorney E-Filing Registration Form and Petition for Admission Form. The attorney will be given 30 days to submit additional documentation. A written Notice of Appearance must also be filed with the court in accordance with N.D.N.Y. Local Rule 83.2.

For additional questions please visit or our Admissions Frequently Asked Questions or contact your Local Office.

Student Practice

A law student appearing as a Student Practitioner may with the court's approval, under supervision of an attorney, appear on behalf of any person, including the United States Attorney, who has consented in writing on the form prescribed by the Clerk of the Court.

To view the complete rules regarding student practice in the New York Northern District Court please review General Order 13 regarding student practice.

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