Limited License Working Group

The Limited License Working Group was created on March 6, 2013 as a subcommittee of the Board Committee on Regulation, Admissions and Discipline Oversight (RAD). The charge of the working group was to explore, research and report back to the RAD Committee regarding the feasibility of developing and implementing standards for creating a limited license to practice law and/or the licensing of legal technicians, for those not fully admitted to the State Bar as attorneys. Such a license, if the Board of Trustees wishes to pursue it, would enable certified individuals to provide limited, discrete legal services to consumers in defined legal subject matter areas.

In June 2013 the Limited License Working Group recommended further study of the limited license concept and on July 18 and 19, 2013 the RAD Committee and Board of Trustees passed resolutions approving the Limited License Working Group recommendations and proposing a further, expanded study of access to justice challenges in California, including but not limited to the concept of limited license.

At its Nov. 15, 2013 meeting, the Board of Trustees authorized the creation of the Civil Justice Strategies Task Force to conduct this study.

Notices and Agendas


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January 2014
New Task Force will explore solutions to the justice gap

July 2013
Panel gives nod to limited license idea

May 2013
Limited-practice license idea faces challenging path

April 2013
State Bar Group to Hold Public Meeting on Limited-Practice Licensing

February 2013
State Bar to look at limited-practice licensing program


Francisco Gomez

The State Bar of California
180 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-538-2170