There is no higher or more powerful court in this country than the U.S. Supreme Court. For litigators, there is no greater or more elusive honor than to argue before this Court. Fortunately, you do not have to litigate your entire life in hopes that the Court might miraculously agree to hear your case to make an appearance. In fact, you need only practice a minimum of three years and be in good standing to be eligible.
Bar Admission Requirements
You must apply and be admitted to the Supreme Court bar to practice before the Court.
- Under Rule 5.1. “To qualify for admission to the Bar of this Court, an applicant must have been admitted to practice in the highest court of a State, Commonwealth, Territory or Possession, or the District of Columbia for a period of at least three years immediately before the date of application; must not have been the subject of any adverse disciplinary action pronounced or in effect during that 3-year period; and must appear to the Court to be of good moral and professional character.”
- You also need to be sponsored by two current members of the Supreme Court bar.
- Many law schools and bar organizations provide opportunities to apply for and attend an admission ceremony each year.